MENTAL HEALTH: Twitter users get real on feelings and effects of anxiety, they go on to list the symptoms of anxiety they experience to highlight patterns.
As we struggle to come to terms with mental illness, being a real medical condition, people who do suffer from it suffer the stigma from society while trying to live a normal life. Many are considered ‘crazy’ or ‘mad’ and episodes as ‘overreaction’.
For the longest time, visiting a therapist was a taboo
Thankfully, nowadays people are opening more about their mental health issues as stirring awareness surrounding depression and anxiety. However, there is a long way to go.
Recently Twitter users shared their experiences of anxiety. They are listing physical and emotional symptoms, like increased heart rate, sweaty palms, tiredness, the urge to cry all the time, etc. which are caused by their individual bouts of anxiety but are often overlooked.
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Here are responses from Twitter users:
Here’s taking an opportunity to address anyone experiencing such symptoms – never overlook these symptoms and confuse it with being ‘sad’, ‘upset’, or having ‘just a bad day’. It is best to consult a doctor when you spot a pattern. Taking care of one’s mental health is as important as our physical health.
The South African Depression And Anxiety Group (SADAG) is Africa’s largest mental health support and advocacy group open 7 days a week from 8am – 8pm.
If you are needing a referral to a psychologist, psychiatrist or support group call SADAG on 011 234 4837 or 0800 20 50 26 and speak to a trained counselor who can assist you further.
Substance abuse hotline: 0800 12 13 14 is available 24hrs or alternatively email Zane on email@example.com