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CRUSH

 

THE

 

STIGMA

ANXIETY DISORDERS

 

 

THIS WEEK'S TOPIC:

 

...is a weekly brochure that informs young adults on various topics, and disproves stereotypes, stigmas, and misconceptions. 

 

Topics can range from:

  • Mental health issues,
  • School/Work,
  • Genders,
  • Societal Standards, 

and Many More. 

 

 

CRUSH

THE

STIGMA...

To learn more about CTS:

  • facebook.com/crush-the-stigma
  • instagram.com/crush.the.stigma
  • twitter.com/CTStweets
  • crush-the-stigma.com

What is anxiety

"As someone who lives

with anxiety, one way to

explain it is like this:

anxiety feels like the

electric ball in your

stomach the night before

a field trip; or it's the

sweat on your neck and

jitteriness before a job

interview. Now, imagine

that but with seemingly

no cause! You wake up nervous, you go to school with worried, you take a walk and just feel heavy."Quote from the Author

>Using official terms, anxiety is "a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome."

 

>Types: social, and general anxiety disorders, OCD, or obsessive compulsive disorder, and, phobias

>Excessive worrying

>Problem sleeping

>Avoiding social events

>Feeling exhausted after going oout
>Heart palpitations

>Not being able to sit still

>Trouble concentrating
>Nausea

>Twitching

>Headaches

>Heavy or light head

 

 

 

 

SYMPTOMS...

"So for me, my panic attacks kinda shut down my whole body. First, I get really distracted and irritated and that is the first sign, then I'll start having trouble taking deep breaths. Sometimes I start trembling but that's only when it's really bad. The way I handle it is I just pull my body in as close as possible, like making a ball out of myself. I don't really put thoughts together or pay attention to my surroundings, it's kind of like passing out because when it's finished I don't remember too much about what happened. My heart rate spikes and I get really red and sweaty and have to make an effort to breathe properly. It's different for everyone though!!!!" Quote by a friend: panic Attacks

STIGMA

(SOMTIMES WORSE THAN THE ACTUAL ANXIETY)

REAL TALK SEGMENT.

Stigma is when one person believes they're superior to another based on things like sexuality, race, and in this case mental health issues. They believe people with anxiety are weak,  faking it, and should snap out of it. These are all wrong. 

 

People with anxiety suffer from a chemical imbalance in their brain. They are born with this, it does not make them weak, nor can they "snap out of it". The stigma around anxiety is sometimes worse than dealing with anxiety itself, as people treat you differently, don't believe you, or belittle you. 

 

It makes it difficult to receive the proper care as people are embarrased, or internalizing this stigma. They start to think "Why can't I snap out of this? Why am I like this? Is this really all in my head?". This is poisonous thinking, and anyone with a mental health issue needs to remember that it is not their fault.

 

To help crush the stigma, you can do the following:

 

>Openly support people with mental health issues

>Edcuate yourself so you can disprove incorrect assumptions

>Stand up to an offensive joke instead of

standing by

>Read articles like CTS to spread awareness

>Participate in things like #bellletstalk on

social media to spread awareness

>Never doubt or not believe someone when

they open up about their mental health

issues

 

 

 

 

what to do if you or someone you knows has anxiety:

> Support them and offer to talk

> Ask an adult, teacher, or counsellor for help

> Call 1-800-KIDS-HELP line for a professional

> Research on websites like WebMD

> Excercise

> Meditate

> Drink less caffeine (sleep better)

> Go to a walk in clinic

> If suicidal/danger to themselves go to emerge

> mydepressionteam.com

> Contant CTS on one of our websites and our admins will conect you with the help you need!

RESOURCES FOR ANXIETY DISORDERS