'Hit by freezing water': People describe exactly what their mental illness feels like

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Health Assured team

17 February 2017

'When I have a bad anxiety attack it feels like I’m drowning'
Every week, an estimated one in six people will have experienced a common mental illness, and one in four of us will have to deal with some kind of mental ill-health at some point in our lives.   Yet stigma still surrounds conditions including depression and anxiety, which are the most common in the UK, to bi-polar and anorexia. And just like with any condition - physical or mental - it is impossible to grasp exactly what a person is experiencing.   In attempt to melt away confusion and shame surrounding mental illness, we asked people to describe what their condition feels like in a way that someone who hasn't experienced it might be able to relate to. While their descriptions were all unique, they all shared one thing: encouraging others to seek help and an eagerness to raise awareness that no one should be alone when struggling with their mental health.   Excerpt from The Independent Online, to read the full article visit their website here.  


Anxiety is a normal response to stress or danger. At times it is helpful because it can help prepare the body for action, and it can improve performance in a range of situations.   Anxiety becomes a problem when it is experienced intensely and it persistently interferes with a person’s daily life.   Anxiety symptoms are extremely common – everybody experiences them from time to time. There are several conditions where anxiety is one of the main symptoms. Phobias, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) and post-traumatic stress disorder can all cause severe anxiety.   Download the Health Assured guide for Coping with Anxiety   For more information regarding mental health including Anxiety and Depression visit the online Health and Wellbeing Portal or call the number below.

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