Thought Catalog

Panic Attacks

What To Do If Your Social Anxiety Feels Unmanageable

The usual go-to response to admitting you have social anxiety is something along the lines of: “Calm down, you’re fine.” But you aren’t. These are ways to handle your social anxiety in a productive and self-accepting manner, that will ease your stress in the moment and make even anticipating the feeling much more manageable.

What I Wish People Understood About Living With PTSD

If someone has never experienced an intense trauma which can trigger panic attacks after the fact, chances are they won’t fully understand the importance of trigger warnings on potentially damaging content. This is the number one thing I want people to learn about PTSD and triggers – they’re real, and dismissing them is dangerous.

I’m Slowly Learning To Forgive Myself For My Anxiety

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I have to learn to forgive myself for all of my bad days. For the days where I don’t want to do anything but lie in bed and stare at the walls. For the days where I don’t do anything but press my body further towards my mattress, wanting everything to go away. I’m slowly learning to forgive myself for when I can’t see the light. For when all I see is darkness.