Anonymous said: Hi... I am having some serious issues with stress and anxiety this year, and I have made an appt. to speak to a psychiatrist about it. It was nerve-wracking but I think it will help. My problem is... the appt. is months away, and it was the earliest time available. I need help now! I am afraid of what my issues are doing to my schoolwork, and my levels of anxiety are increasing constantly. I am losing any ability I had to cope with this and it's starting to affect my life
Hey there anon, I’m proud of you for reaching out and making an appointment to speak to a professional about this. that is a long time to wait for an appointment.
In the meanwhile I encourage you to send an email or write a note to your school’s disability services or school nurse/wellness center to explain your condition. The school and staff should be accommodating for your inability to complete schoolwork in a timely fashion.They can also help direct you to more immediate resources.
In the meanwhile I encourage you to look at our helpful resources for anxiety :Anxiety and Panic Disorder
- Help Guide A site containing articles to help understand, help numbers, “tool kits”, and self help.
- Mental Support Community A forum to talk about anxiety disorders and how it effects your life.
- Mental Help A site that has basic information, resources, articles, and a list of books that might be helpful.
- Living with anxiety has some great information and some self help advice.
- Here is a great explanation of anxiety and some self help tips.
- This is a guide to Muscle Relaxation that might help your anxiety.
- Here is also an article on social anxiety disorder self help tips.
- Here is also some information on exploring and coping with panic attacks.
- Here is some information and self help tips on how to handle panic attacks.
- Here are some exercises you can do that helps to keep you in the present and to control anxiety grounding techniques. Mental grounding exercises. Physical grounding exercises. Soothing grounding exercises.
- Mood Gym is an interactive website that allows you to learn cognitive behaviour therapy skills for preventing and coping with anxiety.
- This is a moodchart with a specific anxiety and irritability scale that allows you to measure and track your day to day anxiety levels.
- Here is a online self help book that has some self help tips and information on social skills training.
- Here is a self help workbook that you might find helpful panic attacks workbook.
- Beyond Blue - a nonprofit working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related disorders in Australia.
- Social Anxiety Support
- Anxiety management techniques
I highly recommend MoodGym and the Anxiety Management Techniques post, specifically the tidbit on carrying around a calming object with you to focus on when you’re feeling under pressure or anxious.
To add to that, here are posts on handling stress :
We’re also here to talk if you need anything :)
- Carry around an object that you can focus on when you feel anxiety or panic increasing. Alternatively, have a poem onhand you can recite to focus your attention and mind
- Exercise, eat, and sleep right. Prioritize and list out activities you need to do so you don’t stress yourself out as easily.
- Gauge your own body and mind’s stress level and go from there :)
Best wishes !
black girls with eating disorders are so important & need to be protected
because it’s believed that we don’t think about things like that, we all apparently love our “inherently” thick bodies and thickness is something we all glorify and strive to achieve
we’re too “strong” to have any kind of illness, especially not an ED
EDs among black girls are so common and are easily dismissed as “white girl stuff” and thats so destructive and harmful