Updated: Jan 21, 2020
Did you know an ocean wave can be described as a disturbance that travels through the water from one location to another?
That is exactly how I used to describe my anxiety and panic attacks ~ a wave!
Hi my name is August Rose, author and founder of The Anxiety Guides. I was a long-time anxiety sufferer with signs showing up as young as five years old. It wasn’t until high school that I experienced my first official panic attack and my whole life took an unexpected turn. Was the rest of my life going to be like this?
I didn’t talk about my anxiety disorder as much as I should have because I felt scared and embarrassed. Was it normal to feel this way, were these intrusive thoughts real? If so, what would people think of me? Would they treat me differently? This thought process went on for years and in turn my anxiety was left untreated and allowed to grow and morph as it pleased. This was especially the case after the birth of my second child. I developed severe postpartum anxiety that lasted two years. The new symptoms postpartum anxiety brought on finally steered me towards making a change. I could no longer live this way and was ready to tackle my anxiety. But how?
In order to make the change and do it successfully I knew it would take a plan, goal setting, and time. At first, I scheduled a few doctor appointments. First with my general doctor to make sure I didn’t have an underlying health condition contributing to my anxiety. Next, I visited my cardiologist regarding my constant heart palpitations and skipped beats. After a thorough checkup (actually a couple checkups because I needed a second opinion) I was told my symptoms were due to anxiety. Other steps included meeting with a therapist, taking anxiety specific courses, and learning what methods worked best.
You can read my full story in, Take Control and Calm the Waves.
I was able to recover from my anxiety. It is possible. Once I reached recovery I immediately knew I wanted to help others reach that point as well. I took an opportunity to become a certified wellness advocate and certified in mental health first aid. I started creating helpful content to provide to family and friends.
My ultimate goal was to complete and publish a self-help guide to provide further support to those I loved. I am happy to say that I completed my goal and am so proud of myself for doing so. My hope is that by sharing my story, techniques and unique content I can make a difference for other people struggling with anxiety. So please if you or someone you know is battling anxiety, panic attacks, or stress have them join me at The Anxiety Guides. I’m here to help!