Mind & Body

#AnxietyMakesMe shows how anxiety manifests differently for everyone

A viral thread on Twitter just goes to show how prevalent and different anxiety is, but it’s a nice reminder you’re not alone, too. 

The viral hashtag #AnxietyMakesMe has shed light on just how differently anxiety affects individuals, including symptoms and triggers.

The popular trend on Twitter appears to have been started by user @DoYouEvenLif, who wrote: “I want to start a hashtag game tonight to help as many people as I can with anxiety. Please include the hashtag #AnxietyMakesMe before you respond. Let’s get some of our blocks, fears, and worries out on here.”

Conversation flowed quickly, with some with anxiety describing how it keeps them up at night to preventing them from sleeping almost at all.

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Others say it makes them second-guess everything they do, even how they walk and talk to people.

Some tweets touched on how their anxiety has been affected due to the current COVID pandemic, which is unsurprisingly really, considering Google searches for ‘anxiety’ and ‘panic attack’ hit an all-time high in 2020, up 52 percent.

But it also just goes to show how very prevalent this mental health condition is and this thread might be a helpful reminder that you’re not alone.

Indeed, in Australia, it affects one in four people at some stage in their life, and over a 12-month period, over two million Australians experience anxiety, according to Beyond Blue.

Indeed, it can manifest itself in many ways.

According to clinical psychologist Meredith Fuller, there are five main types of anxiety disorders, all of which have major differentiation between them from their respective symptoms, causes, and treatment. But a free, easy-to-do remedy is deep, slow breathing.

“It is free, it is easy, and its effects are immediate,” she told Body+Soul.

“What is important to remember is if [anxiety] is impacting your lifestyle it is time to get help from an expert like a psychologist or psychiatrist who can assist with a range of techniques from breathing and relaxation to cognitive therapy, or even medication which can provide immediate, short term or longer-term assistance.”

Mental health professionals are available 24/7 at the beyondblue Support Service – 1300 22 46 36 or online here for a chat (3pm-12am AEST) or email response.