A Virtual Panic Attack | New Age Creators

A Virtual Panic Attack | New Age Creators


(tranquil music) – Believe it or not I don’t
have PhD. in psychology. But I have an honorary degree in worrying thanks to my anxiety and panic disorder. We’ve all felt anxious before. That uncomfortable feeling
in the pit of your stomach when you’re about to enter an exam. Or your sweaty palms when
you’re meeting new people. And your throat closing up when you’re about to tell
someone you like them. Uh. But when does your worry
about everyday situations become so uncontrollable and unrealistic that it can hinder you? When does it cross a line? Anxiety is as much a
part of me as my height, or my eyesight. It’s just there, inside my brain. Some days I’ve got it under control. I can curb my thoughts
and soften my worries. Other days there’s no stopping it. I’m a creator. I live in my head. And most of the time
it’s a nice place to be. But every now and then my
anxiety makes me feel unwelcome. You know what? I’m done talking about it. Why don’t I just show you. It starts small like a dripping tap, or a pencil drumming on a desk. It’s in the back of my mind. I can hear it, and feel it. It’s constant and irritating. I can’t turn it off and then it grows. Becomes more prominent and
suddenly it’s all around me. Panic leaves your heart
pounding in your chest, your lungs gasping for air, your hands shaking, your skin tingling. You feel nauseous. Your chest aches. Your temperature goes up. Most times, there’s no cause at all. I did nothing wrong, and everything right. I followed protocol. I should’ve been happy. Anxiety just doesn’t follow the rules. But even if it may seem like it, it’s not the end of the world. I know that it’ll pass and I found ways that help me cope. When I’m restless I take the
pacing outside and walk it off. I listen to playlists of
nature sounds or songs that calm me down. I exercise, taking care
of all the excess energy from my fight or flight reflex. And I call someone I trust, and I don’t hang up the phone unitl I feel myself relax. (phone ringing) – [Voiceover] Hey, what’s up? – And I’m gonna end
this on an honest note. This wasn’t an easy video to make. I had a panic attack just
sitting in front of a blank page, because the stigma surrounding
mental health issues makes me feel less than. But I want to change
that for me, and for you. If just one person
connects with this video, and feels less alone because of it, then it was worth the
frustration and struggle. Mental health issues can
make you feel alienated, but they shouldn’t. They don’t define you or make you weak. Talk to someone. There are links in the
description that can get you the support you might need. And let’s work together
and create an environment where people with a mental illness can get the help they need and feel safe. And let’s start right
here in the comments. Thanks for taking the
time to watch my video. If you want to see more of
me at the New Age Creators you can click one of the videos or the info button in
the top right corner.

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