Okay. Let’s do this. I’m writing an article about my experiences with anxiety (guess how anxious that makes me!). Anxiety disorders affect around 14% of Australians — but it’s something we have very little public discourse about, without lumping anxiety in with the general topic of mental health. Is it a closed cycle — terror of talking about terror?
If anyone feels comfortable chatting, however anonymously, I have some questions. You can answer here, or PM or email me: zenobia dot frost at gmail dot com.
1. Have you felt comfortable talking about how anxiety affects your life with friends, family, workmates, your boss? Why?
2. Have you had experiences of doctors dismissing anxiety?
3. In the media, anxiety is more often a source of comedy than a serious mental health issue. Do you have any examples of fictional anxiety sufferers being treated seriously or positive/productive narratives about anxiety?
4. What makes you feel more comfortable (or what do you think *would* make you feel more comfortable) talking about anxiety?
5. To what do you attribute silence surrounding anxiety and panic disorders (personally and/or in public discourse)?
help a sister out! Zen is the best and talking about anxiety in public fora should probably happen more often