Coping with stress related psychiatric disorders - my story

Dealing with psychiatric disorders related to stress can be a difficult journey. When I first realized the symptoms I was feeling – paralysis of my thoughts, anxiety attacks, mood swings, and overall feelings of loneliness and hopelessness — it was a scary experience.

I was unsure what to do or where to turn for help. But I knew I needed it so I started by searching online for answers. Reading through different stories about how others were coping and managing their issues, I felt like there might be hope for me after all.

I decided to start seeing a therapist and psychiatrist to figure out what steps to take next. In that process, they helped me identify the underlying cause of my stress-related issues – an inability to cope with life’s uncertainties — and devised ways to manage them through techniques such as journaling, positive thinking exercises, relaxation practices, mindfulness meditation, yoga and more.

The physician also prescribed medication when necessary as additional assistance in space between myself and the source of the stress of my disorder. It has made a huge difference — mentally, emotionally & physically throughout this journey so far.

I’m still not healed completely but now I have a better understanding of how to navigate my life differently and am slowly easing into being at peace with myself again… It’s been a long road but one worth taking!