Next two questions in the survey;
8. Is SA actually part of a personality type?
I am still not sure and I suppose it’s the old argument of nature or nurture. I have certainly felt more nurture as my parents had many attributes that I feel contributed to my anxiety but I think there is also clear evidence from animal research that we may also pass on behaviour traits from our ancestors so it’s probably a combination of both.
9. Is there anything you would like to change in society that would make things easier for you?
I think it should to be easier to visit your GP for mental health problems with just as much confidence as if it was a physical problem. It’s clear this still doesn’t happen from the replies on mental health forums and I also feel that training for many GP’s in mental health is still quite poor.There should be clear guidelines for treating people with depression and anxiety rather than the doctor blindly guessing and then doing anything he feels like. There is still a stigma attached to mental health which needs removing which even exists in the medical profession. I have read replies from several women on anxiety forums who have been told by a doctor, even therapist when they were younger that all they needed was to get a boyfriend and that would cure them of anxiety. FFS! Its as bad as people with depression being told to get out more or take a walk.