I wish to thank you for printing the article regarding anxiety (January 9) by Dr Cathy Stephenson. This article was very informative, I hope it will help fellow sufferers.
I myself have axiety, and have read several books on the subject. I have found out that anxiety can strike a person in their 20s as it did myself.
I was very lucky, I was treated by a marvelous psychiatrist from my local hospital in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England. As soon as I met him, I gained 100 per cent confidence in his ability to get me well again.
The anxiety gave me agoraphobia, which is the fear of open spaces. I was visited at home, and given several tasks to perform, always making notes of what I had feared. I was to walk a little way from my home, accompanied by my mother, and note down my feelings. The biggest task was to walk by myself to the bottom of my road, losing sight of my home, and walk back again. When I reached home I was covered in perspiration, but I had achieved something I hadn’t achieved for a long time. This gave me the confidence to walk longer distances, until I recovered. I felt