I know that a lot of people come into therapy feeling embarrassed or disappointed with themselves. To admit you aren’t coping seem like failure, and we often believe that we should be able to manage everything on our own. Yet everything you have learned about yourself and your life has come from interaction with other people.
The simple fact is, we need other people to survive no matter what how old we are or what roles we have in life.
I recently came across this article about an Australian Academic, an expert in his field, who found himself unable to cope with the pressures of a television interview. In it, he gives a very honest account of his long standing anxiety, and also describes how liberating it has been to share his difficulties since the incident. In a sense, I guess he is no longer anxious that people will find out about his anxiety.. and that’s a great step forward!
I have provided a link below to the article that appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald. Within that is a link to his blog recounting the moment.