An important reminder for people with an anxiety disorder is this: You are not alone.
Apart from sharing your experiences with your counselor or psychiatrist, you can also seek out support groups where you can communicate feelings or experiences that you may encounter, as well as deliver and receive encouraging messages from other anxiety disorder patients.There are also applications that you can download on your smartphone or tablet that can help with mediating feelings of anxiety and/or stress.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) is an international and non-profit organization based in Silver Spring, Maryland, that focuses on the "prevention, treatment and cure of anxiety, depressive, obsessive-compulsive and trauma-related disorders through, education, practice and research." 1
TherapyTribe, which started in 2005, is an online community that brings together people who are experiencing mental health problems, addictions and other diseases. The organization firmly believes that "communicating, sharing and connecting with others in your community will have a positive [effect] on your healing and your life."4
Under TherapyTribe, you'll be able to find AnxietyTribe, which focuses on people who have anxiety disorders. What's great about AnxietyTribe is that activity streams, forums and chat rooms are available for its users.5 Plus, the network allows you to join wellness challenges, access a wellness tracker, send reminders to friends you've made on the site, send affirmative messages and start with mind mapping.6
Big White Wall (BWW)
This U.K.-based organization was established by social entrepreneur Jen Hyatt in 2007. The BWW has become a well-recognized online platform that focuses mainly on providing "a safe and anonymous route to mental health support and recovery." In 2013, NHS Choices, England's publicly funded national healthcare system, officially recognized the BWW as a vital component in mental health therapy.7
Take note that the BWW is free only in areas in the U.K. via the NHS, different employers and universities, as well as to U.K. serving personnel, veterans and their families. A fee of £24 is available should you wish to subscribe to the BWW.8 If you join, here are some of the features that you can do on the BWW:9,10
✓ Access an anonymous support community
✓ Post Talkabouts that allow you to share experiences and gain advice, whether by sharing to the whole community, certain groups or chat threads
✓ Create a "Brick" that allows you to express yourself by uploading images or drawing pictures
✓ Assess yourself by taking tests that'll help you discover more about yourself, set goals and track your progress
✓ Learn "Useful Stuff," or information pieces that will assist you in learning more about your condition and what you are feeling
✓ Join programs or online guided support courses about different topics and use recognized therapies
What's even better is that iOS and Android applications are already available for the BWW, so even if you don't have access to a laptop or desktop but have internet connection, you can just open the application.
Helpful Applications for People With Anxiety Disorders
If you're uncomfortable interacting with people online for long periods of time, why not download these applications on your smartphone or tablet? These can help you cope with anxious feelings that you may experience. Here are some useful applications for people living with anxiety disorders, as suggested by BuzzFeed:11
✓ Pacifica (free on iOS and Android)
✓ Headspace ($6.24 to 12.95 per month after a free 10-day trial, available on iOS and Android)
✓ Breathe2Relax (free on iOS and Android)
✓ PTSD Coach (free on iOS and Android)
✓ Positive Activity Jackpot (free on Android)
✓ Acupressure: Heal Yourself ($1.99 on iOS and Android)
✓ Worry Watch ($1.99 on iOS)
✓ I Can Be Free (free for first session but $2.99 for additional recordings, available on iOS and Android)
✓ Stress Doctor ($4.99 on iOS)
✓ MindShift (free on IOS and Android)
Although these applications may seem beneficial for your condition, remember that they are not meant to be substitutes for professional treatment.12 If you're experiencing any negative feelings that may be signs of an anxiety disorder, seek help immediately.