Stress & Anxiety
Stress and anxiety are actually part and parcel of the ‘fight or flight’ mechanism that has served humans well over many thousands of years, from learning how to avoid sabre tooth tigers to carrying out that important presentation to our boss. Without a certain level of heightened response to situations we will not perform well.
When these heightened responses become overwhelming it is damaging, and particularly so to people with HAE where we know stress can trigger HAE attacks.
The Covid-19 pandemic has forced us to reduce social contact, home-school our children, take part in ‘virtual’ consultations instead of face-to-face ones, and some of us have needed to shield. This has in turn caused us all to reassess what is important to us, what frightens us and what increases our feelings of isolation and anxiety. At no time has it been so important to maintain a healthy mental state, particularly when HAE attacks are often exacerbated by anxiety and mental stress.
Here we have some simple routines and suggestions to assist us in managing these conditions, from Dr Mari Campbell, a highly respected clinical psychologist who specialises in the complex issues surrounding Rare diseases and the effects of living with one.
Anger or Irritability
Anger & irritability
Listening & Advice Services
Samaritans – 08457 90 90 90 or www.samaritans.org
CALM (the campaign against living miserably) – 0800 58 58 58 or www.thecalmzone.net
HOPE Line UK (under 35 year olds having thoughts of suicide) – . Call 0800 068 41 41, text 07860039967 or https://papyrus-uk.org/hopelineuk/
Support Line 01708 765 200 or www.supportline.org.uk