It’s time to change how we treat anxiety
Managing employees with anxiety can be tricky. Anxiety is complex and multi layered.
An example of this is a woman who fully believed she had COVID19.
Despite having none of the symptoms, she had convinced herself after hours and hours of watching news reports on Covid19 that she had the virus.
The physical reaction she experienced within her body was so severe that she spent weeks in bed until eventually she made an appointment to see her GP.
While she didn’t have COVID19, what she did have was anxiety.
Having been told she had anxiety by her G.P, the fear of having a mental heath condition actually outweighed the fear of having COVID19.
In her mind, anxiety meant that she couldn’t cope. It meant that she was out of control. Anxiety for her was a fear of “what if I can’t look after my daughter” was “what do I do with this?!“
It was like she was being given a hot potato that she couldn’t put down. Sadly, the GP did not take the time to explain to her what anxiety was. They didn’t breakdown to her what was happening in her mind and her body.
Instead, she walked away with a prescription for beta blockers, anti anxiety tablets and sleeping tablets.
I don’t know how much you know about anxiety, but any form of medication like that is not going to resolve the fear and rewire the brain.
After only a short time on the combination of medication she became suicidal with thoughts of not wanting to be here.
In the UK we don’t have an effective patient pathway when it comes to managing mental health. Unless an employee seeks out private health, most are put on waiting lists or simply prescribed medication, which leaves them feeling powerless.
That’s why we developed the employee wellbeing portal for organisations.
The employee wellbeing portal is packed full of powerful resources and content covering the spectrum of mental health that can help to plug the gap, and give your people the guidance that they need when they’re dealing with anxiety.
As we continue to navigate our way through Covid19, rates of anxiety are continuing to soar, therefore the time to act is now.