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Photographers who suffer from the dreaded anxiety!

Discussion in 'Web Sites of Interest' started by Louise, Sep 22, 2016.

  1. Louise

    Louise Well-Known Member

    Warning, may trigger off more then your mental shutter release. Beware!

    I have had this condition, and I hate it. Sometimes I know what triggers it off, sometimes I don't. My photography helps me take my mind off it sometimes (depends how bad it is) I have found some other photographers who have a similar condition to me so i thought I would share here.

    Does anyone else on this site suffer from anxiety?




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  2. IvorETower

    IvorETower Little Buttercup

    Not so much anxiety as depression.... hopefully over the worst now, but being somewhat introverted hasn't been a help. The world is seemingly a place for the extroverts
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  3. Louise

    Louise Well-Known Member

    I have that as well :)
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  4. IvorETower

    IvorETower Little Buttercup

    We ought to get together some time !
    Currently I am spending more time than I woudl like assisting my mum coping with my bed-ridden father (they are both in their 80's).... been a while since I took the train to Salisbury for a day out
  5. Elliejones

    Elliejones Active Member

    I don't suffer from depression, but high anxiety which in the past has lead to periods of panic attacks and agoraphobia, there were many places that I would avoid or activities that I wouldn't do as it meant walking to far away from the car..... If I managed it, the anxiety levels meant that I really didn't enjoy it...

    But taking up photography I have done more this year than I've done probably in the last 10 years...

    I've gone on holiday, walked miles and miles in the country side.... I even traveled for an hour to attend a photograph day course all on my own which amazed my family.... But best of all, I've gone home tired, and spent the day out without feeling anxious at all.... Such a lovely feeling.

    My next quest, is to go out on my very own to take wildlife photograph,

    But for me, I may not be the greatest photographer, but I am improving but the enjoyment I get is priceless..
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  6. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    I have been dealing with depressive episodes for the last thirty odd years and in the last two have added the joy of panic attacks to the mix, just because, you know, there wasn't enough going on. Photography has certainly been a useful tool for me, getting me out and doing things when otherwise it would be easier to stay indoors and refuse to meet other people. In fact, in spite of an awful lot of upheaval and emotional upset over the last year, I have managed to stay off medication of any sort in spite of the panic attacks. I do know the cause of those, they were a direct result of family circumstances but would hit at the most odd times which could be excrutiatingly embarrassing. And of course...the stress of the embarrassment does nothing to make the panic attack any better. I'm keen to stay off anti-depressants if I can because the last time I was on them I didn't react well and started missing appointments and refusing to go out. It's a dreadful, dreadful thing to feel trapped like that and I don't want to go there again. Whenever I have a camera in my hand, I feel more confident, less conspicuous and less self-conscious - it's all good as far as I'm concerned - and nobody has to like my pictures but me!
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  7. Elliejones

    Elliejones Active Member


    Not sure if you've already been told this, but when the breathing starts to hyperventilate prior to a panic attack, is to straighten up and push your shoulders down, this helps to control breathing and can prevent a fully fledge panic attack. It forces the body to relax, as panic attacks are your flight/fight mode kicking in, and the body scrunches up for flight, but this restricts the breathing... You still might feel shaky with the impact of an adrenaline rush effect, but avoid the fear etc of a full blown panic attack.

    apologies if you already know this
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  8. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    No need to apologise. I did know, although not when they first started, and that might be useful to someone else reading.
  9. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    Hi Louise, am not wishing to appear to be belittling what you are concerned about here but yes, every time I judge a photo competition I agonise during and afterwards, sometimes before as well! Not on the same level as a real anxiety problem. Life does create plenty of scope for anxiety, modern life even more. There are antidotes. Cheers, Oly
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  10. Louise

    Louise Well-Known Member

    Everyone is a unique photographer, I take Australian Bach rescue rememdy which helps. My photo's aren't brillient but I like them :)
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  11. IvorETower

    IvorETower Little Buttercup

    Same here !
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  12. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Funny (peculiar not ha ha). Photography is anti-therapeutic for me. Sleeping and writing work much better. And probably best of all, reading.


  13. Louise

    Louise Well-Known Member

    I never heard of it, what does it do please? :)
  14. Louise

    Louise Well-Known Member

    I gave up trying to register in the end because I clicked on the activation link after choosing a user name but it didn't give me a password and wouldn't recognise my user name. Sorry :(
  15. Skyehammer

    Skyehammer Well-Known Member

    I had to leave my job after a back operation failed to cure my mobility problems , I knew I was heading towards depression etc so bought myself a Nikon F80 to see whether Photography was for me or not , I loved it so invested in a Nikon D7000 and a couple of lenses - 6 months later I contracted sepsis and by all accounts I should have died - I didn't but it did put me out of action for several months . Cutting a long story short I was quite badly affected by the experience , I made excuse after excuse not to go out but in time and with encouragement from my wife I started to enjoy life once more - Photography certainly played a huge part in my recovery .
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  16. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    So you will relate to my signature below :)

    I find my Autism actually helps. Except I loath crowds, can be a drawback as an NUJ Journalist :) :)

    Your last 2 links don't work
  17. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    the thread is from 2016
  18. ascu75

    ascu75 Well-Known Member

    Depression is awful and can really affect your life if you think you are depressed seek help. My best two tablets each day are my antidepressants. Talk to someone about how you feel and see a doctor.
  19. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    I remember when I was suffering depression fighting for custody of my sons (I won, took 18 months) my father said

    These people with depression want to snap out of it and pull themselves together, (oh I hated my Father), he changed his tune when his wife died and he ...............
  20. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    I note that over the past month more people have spoken openly about any problems than before, GREAT :)
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