Encouragement, Stigma, Struggle, Validation

An Open Letter to My Professor

When I entered class, I didn't expect you to say something so personal. When you told us we would discuss a poem based on a racially-charged murder, I knew that we were going to be in for a difficult discussion about race. I was prepared for that. I set my personal feelings aside because I… Continue reading An Open Letter to My Professor

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An Open Letter to My Anxiety Disorder

To my anxiety disorder: Today is the day of an important anniversary. Today, it's been an entire year since I last had a panic attack. To be honest, I didn't know if this day would ever come. When I was first diagnosed, you seemed so big and unruly. You towered over me, and you didn't… Continue reading An Open Letter to My Anxiety Disorder

Information, Stigma

What I Wish People Understood About Anxiety Disorders

Lately, I've noticed quite a few misconceptions about anxiety disorders. Unless you experience an anxiety disorder firsthand, it's hard to understand what it's like to live with one. Unfortunately, society fuels a lot of the stigma surrounding mental illnesses; stigma spreads false information and prevents people from seeking treatment. Today, I wanted to take a… Continue reading What I Wish People Understood About Anxiety Disorders

Encouragement, Injustice, Struggle

Never Be Ashamed of Who You Are

Shame. It's such a powerful feeling. It can remove your pride and self-esteem in a flash. It can make you feel like you're two inches tall. It can make you feel embarrassed, or even humiliated, because of things you can't control. And if you're shamed often enough by the right number of people, eventually, you… Continue reading Never Be Ashamed of Who You Are

Encouragement

Sharing Your Dreams and Desires

Before we begin today's post, let me take a moment and ask you a question: what are your dreams for your life? Can you picture how you want your life to play out? Or do you have a hard time? Sometimes, when you have an anxiety disorder, it's hard to view the future in a… Continue reading Sharing Your Dreams and Desires

Coping, Encouragement, Struggle

Boyfriends and Anxiety Disorders

Having an anxiety disorder is downright frustrating sometimes. You have so many things that you want to do, but sometimes, you're at the mercy of your anxiety. This has especially been the case in my own life. I was diagnosed with my anxiety disorder in my sophomore year of high school. After I was diagnosed,… Continue reading Boyfriends and Anxiety Disorders

Celebrations, Encouragement, Validation

Birthday Celebrations

When you think of your birthday, what do you think of? Celebrating with family and friends? Eating delicious food? Having fun? All of the above? Birthday celebrations can be a lot of fun, but when you have an anxiety disorder, this isn't necessarily the case. For example: Someone with social anxiety might not like a… Continue reading Birthday Celebrations

Encouragement, Stigma, Struggle

Anxiety Disorders and Exhaustion

"Why are you always so tired?" Most of the time, people aske me this question after I tell them "I'm tired." If I had a nickel for every time someone's asked me this question, I would be a millionaire. I've always been at a loss for how to respond to this question. How do you… Continue reading Anxiety Disorders and Exhaustion

Coping, Self-Care

How I Cope: Knitting

Welcome back to the final installment in my How I Cope series! In this series, I discussed how exercise, reading, and writing help me to cope with my anxiety disorder. For the final week in this series, we're going to talk about knitting. Not many people know this, but I've been knitting since I was… Continue reading How I Cope: Knitting

Coping, Self-Care

How I Cope: Writing

Welcome back to my third installment in my "How I Cope" series. Last week, I talked about how reading improves my anxiety disorder. The week before that, I talked about how exercise improves my anxiety disorder. This week, we're going to talk about one of my absolute favorite ways of coping with anxiety: writing. It… Continue reading How I Cope: Writing