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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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 ask 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

Encouragement, Validation

Fighting Back

Sometimes, dealing with anxiety disorders is an absolute pain. Depending on the severity and nature of your disorder, your anxiety can be so powerful and overwhelming that it makes you want to disappear. Maybe you have social anxiety and you perceive that people are judging you. Maybe you have PTSD and something triggered a flashback.… Continue reading Fighting Back

Encouragement

Your Disorder is Not Your Fault

Learning that you have an anxiety disorder can be a tough pill to swallow. On one hand, you're relieved to have answers. On the other hand, it can leave you with more questions, like "why do I have this disorder?" These questions can lead to unproductive trains of thought, like "I should've prevented this disorder… Continue reading Your Disorder is Not Your Fault