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

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

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

Stigma, Struggle

Stigma and Mental Health

***Trigger Warning*** (Suicide) Last week was a rough week for many who have mental health issues. There were not one, but two celebrity suicides this past week: Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. It's opened up a much-needed conversation about mental health issues and the stigma around them. Because of this, I wanted to take the… Continue reading Stigma and Mental Health

Struggle

How to Cope with a Tragedy When You Have Anxiety

By now, I'm sure you've seen the news about the school shooting in Florida. I wish I knew what to say to take away the pain and heartbreak that so many are feeling today. My heart breaks for each and every one of them. Tragedies are difficult to cope with if you don't have mental… Continue reading How to Cope with a Tragedy When You Have Anxiety