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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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, 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

Validation

How You “Should” Feel

One thing I've noticed is that some people have a tendency to tell others how they "should" feel. It's not always done with bad intentions, but it can be harmful for those of us with anxiety disorders. For example: One the adults in my church youth group was moving to another state. In her goodbye… Continue reading How You “Should” Feel