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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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, 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