Things People With Anxiety Want Their Friends to Know


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The Lessons I'm Bringing Into the New Year After Having a Panic Attack on Christmas Day

It was Christmas Day. Following our morning family traditions, I jumped in the shower, ensuring I had more than enough time to put myself together for our evening meal at a family friend’s home. Just as I turned on the water, my body began to tingle. A sensation of lightheadedness overcame me. I gripped onto [...]
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What Does It Mean for Me to Have Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

There are many things I am proud of in my 23 years of life. Having anxiety doesn’t exactly make the top of the list, but it is what it is. Living with anxiety has been far from easy, but after three and a half years of battling it, I am finally comfortable enough to share [...]
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When People Assume Your Mental Illness Is Just 'How You Are'

I think I have anxiety. “Are you sure it’s not just your personality?” Less than a month after this response, I was diagnosed with severe generalized anxiety and severe major depressive disorder.  I spent years over analyzing situations, biting my nails until they bled, losing minutes, hours, days, engulfed in my thoughts, entrapped by my [...]
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Attitude Is Not Everything When Your Brain Is Sick

Navigating through life with a mental illness is like riding a roller coaster. From the realization that something is wrong to actually being given a diagnosis is the first part of the journey. I have learned many things along the way and it has changed how I view myself and this horrible illness. For most [...]