Anneka Nilsson

@annekanilsson | contributor
I have chronic pain, ADHD, and some struggles with anxiety. But those things aren't all that define me. I also teach high school, enjoy fishing, and am a devoted Christian.
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I wish I could feel like I have worth #MentalHealth

I have #ADHD and am a #Trauma survivor.

I’ve struggled with my self esteem since first grade. That’s when I first started to notice I was different. That’s when I started to feel like I wasn’t good enough.

After years of #Abuse I became even more down on myself. I felt like I deserved it.

I’ve started to recover from that but my self worth has only gotten more complicated in recent years.

I teach high school. I threw my heart and soul into it. I love my kids so much.

But as a #neurodivergent person, it’s such a hard job for me. And with the way the world has been it’s gotten much harder.

My mental health was shot by the end of this year. Next year I’m pivoting away from teaching.

And this has destroyed my self esteem even further.

If I can’t hack it as a teacher, a job I put so much of myself into, a job I really felt gave me something I could bring to the table, what is my worth?

What do I bring to the table? I don’t have anything I’m good at. I don’t have anything I provide to the world.

I believe every person has value. I wish I could feel that way about myself.

#CheckInWithMe #ADHDInGirls

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Weekly sharing

Hello Mind Conquerors!

Like i would like to do every friday, i will repropose this initiative, these are the concepts:

- Sharing how you are feeling in this moment

- Activating notifications on this post

- Reading comments as they are being made, and replying to those to which you can relate to, either with practical advices or kind words :)

The idea is to make us talk with each other in a form that look like a community chat, to stimulate communication and give life to interesting conversations!

If you don't want to comment or reply, don't feel like you have to!

You may just read or skip without any problem, as you please 😊

*Following our group leader's idea, could we give an heart to those who decide to comment and open up?
We do support other people in this community, so it's nice to make everyone feel cared of!*

Thanks to everyone who spent time reading this post :)

60 people are talking about this
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Weekly sharing

Hello Mind Conquerors!

Like i would like to do every friday, i will repropose this initiative, these are the concepts:

- Sharing how you are feeling in this moment

- Activating notifications on this post

- Reading comments as they are being made, and replying to those to which you can relate to, either with practical advices or kind words :)

The idea is to make us talk with each other in a form that look like a community chat, to stimulate communication and give life to interesting conversations!

If you don't want to comment or reply, don't feel like you have to!

You may just read or skip without any problem, as you please 😊

*Following our group leader's idea, could we give an heart to those who decide to comment and open up?
We do support other people in this community, so it's nice to make everyone feel cared of!*

Thanks to everyone who spent time reading this post :)

60 people are talking about this
Community Voices

Weekly sharing

Hello Mind Conquerors!

Like i would like to do every friday, i will repropose this initiative, these are the concepts:

- Sharing how you are feeling in this moment

- Activating notifications on this post

- Reading comments as they are being made, and replying to those to which you can relate to, either with practical advices or kind words :)

The idea is to make us talk with each other in a form that look like a community chat, to stimulate communication and give life to interesting conversations!

If you don't want to comment or reply, don't feel like you have to!

You may just read or skip without any problem, as you please 😊

*Following our group leader's idea, could we give an heart to those who decide to comment and open up?
We do support other people in this community, so it's nice to make everyone feel cared of!*

Thanks to everyone who spent time reading this post :)

60 people are talking about this
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Write an encouraging note to yourself for the week ahead.

<p>Write an encouraging note to yourself for the week ahead.</p>
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How do you feel about “that happens to everyone?” #ADHD #neurodivergent

I was recently in an ADHD Facebook group and venting about how tough things have been lately.

I got a lot of messages from well-meaning people saying “oh, it’s ok, it happens to your neurotypical coworkers too.”

I know these comments come from a good place, but they make me feel awful.

For me, the way it makes me feel is “well, if everyone else struggles with this too and they’re staying afloat, what’s my excuse?”

Similarly, I have a #BrachialPlexusInjuries that causes my left hand to not work well. I don’t expect myself to type as well as I did before. I don’t think anyone would. For me, it helps to remind myself “hey, of course I’m struggling, I’ve got these wonky things wrong with me, I can’t compare to others.”

It’s the same with my #ADHD as well. I like reminding myself “hey, I’m playing with one hand tied behind my back, of course I’m struggling sometimes.”

How do others feel about this?

#ADHDInGirls #Neurodiversity #Disability

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How do you feel about “that happens to everyone?” #ADHD #neurodivergent

I was recently in an ADHD Facebook group and venting about how tough things have been lately.

I got a lot of messages from well-meaning people saying “oh, it’s ok, it happens to your neurotypical coworkers too.”

I know these comments come from a good place, but they make me feel awful.

For me, the way it makes me feel is “well, if everyone else struggles with this too and they’re staying afloat, what’s my excuse?”

Similarly, I have a #BrachialPlexusInjuries that causes my left hand to not work well. I don’t expect myself to type as well as I did before. I don’t think anyone would. For me, it helps to remind myself “hey, of course I’m struggling, I’ve got these wonky things wrong with me, I can’t compare to others.”

It’s the same with my #ADHD as well. I like reminding myself “hey, I’m playing with one hand tied behind my back, of course I’m struggling sometimes.”

How do others feel about this?

#ADHDInGirls #Neurodiversity #Disability

7 people are talking about this
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How do you feel about “that happens to everyone?” #ADHD #neurodivergent

I was recently in an ADHD Facebook group and venting about how tough things have been lately.

I got a lot of messages from well-meaning people saying “oh, it’s ok, it happens to your neurotypical coworkers too.”

I know these comments come from a good place, but they make me feel awful.

For me, the way it makes me feel is “well, if everyone else struggles with this too and they’re staying afloat, what’s my excuse?”

Similarly, I have a #BrachialPlexusInjuries that causes my left hand to not work well. I don’t expect myself to type as well as I did before. I don’t think anyone would. For me, it helps to remind myself “hey, of course I’m struggling, I’ve got these wonky things wrong with me, I can’t compare to others.”

It’s the same with my #ADHD as well. I like reminding myself “hey, I’m playing with one hand tied behind my back, of course I’m struggling sometimes.”

How do others feel about this?

#ADHDInGirls #Neurodiversity #Disability

7 people are talking about this
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I'm new here!

Hi, my name is Omiethehomie. My grandson committed suicide April 13th 2021 at the age of 15. I want to learn more about mental illness. I’m new to The Mighty and look forward to sharing my story.

#MightyTogether

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