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Rosemond Perdue-Cranner – Divorce, anxiety, and Effexor XR. Slaying the monsters of panic

I thought I’d won. I thought I’d bested my anxiety. With the help of a little itty bitty capsule of Effexor and some strong willed thinking, I thought I’d put anxiety in its place once and for all. Not one to gloat, but I hadn’t had a full blown writhe-in-the-middle-of-the-living-room-at-2am attack in like 3 years. [...]

By | 2017-05-05T09:51:24+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , |2 Comments

What Anxiety Feels Like to Me – Rebecca Lombardo

If I look back at all the times my anxiety has taken over my life, it’s hard to fathom. It started back when I was a kid. I often didn’t want to go to school and developed a stomach ache. It went undiagnosed for years. At age 19, I finally sought treatment, and now at [...]

By | 2017-04-18T14:14:43+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety|1 Comment

Brooke Bowie

When someone says they “literally had an anxiety attack” when something stressful happens, try thinking about this next time. An anxiety attack is two words I would love to never say again, never have again, and it hurts when you hear someone use a term that is utterly devastating to you as a joking phrase. [...]

By | 2017-04-11T15:08:32+00:00 April 8th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Stigma Fighters|Tags: |0 Comments

Katie Lou

For the past 25 years I was oblivious to the fact that what I have been living with is considered a mental health condition, instead I went about my days thinking the others around me were strong and confident individuals whereas I believed I was just not. As I grew up I came to learn [...]

By | 2017-04-11T20:04:00+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|Categories: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, OCD, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

My Daughter Saved My Life – Jessie Gill

My daughter saved my life when I was 15. The thread was cobalt blue, and after I finished, I admired my work. At only thirteen, my embroidery was sloppy, but pride still swirled in my gut. The pride stemmed from accomplishment and mastery. Not a mastery of sewing skills, but as I stitched the letters [...]

By | 2017-04-11T20:09:08+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Categories: PTSD|Tags: , |0 Comments

Letting go of Pain: My Mental Health Journey – Rowana Abbensetts

Looking back, it’s hard to identify the exact moment when I realized that my thoughts and feelings weren’t normal. Didn’t everyone feel paralyzed with anxiety for no apparent reason or feel the vacant despair of depression for weeks at a time? Like all good journeys, my mental health journey started off with a bang. My [...]

By | 2017-03-27T09:44:23+00:00 March 27th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Sarah M.C.

More than anything, I want to help other people around me. Ever since I was young, I’ve always helped others before helping myself. I was under the impression from a young age that if you gave yourself self-love or self-care that you were selfish. This is unfortunately the conditioning that we receive at a very [...]

By | 2017-03-22T16:40:45+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder|0 Comments

Jesse S. Smith

A Mental Health Autobiography I'm never certain how much of my own experiences are unique to me, and how much of my experiences are universal, shared by everyone: a part of the human condition. Sometimes I think that our feelings are all more or less the same. Sometimes I think it's just me. Sometimes I [...]

By | 2017-03-21T13:49:02+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

I’ll Always Love You, But I Don’t Forgive You – Ryan Ritchie

I believe that, at birth, the bond between us and our parents is the strongest that it'll ever be. It's one of the only raw and unadulterated moments in our lifetime. Where uncertainty doesn't exist: there are no filters switched on that day. Words aren't needed - our eyes tell it all. A gentle smile [...]

By | 2017-03-20T16:27:52+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , |2 Comments