#ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike For Me by Marie Miguel | #DCfC

Today’s Depression: Catalyst for Change guest is Marie Miguel.  She speaks about her experience with anxiety and using social media to speak out against mental health stigmas.

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THIS Is What Anxiety Feels Like

Sarah Fader, CEO and founder of the non-profit organization Stigma Fighters, started a movement on Twitter #ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike and it has taken the internet by storm.  This one hashtag has allowed hundreds of people to express their feelings and/or experiences of the impact anxiety has on their lives.  Most people suffer in silence because anxiety tells us nobody will understand, and a lot of people don’t.  If you don’t have an anxiety disorder, if you’ve never had a panic attack, it’s nearly impossible to explain how debilitating it is.  I think Sarah’s trending hashtag is going a long way to open people’s eyes about how the anxious mind works. Continue reading

Fitting In

Fitting in is totally out of style now, right?!  Too bad my inner child has not caught up with this trend.  Maybe it’s not so much ‘fitting in’ that I have a thing with, it’s more about being liked and having friends.  It goes back to my childhood when I didn’t have a lot of friends, and I definitely didn’t fit in (so maybe it’s a little of both).   Continue reading

Fluidity of Friendship

Life moves so fast
People go different directions

Suddenly the present is the past
Memories once vivid
Become blurry and faded Continue reading

C-PTSD by Shiela O’Donnell | #DCfC

PTSD

Please welcome my Depression Catalyst for Change guest, Sheila, who shares her story and her struggles with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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Questions

There used to be a fire that burned deep inside me.  The flames fueled my need to write about my life and struggles with depression and anxiety, to connect with other people who may be experiencing something similar, or educate those who were interesting in learning more about such things.   Continue reading

Nightmares

Shadows lurk in sunlit corners

Demons dance along the borders Continue reading

Hope

Hope Continue reading

Conflicting Forces

Conflicting-Forces Continue reading

Balance

Balance Continue reading