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
Today I am a guest on Stigma Fighters!!!
“The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else.” –E.E. Cummings
I remember feeling different when I started third grade, as though there was an impenetrable glass wall between myself and my peers. I could see them, I could hear them, but I could not relate to them. Kids don’t handle ‘different’ well and they were not kind to me. I was sensitive and became an easy target. Little did I know this was just the beginning of a lifelong battle between what was considered ‘normal’ and how my brain works…
Join me for the rest of the story over on the Stigma Fighters website!
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As some of you know, during the month of May, 2016 I hosted a series geared towards mental health awareness entitled Fight With Us #DCfC. The series featured eight incredible guest writers who shared their vastly differing stories and struggles surrounding mental health. What you may not know is that I would like to continue hosting such stories! I alluded to it at the end of Are You More Aware? #DCfC, which was my wrap-up piece for the series, but I didn’t go into much detail. So, I decided to tell you more about what I’m looking for in hopes that you (yes, YOU) will want to write for me! Continue reading