I write a lot about anxiety. Why? Because I have suffered with it for more than 10 years. Sometimes I don’t like talking abot the things I’ve been through because there are some people who like to either say I am making up or that I just want attention.
Anyone who truly knows me, should know that I absolutely despise being in the center of attention. I do anything I can to make sure that I am not in any way the center of attention. Which causes me to surpress a lot of feelings and traumatic experiences. In fact, there is so much that I have stored away that it would take thereapy to bring it out.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in America. So much so that it affects roughly 20% of the American population. While just looking at the percentage doesn’t make it seem like its a lot of people, it really is a lot. 20% translates to roughly 64,620,000 people. When you see what 20% really translates to (based on 2016 American population) it really sinks in to how many people are affected.
So, if 64,620,000 of the American population is affected by some sort of Anxiety disorder, then why are we still so afraid to get help? Why is there still such a stigma around it? Out of this 20%, I am pretty sure at least half is not on any form of medication nor have they sought help. All because we have created some kind of taboo in regards to any type of mental illness.
I am 1 of the 64,620,000. An I am here to break the stigma. I wll be a voice for those afraid to speak. This is who I am. Anxiety is a part of me. It is NOT something that I can just get over. Anxiety is something that I am learning to control every single day. Some days are harder than others but I am still fighting.
If we, the 64,620,000 speak up, speak out and speak loud….we will #BreakTheStigma