To all the boys & girls who struggle like I once did,
I want all of you to slowly realize you can still walk through & out of this diagnoses. I can tell you that my personal struggle with anxiety and depression has shaped who I am today. I have become the best version of myself from getting the help I needed.
I have struggled with anxiety and depression for 5 years & I honestly didn't want to come to terms with it. But I got worse and worse the longer I pretended I was okay on my own. When I accepted the fact that this wasn't something that changed who I was or that this was how the rest of my life was supposed to be for me, I immediately told myself I would get through this.
Through all the symptoms I pushed myself through it telling myself it was "all in my head " because that's what anxiety is. It's determining what's reality and what's fantasy. I felt that I needed to share my struggle & process with all of you. I've missed out on so much of my life already because of this stigma. I've spent days inside my bedroom walls due to social anxiety. I couldn't bear to be in crowds or let alone even one person come near me. I feared everyone and anyone who wanted to help me.
Now looking back I realized how strong I was when I realized I had to face this and the truth is anyone can develop anxiety or depression at any point in their life. This isn't something certain people are born with. It is not a weakness. It is okay that you are diagnosed. The important thing is that it's not forever. We are here (myself included) to share our stories with you. You are not alone, everyone in this world has anxiety, it's apart of being human. Some of us just show it more than others and that's nothing to be ashamed of. I am so proud to be apart of the YouAreMore foundation. Please look out for the people with the biggest smiles and who hide the largest tears.
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