I’m excited that a piece I wrote for NAMI’s National Blog has been published! How stigma prevented me from receiving medical help for panic disorder. Please Click here to read.
(Note, this is not an excerpt)
Sometimes people ask how I was able to hide my panic attacks for 20 years. My first thought: I have no idea, I just did. I felt there was no other choice.
The reason, even though I wasn’t aware of it at the time?
Growing up, I felt different than the other kids. I was sure they’d never understand the frightening symptoms I experienced. I didn’t want my friends, or even my family, to know. I didn’t want them to worry and think I was strange.
Most of the time I was fine. So why talk about it? I can handle this on my own.
Years later, I realized I didn’t need to handle it by myself. More importantly, I shouldn’t have.
I didn’t know there was help available. I thought I was alone.
Now I speak out about mental illness because I don’t want others to feel like I did. I want people to know there is hope. You are not alone.
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