Why Asking for Help Isn’t Easy: My Post on the NAMI National Blog

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.

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(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?

Stigma.

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.

Click here to read my post on the NAMI website.

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12 thoughts on “Why Asking for Help Isn’t Easy: My Post on the NAMI National Blog

  1. Great post Jeni! Such an important topic..did you go to the walk? I wasn’t able to attend this year. The pictures from your trip were fantastic! I’m glad you had fun.

    See you soon. XOXO Tracey

    On Mon, Oct 22, 2018 at 3:48 PM Peace from Panic wrote:

    > jennymarie4 posted: ” 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 h” >

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  2. Congratulations Jenny. Such an important topic and a powerful honest article that deserved to be published. Let’s hope this issue continues to be spoken and written about publicly so the stigma goes once and for all. xx

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    • Definitely! Now that people are speaking out more, I hope it will help educate others about mental illness, so people who are suffering aren’t afraid to talk about it and get help. Thanks for your kind words Miriam, and for taking the time to read. xoxo

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  3. Totally get the part on not getting how you hid it before. I feel the same way when I look back at my mental Illnesses and am surprised with some of the things I got away with. Best of luck to you. Thanks for sharing!

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