I suffer from generalized anxiety panic disorder. I have taken medication for it off and on since I was 10 years old. Just like diabetes, arthritis, and illnesses I battle with it every day. Some days are totally great and others are so bad I just want the day to end in hopes I wake up the next day without feeling so scared.
My anxiety has been around for as long as I can remember. My depression started to appear around the age of fourteen. School was extremely tough for me. I never really felt like I fit in which made my depression worse. I consistently felt homesick even when I was at home.
Mental health has been a huge struggle for me. From constant anxiety to depression… I have suffered from mental illness for the past three years (since I was 12). I was on heavy medication to manage my medical issues and the meds first put me into a depression.
Before I was 30 I had wanted to kill myself. After I had met my rock bottom– following cancer treatments, facial disfigurement, and a failed marriage—I was told by my father that I had no more excuses, nothing left to fear.