Stigma and Me

Jenny Marie writes a fantastic post about anxiety, stigma, and how you’re not alone! Please visit her amazing blog!

Peace from Panic

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Mental illness is a real medical illness. It must not be ignored. It needs to be treated–the sooner, the better.

I wish I would’ve known. It took me twenty years before I reached out for help for panic attacks.

I’m not the only one who has waited so long. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, states that people who have a mental health condition typically get help eight to ten years after the first warning signs appear. That’s a huge delay. The main reason?

Stigma.

I was embarrassed. Even if I thought about telling someone, I didn’t know how to describe my strange and frightening symptoms. I knew I was different and my problem wasn’t normal. I didn’t want anyone to know. I hid it very well.

My anxiety wasn’t always there. Most of the time, I was fine. I tried to kid myself into thinking it wasn’t…

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The Happiness Tag!

The kind Jenny Marie from Peace From Panic has tagged me for The Happiness Tag! Thank you so much, Jenny Marie! Please check out her great blog!

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Five Things That Make Me Happy

1.) Having such a wonderful family – While not everyone in my family understand what I go through and while they can at times be impatient with dealing with my issues, I know they love me and that they are always here for me!

2.) Having such wonderful friends – I have so many great friends and have met so many great people in my life! I have been blessed to get the chance to connect with some wonderful people both through my blog and in person! So thank you guys!

3.) Having the ability to help people through writing – I’ve always enjoyed writing but I never imagined that I’d actually be able to help people. Thanks to my blog and to many individuals who have let me share my experiences, I believe I’ve been able to connect with and help people.

4.) Books – I love being able to read and become part of a new world. Without books and reading, I wouldn’t have become fascinated with writing!

5.) The Great Experiences I’ve Had – Between going to New York City and going to college, I’ve had some great experiences and opportunities!

Five Songs That Make Me Happy

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Life Uncommon by Jewel

Hands by Jewel

Wind it Up by Gwen Stefani

All American Girl by Train

Drops of Jupiter by Train

I TAG:

Laura Beth @ Hotshot Headlines

Carla @ The Melodramatic Confession of Carla Louise

Ariel @ Writing Radiation

Matt @ In Silence We Suffer

Sharon @ Curious Queendom

 

 

Liebster Award #8

Jenny Marie from Peace from Panic nominated me for The Liebster Award! Thank you so much, Jenny! Please check out her blog! She is a wonderful, kind, and helpful person!

The Rules:

  • Thank your nominator and tag them in your post(s).
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you.
  • Nominate 11 blogs with less than 1000 followers.
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions and let them know on social media

The Questions:

1. Why did you start your blog?
  • To write about my anxiety
2. What book are you reading now and do you recommend it?
  • I’m not reading one now, but the last one I read was If You Could See Me Now and I definitely recommend it! I’m also looking forward to reading Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben that just came out! 🙂
3. What does your favorite coffee or tea mug look like?
  • I don’t really have one. I do have a lot of cute snoopy ones though!
4. Do you prefer modern or traditional art?
  • I don’t think I have a preference. My favorite piece of art though is The Birth of Venus. I just think it’s really pretty.

5. Retail shopper or online shopper?
  • Online
6. If you could do something really adventurous, and knew you’d be okay, what would it be?
  • Rock climb!
7. What is the kindest compliment anyone can give you?
  • That I was helpful and that I’m a good writer
8. Are you athletic? Favorite sport?
  • No. I like tennis the best though.
9. What is your favorite quote?
  • “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
    –Toni Morrison
10. How have other bloggers encouraged you?
  • Oh gosh, in so many ways. By people liking my posts and by commenting thoughtful comments, they’ve really helped me realize that I have the ability to help others through my writing. Plus by receiving awards and connecting with them, I know that I’m appreciated as a writer and an individual.
11. Imagine a peaceful place. What does it look/feel like?
  • I’m outside in a comfortable couch or chair and writing. There’s a small pond nearby and animals. The weather is warm, but not too warm.

My Nominees:

You’re Not Alone In This World

The Melodramatic Confessions of Carla Louise

Michelle, Books and Movie Addict

Life and Other Disasters

The Bookish Underdog

The Business of Blooming

In Becky’s Head

Bookmark Chronicles

In Silence We Suffer

Poetry-Jo’s World

Diary of a Compulsive List Maker

My questions for my nominees:

1.) What’s your favorite type of car?

2.) What’s a picture that you love? Please give credits for the photo.

3.) If you could write a book, what would it be about?

4.) Would you rather go to Hollywood or New York City? Why?

5.) What’s your favorite type of food (Italian, Chinese, Mexican, etc.)?

6.) Today is National Puppy Day! Do you have a dog?

7.) What’s the grossest food you’ve ever had or heard of from a fast food restaurant?

8.) If you ran for president, what would your platform be?

9.) What’s your dream job?

10.) What’s your favorite mode of transportation?

11.) Next movie and/or book you’re looking forward to?

 

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