I was diagnosed in middle school. I am one of the 'lucky ones,' having lived with the knowledge of the condition for as long as I can remember. The worst thing is that I did not have the mental strength to cope with it until two years ago, when I turned thirty and began attending regular meetings with people who suffer from an anxiety disorder. Finding myself a role in a large and caring community has contributed significantly to my self-esteem. I am currently working on improving many aspects of my life to the extent that I thought was unattainable for me only a few years ago.
- Chris (Diagnosed with an anxiety disorder)
It wasn't until I graduated and struggled to find a job that I realized I had an anxiety disorder. I blamed my lack of success on my degree, my parents' economic situation, and many things actually until I learned what was holding me back. After a decade of coping with the condition, I have developed some of my techniques for maintaining my mental health, and I'm pretty optimistic about the future.
- Lindsay (Diagnosed with an anxiety disorder)
I'm nearly forty years old, but I only found out I have anxiety disorder recently. It was such a relief because I have suffered years of addiction and went through a horrible divorce because I did not recognize the pattern on time. Although I know I have a lot to do, knowing the actual cause of my struggles gives me hope.
- Derrick (Diagnosed with an anxiety disorder)
Having become an orphan early in my life, I had to fend for myself very young. I remember how learning that I had an anxiety disorder made me angry at first. A sort of social stigma surrounded this condition at the time. It is still like that nowadays to a certain extent. When we do not have the resources to deal with something this serious, including financial abilities, we must find enough strength within ourselves.
- Donna (Diagnosed with an anxiety disorder)
I was diagnosed with anxiety disorder later in life. In retrospect, I might have lost too much precious time and career opportunities while trying to figure out what plunged me into these constant ground-hog-day-style situations at every new workplace. My advice is to speak to your doctor as soon as you start finding yourself in a failure pattern that is constantly repeating itself.
- Erica (Diagnosed with an anxiety disorder)
I have suffered stigma due to my anxiety disorder, particularly from people who have only heard a little about it. I was confused when I first learned what anxiety disorder is and that it can develop out of nowhere in anyone. I believe it is crucial to increase public awareness of what anxiety disorder is and help people experiencing anxiety not feel isolated or alone in their struggle.
- Jason (Diagnosed with an anxiety disorder)
I have been struggling with an anxiety disorder my whole life, switching medication, moving from one place to another, losing jobs and friends. The day I realized that none of it was my fault that is when things started to change. After all, my goal should be to fight it and not ask: 'Why me?'
- Robert (Diagnosed with an anxiety disorder)
My family has a history of anxiety disorders, so I might have had it easier than most people. While I feel fortunate that I have so many people who care for me, I also feel obliged to support everyone who has gone through something similar. This is why I supervise several support groups in my area and help people with anxiety disorders connect.
- Marta (Diagnosed with an anxiety disorder)