Fighting the Stigmas
In honor of mental health awareness month, I wanted to take the time to tell you about Stigma Fighters.
I am 35 years old. For as long as I can remember I have suffered from panic attacks and depression. My moods were like a roller coaster. Some days, I would wake up in a cold sweat with my heart racing. I was terrified. It was as if someone was chasing me and trying to harm me, only there wasn’t anyone.
It was just me.
The fear shifted, changed and morphed over time. I was afraid of contracting a terminal illness and dying. Then I was afraid of starving to death because I had no appetite.
That was panic.
There was also depression. I didn’t want to open my eyes. I couldn’t bath myself for days. I stopped talking. I stopped laughing. I couldn’t laugh. I forced myself to do the…
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