• Hi Kristin,
    I am in total agreement of what you’ve written. When you propose that we need to be encouraging people to vote, I think it’s necessary to also emphasize education. Voter participation is extremely important, but having educated voters is what we should truly strive for, otherwise we will continue having leaders such as our president…[Read more]

  • At my lowest points of my teenage years, I have pleaded to an invisible force that I would do anything to be devoid of the anxiety that plagued my life. 

    Around the age of fifteen, a traumatic event triggered

    • I really enjoy this. It popped up on my “feed” and I immediately clicked on it because anxiety is something that changes you. Your life is strongly influenced by anxiety, and will continue to be whether or not you want it to. I assume you have tried to “fix it” or “get rid of it”, but have learned it doesn’t work that way. It is inspiring that you accept the way you process things differently than others knowing it might make your own life harder. I found an article that gives tips to solve this problem, however I do know most of the time these tips don’t work.
      Thank you for sharing your personal story with me, I enjoyed learning about the illness.

    • This is an amazing post, and I think it is a really important message. You perfectly portrayed how restraining the illness is. I agree with Isa that this is a very inspiring post, and I think it will inspire others. https://adaa.org/tips-manage-anxiety-and-stress here is an article that I think applies to your post.

    • Emma, I love this post. Similarly, I have experienced something close to this. While I was in agreement throughout the whole post, I found paragraph three particularly compelling. When you said, “I fear that without my illness, the process of becoming the person I am today would be significantly delayed if not altogether prevented.”. I couldn’t agree more, and I often find myself thinking this exact thought. I thoroughly enjoyed your writing and how honest you were about this topic. People often find it too taboo to talk/write about, but I think you did a marvelous job. If you were to keep writing with this much thought and heart, I would definitely come back to your posts. And finally, however cheesy this article https://themighty.com/2016/11/good-things-that-come-with-an-anxiety-disorder/ might be, I think it does an excellent job and even backs up the points you made in your concluding paragraph.

    • This is such a relatable post. It is really amazing you are able to talk freely about mental illnesses because I feel so many of us try to cover them up and pretend they don’t exist but they are a part of us. I think it is so important that we acknowledge mental illnesses and talk about them. I found this article about a man who also suffers from anxiety, you might find it interesting. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/01/surviving_anxiety/355741/

    • Emma,

      Your writing is beautiful and fluent. I have a quote that relates to the pain you felt in which you gained beauty. One of my favorite philosophers named Aeschylus once said, “Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget
      falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.” I thought this quote is an amazing way to describe pain, knowledge and what you wrote, beauty. When you look at the quote, the “awful grace” are two words that normally do not go together, but that may be the beauty—how God or humanity forms us into unique individuals with which we accept or deny what may come our way…


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