• Tori wrote a new post, My Journey 3 weeks, 3 days ago

  • I

    Would

    Laugh

    As we sit eating our paletas and pizza

    As I watch her giggle on a swing for the first time

    Shed a tear

    As we sang her first birthday song to her

    As I walked at nine months

  • Dear Angelina, I really enjoyed your post, Anne Loftus Playground. The pictures you posted made me feel as if I was looking at the park directly and now just photos. The perspectives and angles were very good. I love how you included the memories with your family at this park. Thank you for writing.

  • CleaningWalking/Playing *Independence (space) *Communication *School *Routine *The fosters Criminal mindsGroups coffeesleep

    I was asked how do I spend my time and I answered with walking. Walking may sound

  • December 31,2018 my little family and I moved into our first apartment. We got the call the Friday before with the okay to pick up our keys. I was super excited because we were coming from a rough patch in life.

  • Tori wrote a new post, Anxiety 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Anxiety is an illness typically diagnosed alongside of depression. I was officially diagnosed with anxiety five years ago when I was 13. Anxiety, to me, is described as a feeling of worry and always being

    • I really appreciated how you felt as well as how anxiety affected you. It really was nice reading from a more personal perspective, and for me personally it was something I could relate to. I also thought it was well done to discuss how there are different types of anxiety and how these effects of anxiety affect children as well as adults. I learned a lot more not only the effects on an individual mentally, but physically. Anxiety shouldn’t be something we frown upon, here is a link to learn more about trichotillomania. http://alimattu.com/blog/2010/5/18/trichotillomania-hair-pulling-its-more-than-just-stress.html

  • Hi Caleigh ,
    I really enjoyed your writing on Mental Health Stigmas. I feel very similar to how you feel being that we should all just talk about these problems instead of it being such a bad thing in society. I feel a lot more people suffer the same way but refuse to get help because society puts a huge red X over speaking freely on this topic.…[Read more]

  • Dear Alexandria,
    I am happy with your post ,”Three Paragraphs About Me,” because the thought flow is good. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “I like taking pictures, so it’s good for me to learn how an actual camera works” I think this is moving because you also stated that you use to have your own YouTube channel. Maybe in the…[Read more]

  • Tori commented on the post, Broken Lamp 2 months ago

    Dear Anthony,
    I am pleased with your post ,”broken lamp,” because I first noticed your birthday just passed so happy late birthday! Also because you have great goals in mind. One sentence that you wrote that stands out for me is “..when my mom got home from work that day she was angry ,she didn’t even ask who did it she just wep us both” I think…[Read more]

  • My name is Tori and I’m a senior. I was born in Austin, but lived in Beeville & Kyle. A turning point was when my daughter was born. She’s the spark in my life that I needed: the push to make me strive to be

  • Tori‘s profile was updated 2 months, 2 weeks ago

  • I feel like the subject should be more openly talked about so we can feel connected and supported rather than an outcast. I am glad you feel less alone! Thank you for your comment ,Isabella.

  • Thank you for your feedback,Chandan. I will for sure do more writings on this experience to give better understanding.

  • Thank you for your comment,Anthony. I will be looking at the link you gave to also understand more about this concept.

  • Thank you Jack and yes ,I agree about the separation. In the past when I was first diagnosed 5 years ago ,I did go through therapy for about 2 years which did help by giving me ways to lessen the symptoms. I highly recommend help to anyone struggling with this issue.

  • I am glad this helped you understand a little better! Thank you

  • Thank you for your comment. In regards to your question,do many people you know have some form of anxiety, yes. Many of my family members also struggle with anxiety ,just like yours. The severity varies for everyone. I have had help when i was first diagnosed at 13 ,5 years ago. The therapy did help but recently I have learned other alternatives…[Read more]

  • Anxiety is a illness typically diagnosed alongside of depression. I was officially diagnosed 5 years ago when I was 13 years old. Anxiety is described as the feeling of worry or always being nervous. Constantly

    • I like how you illustrated the feeling of anxiety. We all experience it, some more than others. Personally, I anxiety and I can relate to you in the sense that I always feel like I am in a room full of eyes. Anxiety is a hard thing to go through, but to know that others go through the same thing, you feel not so alone. Thank you for sharing such a vulnerable statement.

      • I feel like the subject should be more openly talked about so we can feel connected and supported rather than an outcast. I am glad you feel less alone! Thank you for your comment ,Isabella.

    • I loved how you expressed your story and shared your point of view. This is challenging topic to speak about, and you presented it in a really well done way.

    • I think this post is very interesting. You describe anxiety so well, I feel like it helps people connect with what your saying. “You know that feeling you get standing on stage about to read your speech in front of 100 people? The sweaty hands you get. That is anxiety!” This helped me connect to the anxiety you were talking about throughout the post. I read more about anxiety at https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety, this source taught me more about the condition. This connection you give your audience will bring me back to read more from you.

      • Thank you for your comment,Anthony. I will be looking at the link you gave to also understand more about this concept.

    • Your personal experience is something I can relate to. I agree, anxiety is something everyone deals with. The variance in which we experience anxiety is what makes us all different, which we need to embrace, but if everyone can understand that we are all the same in some ways, I think there would be less stigma around mental illness.

    • Tori, I really liked this piece! I liked your point that everyone has anxiety in some shape or form and can relate this to my anxious moments. I thought that your depictions of anxiety in sentences such as, “I will examine every person in a store and watch every move around me thinking what if this happens what if that happens” were really great and you did a great job letting the audience know what your experience with anxiety is really like. Thank you for being so vulnerable and sharing your experience! I look forward to seeing what you write in the future.

    • I really like how you told your personal relationship to anxiety. It truly helped further understand how anxiety feels, and made me more engaged and connected with you. Thank you for sharing your personal story 🙂

    • Your description of anxiety is very accurate. “We all have some form of fear. In my case the anxiety I have is considered a mental illness.” I really like this quote because you make an acknowledgment that everyone has some sort of fear/generalized anxiety, but most people do not have the serious anxiety that you experience. What is something that you have done to alleviate some of your anxiety? I would love to hear more about how anxiety has changed your daily habits and how this adaptation has made you a stronger person.

    • Your description of anxiety is very vivid, and so accurate. I really like how thoughtfully you connected it to people who may not suffer from it on a day-to-day basis.

    • I really like your perspective on anxiety but it would be cool if you had expanded on your traumatic experience. I feel like elaborating this would make your post even better.

      • Thank you for your feedback,Chandan. I will for sure do more writings on this experience to give better understanding.

    • Hey Tori, your description of your anxiety was very striking and is very helpful for those who don’t feel anxiety at this degree. When it comes to whether or not it is a mental illness, what I feel separates anxiety from anxiety disorder is feelings, as you described, in situations where the feeling is not provoked by surroundings. Have you gone/ are you going to therapy for anxiety? If so, have you found that to be a helpful for you?

      • Thank you Jack and yes ,I agree about the separation. In the past when I was first diagnosed 5 years ago ,I did go through therapy for about 2 years which did help by giving me ways to lessen the symptoms. I highly recommend help to anyone struggling with this issue.

    • Tori, your word choice was really good. your description helped me understand how you feel during these anxiety attacks.

    • Tori, your description on anxiety was spot on I think, and I liked to hear about some ways in your life that anxiety affects you. When you said that u think everyone has some form of anxiety have you found this to be true? Do many people you know have some form of anxiety? Some people in my family are struggling with anxiety as well, and I hope that you are seeking some form of help. If you have sought out help, has it been working? Thank you for sharing the personal matter with us!

      • Thank you for your comment. In regards to your question,do many people you know have some form of anxiety, yes. Many of my family members also struggle with anxiety ,just like yours. The severity varies for everyone. I have had help when i was first diagnosed at 13 ,5 years ago. The therapy did help but recently I have learned other alternatives to cope and deal with the anxiety. Again thank you.

    • Thank you for sharing your experience with anxiety. Your description created an image that was relatable and easy to understand. I liked how you said “I can not go to a grocery store without hearing everything that is said and seeing every detail.” This statement helped me understand how it feels to have extreme anxiety, rather than just understand the concept. I read more about anxiety at https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.shtml and learned even more about it. Thank you again for sharing- I enjoyed this piece a lot and look forward to what you write next.

    • Tori, I first want to commend your bravery in writing about such a personal topic. You are helping to get rid of the stigma behind mental health illnesses. I personally related to the part where you said, ” Constantly feeling like someone is watching you,sweaty hands and feeling a nervous ball at the pit of your stomach.” I thought that this was a very accurate depiction of what so many people feel, but have a hard time expressing. I found these tips for managing anxiety and stress. https://adaa.org/tips-manage-anxiety-and-stress I would love for you to read them and let me know if they help you at all (and if you have other ways of managing it)—Maggie

    • Tori, thank you for sharing your story. You brought up a topic that needs to be more widely discussed. I found your story incredibly easy to connect to because I have experienced similar things. A site that may help is https://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/features/coping-with-anxiety#1 . They help deal with anxiety. When you said, “I was told at 13 I have anxiety due to a traumatic event I went through at age 10,” it made me agree with the idea that understanding where your anxiety is coming from can be extremely helpful when comes to treating anxiety. Thank you for your insight! -Anna

    • I’m really proud of you for sharing something so venerable with the world. Anxiety is hard to speak up about and I think you did so really well. I love how you described how you felt as “feeling a nervous ball at the pit of your stomach”. It’s really easy to imagine for some people who might not experience the same thing you do. Overall, this was really well written and I’m glad you shared this with us!

    • Your description of a general form of anxiety was well worded and obviously something you feel strongly about. When you said, “Is it really and illness to worry?” I began wondering what the difference is between anxiety as a disorder and anxiety at a normal level. What I have learned through some brief research, is that anxiety is part of the “flight or fight” response that the human body naturally has. A good example of this on an everyday basis is giving a speech in front of 100 people. In that case, people often use more of the “fight” response and give the speech the best they can. The “flight” response is often when someone believes that there is something to fear and that they need to get out of that particular situation. Those are both a “normal” sense of anxiety. Anxiety as an illness or mental disability,is similar to depression. The reason why anxiety is often diagnosed with depression is because depression is a chemical imbalance within the brain. Anxiety is experiencing extreme fear or worry. Anxiety acts in a similar way as OCD does. It is an overwhelming amount of emotion for a certain feeling, and for anxiety that often means extreme senses of fear. It is also normal for everyone to experience and anxiety attack at least once in their lives. It is a natural response the body has to situations or past situations, but to have an anxiety order, is to have a constant fear of something. You clearly mention that you often feel that way when you said, “I can not go to a grocery store without hearing everything that is said and seeing every detail. I can not be in a crowd without feeling there is about to be shootout at any second.” Here is a link I found while thinking about this topic, https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety .

    • Thank you for sharing. It doesn’t sound like you have either an illness or a worry, per se. Your condition lies in-between. Please continue to work on yourself. It’s not easy, and I think you’re incredibly brave for doing so (and for sharing). This is a process, not a final answer.

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