I have been diagnosed with a General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) since I was in the third grade. It was something that, in elementary school, was never talked about. I thought I was weird and alone because I never heard anyone else talk about their anxiety. In the fifth grade I started taking medicine for my anxiety and I still vividly remember sitting in the doctor’s office crying because I thought something must be wrong with me. The doctor told me that it was something that so many people had but I didn’t really start seeing that until middle school. In middle school my school nurse helped me to see that I was not alone and through her I met other kids that were going through the exact same thing as I was. She also helped me to talk to my teachers so that they were aware of what was going on. I got so much support from the nurse and from my teachers and if I had never opened up, I would have never had that opportunity.
High School was where I really started to be able to connect with others about anxiety. I have met so many wonderful people that struggle with anxiety or depression that I would have never have guessed struggled with it. And that is what I want to do with this website, to open discussion. If you are struggling with anxiety or depression, talk about it with your friends, family, teachers, doctors, or anyone else that you can trust. Counseling is something that I have done since elementary school and I still do it today when I need a little pick me up to get me back on track. I encourage you to seek counseling if you feel the need to talk to someone. Counselors help with strategies to overcome your anxiety and help you to see exactly where it is that your anxiety comes from. Also, know that if you take medicine for anxiety or depression, that does not make you “weird” or mean that something is wrong with you. Anxiety and Depression can be genetic and can also be caused by hormones which makes them likely in children/teens. You can’t control your genetics or your hormones so, know that you are not making it up. You are valid and you are not alone.
I encourage you to visit the Anxiety and Depression Association of America to learn more.