"Anxiety is not a choice; some accuse me of enjoying the act of worrying or creating unnecessary drama for myself, and have called my affliction merely a “phase,” “season of our friendship,” “not trusting God enough,” or a “hard time in my life.” Unlike their advice, I cannot merely “get over it” or “stop worrying,” because anxiety is a daily battle that I fight against."
“Changing one thing in my life didn’t do it. Overcoming my anxiety and depression was a slow, gradual change that took everyone in my life and all of my strength to overcome.”
“I hate attending parties, I get nervous talking to strangers, I get headaches and stomachaches, I sometimes struggle to sleep, and I constantly anticipate that one horrible event (death/illness/loss) that will utterly destroy me physically and/or psychologically. And the greatest irony: a colleague of mine said he admired my ability to always remain so calm.”
Read more. [Image: Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP]