Stories, skills, and positivity- to anxiety sufferers from anxiety sufferers.
I think a lot of my problems started when I was young. Growing up my parents got divorced when I was still a baby, and twenty years ago not too many of my parent’s friends were divorced, so not only did I develop a sense of abandonment, but I felt looked down on by other kids at school.
Throughout this last year, I really struggled answering the question “Are you happy?”. I could not recall the last time I was genuinely happy with myself or how I was living my life. I was first diagnosed with clinical depression when I was 16, along with obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and social anxiety disorder. It was a lot to digest – well for my parents, that is.
Ever since I was little I have been dealing with anxiety. It has manifested in many different ways over the years, from separation anxiety to anorexia and depression. When I was in my final year of high school, I became obsessed with my weight, thinking I needed to lose five pounds to look perfect in my prom dress. The only problem was that no matter how much weight I lost, it was never enough.
Hello, my name is Dean Holden but I was born Nicholas Holden. I am a 21 year old brown haired blue eyed bag of emotional tenderness and I suffer with depression and anxiety. My story has some themes which are hard for me discuss but hopefully anyone who has similar experiences can find comfort that they aren’t alone in this battle.
Katie McLean holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and bases her anxiety aid in personal experience, as well as techniques that have been passed on to her by counsellors, friends, and fellow anxiety sufferers.