Anxiety is an illness many people simply don’t understand. It’s an invisible illness and because people can’t see it like a cast on a broken leg, or a scar on the body people tend to assume everything is fine. Sadly, most people can’t fathom how difficult a single-day or a simple conversation can be to an anxiety sufferer and what they also don’t know is almost everyone will experience anxiety at some point in their life. It’s an epidemic of huge proportions.
The greatest outcome of 2020 and COVID-19 is mental health has taken its rightful place at the fore front of people’s minds and conversations and is now being more openly discussed. Most importantly the issue of mental health is slowly gaining acceptance in a society where traditionally it has been swept under the carpet.
Now, as we enter Mental Health Awareness Month, it is a good time to reflect on my own struggles with anxiety in a bid to help further educate, inform and uncover what it can be like for someone to live with anxiety and ultimately come out the other side.
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