Mental health is just as important as physical health.

It’s something that a lot of people, including myself, are embarrassed to talk about.

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I have anxiety. I’m lucky enough to not also suffer from depression, which is commonly linked to those with anxiety. I get anxious in new situations and around crowds. Most people with anxiety have figured out a way to “fake it ‘til they make it”. We put on a brave face and push on because that’s what we have to do. But, inside, we are a wreck.

I would say that I have always been an anxious person, but over the past few years I have noticed an increase in certain situations. I meet with a psychologist once a week which has helped a lot. People need to know that they aren’t alone in their feelings, which is what I felt for a very long time. That it’s ok to ask for help and to let others know when you need it. It’s also just as important for significant others, family members, and friends to understand as best they can about what someone goes through when they have anxiety. It’s not made up, done on purpose, or anyone's fault. You can really help your loved ones a lot just by educating yourself on how to support them.