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Ann’s Story

“I want to make it ok to talk about the depression & anxiety in my family.”

Share your stigma experience.

My kids don’t like it when I say I have a mental illness. They look at me like I’m weird. My grandkids say I’m weird. I just think I’m different and I’m ok with being different. I get sad and cry easily. I get anxious to the point that I can’t talk to anyone. My voice is scratchy when I’m anxious and I am more anxious when it’s scratchy so it is a vicious circle. I don’t think I’m anything special yet I always want to be someone special. I have a stigma that something is wrong with me. I feel bad that I have a mental illness but my kids don’t want to talk about it.

How did you overcome this experience?

I have yet to overcome this experience. I learned about this website from the podcast: The hilarious side of depression and I could identify with the stories I heard. I want to talk about my depression & anxiety but it’s not ok to do that in my family.

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In my life time, I want to make it ok to talk about the depression & anxiety in my family. Heck lets laugh about it! I’d like to think this website might help make it ok.

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