Share your story

Share your story
0 words
0 words
0 words
*Required field

All stories will be reviewed prior to being posted. Any names of clinics, medications or professional groups or references to self harm will be edited from the story. Upon submission, the user acknowledges the information will be made public, but only your first name will be displayed. Thank you for talking. You could be helping someone else.
Sending

Filter Stories Done

« Back To All Stories

Maddie’s Story

“Always remember you have people who are willing to help you and don’t ever think you don’t.”

What kind of stigma did you experience/observe?

I’m here to share my experiences with panic attacks and anxiety. I’ve dealt with it for a while, since the beginning of 8th grade, and it has gotten worse. But, I learned to try and deal with it and if you can’t handle it, someone is always there to help you. Even if you don’t think you need help, it is always good to have someone by your side. I had all my teachers and friends by my side. I think the only time the anxiety was very bad was when I got to the gym one day. I sat out because my chest hurt and I thought it was a heart attack or something but I was assured that it wasn’t. So I guess it’s all going a bit better but I still have chest pains and I feel helpless at times but I know I’m not.

How did you overcome this experience?

I haven’t overcome it yet. I’m still working through it all.

Help others by sharing a brief positive message.

Always remember you have people who are willing to help you and don’t ever think you don’t.

Share This Story

Stigma Quiz

Can you recognize mental illness stigma?

Go To Quiz

Dive Deeper

Try the Make It OK Interactive Tool

Explore

12,176 people have pledged to stop mental illness stigma.

By signing this pledge, you’re taking a stand against the mental illness stigma. Pass it on. Print it out. Tape it up. It can serve as a reminder to start more conversations and stop the labeling. Together, we can Make It OK.

Take the Pledge