Katie O

I have anxiety, I have not been diagnosed by a psychiatrist, but mental illness runs in my family and my family and I are very well educated on mental illness. My sister has depression and many of my aunts, uncles, and cousins struggle with mental illnesses.

There is a reason I am not diagnosed… I am scared. I physically don’t feel as though I can talk to a psychiatrist. It scares me… everything got even worse when I switched schools this year. I had very consistent panic attacks.

In addition to this, there was a small time when I exercised more than I should have and ate less than I was supposed too. At the same time as all of this I started to really question my sexuality, something I have come to grips with now. I feel, at the current time, that I am doing slightly better.

A small thing that helped me was when a friend of mine asked me what panic attacks felt like. It felt amazing to tell her what they felt like to me and it took so much weight off my chest. Thanks for taking the time to read this. If I can (albeit slowly) be helped so can you

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