When you have a broken leg people will see your cast and understand you are in pain.When you have diabetes people understand that you need to not eat sugary foods. When you have the flu people give you sympathy and hope that you feel better soon. When you have anxiety, there is a stigma from the outside world. Mental health is not easy to see and the average human won't even notice. Mental health stigma can be divided into two categories: social stigma and self stigma. Social stigma includes all typecast and pessimistic prejudices surrounding clinical anxiety that are believed by society in whole. When people with anxiety are inadvertently dismissed as 'looney', that's social stigma speaking. When they're doubtlessly considered a threat to society, this also lands under the fault of social stigma. Social stigma is painful for those with anxiety and is a significant stimulant for self stigma. Self stigma crops up when those who endure from anxiety disorders turn the negative judgments inward. When sufferers think bad of themselves because of their disorder and speculate that others will see them as abnormal. it's a self-induced shame. Studies prove that self stigma is proven to negatively affect professional success, and isolate its them from social interaction. Only one third of people who have anxiety will try to get treatment as so many prefer to suffer in silence. This should not be happening in 2017 when being open to such conditions is more mainstream in social media. Feeling ashamed of what you are going through is a horrible way to live. One of the best things you can do for yourself if you suffer from anxiety is to break free from the stigma. Read and research about anxiety. Find forums, communities and specialists online and talk, talk a lot. Get it out there into this world that is too quick to judge and take back your life. Stop feeling distraught about how you feel and be you, anxiety warts and all!
A widow and very single Mom trying to find a place in this Universe. I have had anxiety and agoraphobia for most of my life mixed with panic attacks for extra fun. I have been through more in life than the average woman and hope my experiences make someone else feel less alone. I will make mistakes in my grammar maybe even a spelling error or two. I am not perfect and sometimes will hit publish before spell checking! I type a lot in the middle of the night with no sleep, so anything can happen!