I Learned I Have Anxiety in Front of a Few Thousand People

I was six years old at the time.

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For those of us with anxiety, it often presented itself at an early age. Long before we knew what mental illness was, we knew what it felt like.

I was a really quiet withdrawn kid. My mother gave me all kinds of grief about that since my siblings were outgoing and gregarious and I was…

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Heather Ashman

Heather Ashman

Writer. Single mother to transgender son. Still grieving the death of my partner. Lifelong fighter of depression and anxiety. M.A. in Human Behavior.