“Hi, my name is Ariel. I am 26 years old, and I live in Chicago. Anxiety is easy sometimes. Other times, your partner is standing fully clothed in the shower, holding you up to keep you from sinking to the floor, while you try to breathe through your second panic attack of the day. Panic attacks can be debilitating and exhausting for the individual experiencing it, and terrifying for the observer if they have no clue how to handle the situation.
Before I learned how to better manage my anxiety, isolation was my “easy out”, because I felt like a freak of nature during my bad moments, and I was already quite good at compartmentalization due to past trauma. It may still feel easier to hide from social relationships, but because of the love and support I have in my life, I feel safe when I am at my most vulnerable. I hope anyone experiencing the same is able to lean on someone for support.
You are not your condition, and you are not alone.”