Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences

Since being diagnosed with panic disorder, I’ve noticed terms such as “panic attack” being used casually to describe nervousness. I think this comes from a place of misunderstanding, but when I say, “I’m having a panic attack,” it’s taken less seriously by my peers. My panic attacks feel more akin to heart attacks with numb limbs, tingling sensations, chest pains and difficulty breathing.

You may have heard “I’m so OCD” being thrown around to mean “I like things tidy,” or “she’s just being bipolar” as a dismissive way to say someone has changed their mind. These sayings minimize the severity of what folks who live with mental illnesses go through.

It’s important to start a conversation about mental health, but the language we use when starting that conversation is important, too.

I used to hide my dad’s addiction. Now I can talk about it, but I’m still learning how to cope.

Recently, I realized I needed to let go of the weight of this secret

I used to think I wasn’t like other girls. Here’s why that was all wrong.

A lot of us are conditioned to be unhappy with the idea of being a woman

I felt disoriented and lost after being raped. Here’s how I found my way back to happiness.

I’m not here to tell you what to do or how to feel, but I’d like to offer what helped me most