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Angelx

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Hi everyone! I’m Angel, I’m 20 years old. I’ve had anxiety since March of 2017, or probably before that, but that’s when I found out about it. I’ve been in therapy since then. My family doesn’t believe that mental illness is a real thing, so they’re under the impression that I stopped going to therapy in 2018 which isn’t true.
Throughout these past three years I’ve had lots of problems including symptoms of OCD, without it being severe enough to amount to a diagnosis because we worked really hard on it in therapy when it first started happening. I was diagnosed with depression as well, but I think it was seasonal because it went away on its own when we got to the brighter days of the year. My anxiety extends to generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and hypochondria. I also have an irrational fear that most people are going to kill me. I’m not paranoid though, by definition.

I love giving advice, so if anyone needs ANYTHING, that’s what I’m here for! Thanks for reading!!!


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Hi Angel, and welcome to the board. My mom's side of the family are definitely the "suck it up and deal" types, so I know a little of what you're facing. My mom doesn't really understand - but she knows the difference between someone who ducks out when things get hard, and when its a pathological process like an anxiety disorder. It saddens me a little that my cousins will never be interested in getting to know me better. I love family, and take some pride in where we have come from, but there's some baggage that I guess will have to wait for another generation to pass.
 

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AngelX, if your family doesn't think mental illness is a real illness, then it sounds to me like they should become much more educated about this very real and terrible illness.

Welcome to this forum, AngelX!
 

MarciKS

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Hey Angel.
I have GAD with a little social anxiety going on here. Oh and a dribble of depression.
 

Joshua1

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My family doesn’t believe that mental illness is a real thing, so they’re under the impression that I stopped going to therapy in 2018 which isn’t true.
Your family are lucky people. Mental illnesses are are real as the shoes on our feet. Mental illnesses are as real as the breath of all human life. I suffer with mental health issues from time to time. You have to work on communication with your family, its important that they support you. If family are not supporting you, who can.
 

Angelx

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Your family are lucky people. Mental illnesses are are real as the shoes on our feet. Mental illnesses are as real as the breath of all human life. I suffer with mental health issues from time to time. You have to work on communication with your family, its important that they support you. If family are not supporting you, who can.
Lots of people! My parents caused most of my trauma, I will never have their support and I’ve come to terms with that. It’s not my thing to work on when my efforts have been fruitless, they have to want it too and they don’t. That’s what friends are for

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hi angel I love your name! I have GAD, social anxiety (which is slowly going away). what has worked for me is I slowly invited people to the house ( I am still working on it) but have became more comfortable with it. I suggest star inviting them to you house first as it is familiar and start moving to cinemas etc. it was hard to me at me at first but I just did it. I'm so sorry that you family don't believe in mental illness. that's wild. I think you should still continue going to therapy, giving the fact that your family doesn't believe in mental illness as therapist understand and will help you. Again so sorry to hear:(
hope this helps! good luck:)
 
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