In this episode, I talk about my struggle with an anxiety and panic disorder, which I’ve had since the age of 6.
I discuss the feelings of isolation and shame that can come along with anxiety and panic, things you should not say to someone who is struggling and shares a funny story illustrating why you should not try to suffer in silence and instead take the Brave Fear action of being honest about your anxiety/panic to those around you.
Here are a few highlights:
Suffering from anxiety/panic/depression/etc. does not make you “less than” or “flawed”
Not knowing how to deal with feeling like you’re “not normal,” especially as a kid
Not talking about mental disorders can lead to feeling very alone in your struggle, but you’re not alone
There’s a “Christian” mentality that really let me down when it came to my mental health
A special message from Brianne (by way of Nichole Nordeman) to those suffering
A funny story about Brianne, Martha’s Vineyard, Xanax and why it’s better to be honest than silent
Brave Fear call to action:
Share your story. If you struggle with anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, etc… share your story. Share it with a friend, share it with a family member, share it publicly, share it with me! (Email me at Support@BrightlyandCo.com). I am here for it and I want to support you on your own Brave Fear journey. If you post online about this, use the hashtag #IamBraveFear so I can help support you that way as well.
Because YOU ARE BRAVE FEAR.
*Please note, if you thought of anyone while listening to this episode, please share it with them - it means they need to hear it.
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