S2 Ep.03 - My Anxiety Journey Pt. 1 - You're not alone

 
The Brave Fear Podcast with Brianne Wik - Season 2, Episode 3 - My anxiety journey Part 1 - You're not alone
 

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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