Sergio’s 30th Birthday in Puaka, HI.

Adventures in Anxiety: A is for Anxiety!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and I’d like to take the opportunity to bring this very important cause to your attention before the month is through. As you might know, one in four American adults will experience some form of mental illness in their lifetimes, so if it doesn’t impact you directly, a family member, friend, or loved one will deal with mental illness — and your care and support matters! And because I have greatly benefitted from the care and kindness of others as I have managed mental illness, I like to take an opportunity each May to express my gratitude and encourage you if you are dealing with mental illness too.

My first post-diagnosis outing. The smile hides my fear.
Sunny day in Seattle = park day
My first work trip post-diagnosis. My then-boyfriend (now husband) Sergio came with me ❤
When he could have stepped back, he stepped forward ❤
  • Find your own support network to manage your thoughts and feelings (therapy — great for everyone!) outside of the person who is dealing with mental illness (they are not there to treat you).
  • Learn more about mental illness. The internet is filled with unreliable sources, so why not start with a good one, like NAMI?
  • Understand what is and is not helpful to your family member or friend. This means you have to ask them instead of assuming (but here are three things I recommend that you do not say to an anxious person to prime the pump — and what you might say instead).

NW native blogging about life’s struggles and triumphs. Balancing career, family, hobbies, and health. Fierce advocate for mental health. And chocolate lover.