Hey, y'all! I'm Alexa, and after seeing a few specialists, I was diagnosed with panic disorder in late 2014.
When I was younger, I was repeatedly reminded that over 40 million adults have an anxiety disorder and I'm far from the only one, but I often wondered...where are they? 'Cause no one was talking about it. And I had important questions, like:
How do you find a therapist who is affordable for someone with a low income?
Or how do I talk to my partner about my anxiety and the possibility of night terrors? (Such a sexy sleepover mood killer. 🙄)
And, on the flip side, how can you help your partner while they're having a panic attack?
Or one of the most unfortunately common questions I've been asked: How do you handle parents who are stuck in a different era and think you're just being dramatic?
If you have any questions you want answered from someone who navigates anxiety, I am 100% open. Drop your question in the comments or via this anonymous Google Form, and you could be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Community post!
NOTE: Everyone's experience with anxiety and anxiety disorders are different, and I can only speak from my own experience.
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