Mental Health - @tayjaee

"Hey everyone! I’m Taylor, I am 28 and from Wisconsin. I choose to wear this white necklace from @awarecauses to represent my struggle with anxiety. When I was 11, I would cry all of the time because I was so worried about everything. People would tell me to “just stop worrying” and I couldn’t. I would keep my family up at night because of my excessive worrying. My parents were doing everything they could to help me.  At 13, my anxiety just kept getting worse. I worried about literally everything. No one knew what was going on or how to help me anymore not even the doctors. Nothing was working. So I was hospitalized due to my mental health. They ended up diagnosing me with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Depression. Sounds simple enough to most people but I literally had to learn how to cope and stop worrying because for whatever reason that did not come naturally for me. It took years of therapy. I am now 28 and I still suffer from anxiety and depression but I am now able to cope and control my thoughts better with the skills I have learned and with the help of medication. It doesn’t come easy and I still have some really tough times. I find it best to just take life one day at a time. I always thought there was something wrong with me. There isn’t. There is just lack of knowledge. That’s why It’s important to me that I share my story and keep on sharing it. Anxiety disorders affect 18.1% of Adults in the United States every year." @tayjaee

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