Meg Crane is a freelance writer and editor. Having struggled with anxiety and depression her whole life, she helps other creatives learn how to take care of their mental health while pursuing the work they love. Learn more at megjcrane.com.
Being Honest About Anxiety Changed My Life
I’ve had anxiety since, well, as far back as I can remember. In the beginning, it was mostly social anxiety; I was terrified of adults and hesitant with other children. It morphed into a Generalized Anxiety Disorder as I grew older, but it’s only been in the past two years that I put a name to the awful feeling I get in my chest that radiates through my body.
Relationships with Anxiety
I’ve completely obliterated many a relationship due to my anxiety. There’s been the sudden rage born out of feeling uncomfortable. Nausea has led me to cancel plans again and again because “I don’t feel well.” And I’ve ghosted really nice folks because I was afraid of spending time with new people but had run out of excuses for not getting together with them.