Today is World Mental Health Day. All my life I have dealt with social anxiety. Social anxiety is a fear of social interactions. You're constantly wondering what other people are thinking about you; whether it is negative or not. Millions of people have some form of social anxiety.

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For years I did not talk to anyone that wasn't my parents or sister. Because of my anxiety I don't have any friends. I don't mind often. At times it does get lonely. At school people would try to force me to talk. People don't understand that makes it worse. I feel like if I don't talk I will be hated. Sometimes I don't even know why I'm anxious. I'll get anxiety over the littlest things. I would wait for someone else to get up and turn in a test before I do. I had to drop out of public school because my anxiety got so bad. I tried to do online schooling but I get anxiety from calling people. Anxiety has held me back from doing thing I want to do, like join a club at school.

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I have slowly starting to overcome my anxiety. Just knowing I'm not alone has helped a lot. Anytime I start to feel anxious and I can feel my heart beat, I just take a deep breath in and let it out. I do this until I am somewhat calm.