Rumination

Anxiety and depression are invisible illnesses that tend to be battled in silence or behind closed doors. It often feels easier to carry that burden alone rather than allowing someone a glimpse inside of your struggle—for fear of judgment, fear that they won’t understand, or merely because no words can do justice to the war that you’re fighting against yourself on a daily basis.

For many people, the thought of finding their voices and sharing their experiences seems physically impossible; but that does not mean that this is a topic that should be simply brushed under the rug. If enough people tell their stories, slowly but surely, the stigma associated with having a mental illness will diminish.

Struggle need not exist solely behind closed doors.