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.