Hey guys! If we get my friend Jona to 10,000 subscribers on YouTube I will do a Q&A on here for an entire day. Spread this all around tumblr. She has Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder and she deserves a larger audience. Reblog this constantly and SUBSCRIBE. She would love to make videos about her mental illnesses in order to try to end the stigma around them and to help others. She is following her dream of becoming a YouTuber and to be in a professional network she needs 10,000 subcribers! Let’s do this! GET JONA TO 10,000!

Take a moment to congratulate yourself. You are so strong and you deserve to acknowledge that. Look at all the hard days you have made it through. You are here, you are alive, you are surviving. That is something to be proud of. You have so many good days ahead of you. Every morning is the start of a new day of opportunities for you. Just say yes! And remember how strong you are. You’ve come so far, and this is only the beginning of your story.

Take a moment to congratulate yourself. You are so strong and you deserve to acknowledge that. Look at all the hard days you have made it through. You are here, you are alive, you are surviving. That is something to be proud of. You have so many good days ahead of you. Every morning is the start of a new day of opportunities for you. Just say yes! And remember how strong you are. You’ve come so far, and this is only the beginning of your story.

Today my Grandmother gave me this bracelet. It hit really close to home. In the box was a card that said, “Through December 2014, 20% of proceeds received by Alex and Ani from selling the Peace of Mind bangle, with a minimum donation of $20,000, will be donated to the PeaceLove Foundation , a creative voice for mental illness, which offers life-changing expressive arts workshops to communities in need. PeaceLove is the first symbol of hope and support for the millions impacted by mental illness.” I think that this bracelet serves as a way to unite those of us affected by mental illnesses. I’m going to wear it everyday to show my support and love. I love all of you! Let’s end the stigma.

Today my Grandmother gave me this bracelet. It hit really close to home. In the box was a card that said, “Through December 2014, 20% of proceeds received by Alex and Ani from selling the Peace of Mind bangle, with a minimum donation of $20,000, will be donated to the PeaceLove Foundation , a creative voice for mental illness, which offers life-changing expressive arts workshops to communities in need. PeaceLove is the first symbol of hope and support for the millions impacted by mental illness.” I think that this bracelet serves as a way to unite those of us affected by mental illnesses. I’m going to wear it everyday to show my support and love. I love all of you! Let’s end the stigma.

Anonymous asked:

I keep biting the inside of my cheek until it bleeds and I can't stop. it's not an anxiety thing,I just can't stop. I have done it since as long as I can remember. What is a very easy way to try to stop?

Hi anon!
I am not entirely sure what the best approach to this would be, but my first instinct would be to try chewing gum instead.  That way you are focused on something else.  I think it would be worth a try.  Let me know how it works out.

Anonymous asked:

I get teased a lot in school because of my panic attacks, they think I do them for attention. I'm so sad, I try my damn best not getting one but it's so hard, I'm literally crying sometimes at home because I just feel so left out because of something I can't help.. I'm so just so.. helpless.

Aw anon, I am so sorry that people are being so mean.  That is awful.  Some people just really don’t get it and its so terrible that they put you through that.  But the thing to remember is that, they’re wrong. 
You’re right, this isn’t something you can help.  Its not your fault that you have panic attacks.  Its not your fault at all.  And if someone doesn’t respect you or try to understand that, than you don’t want them in your life anyway.
I have been where you are, and I spent almost every night crying.  But I promise you that you will find people that understand and love you unconditionally.  Just keep hanging on.  You are so much stronger than you think you are.  And you aren’t alone!  You’ve got me, and everyone else that follows this blog on your side.  We all support you no matter what.
Stay strong!
I’m here for you.
You will make it through this.

Anonymous asked:

Have you ever felt like people just DONT get it? I'm lucky to have the ppl i do in my life because they cared and noticed that I wasn't going out as much as I usually do. So my sister in law confronted me about it and I told her about my spontaneous anxiety attacks and some of what I'm going through. She tried to understand but she just kept telling me " you have to learn to relax" and I find that ignorant because it's just not that easy and she doesn't get it.

I completely relate to this.  I always dislike when people say things like “learn to relax” or “stop spazzing”  or “just calm down.”  I think its sort of offensive to say that to someone with gad or pd, and its a shame that people think its okay.  I am so sorry that your sister in law was rude to you.  The good thing is that she is trying to understand.  Give her a little more time to get it.  I know its hard to wait, but she will come around.
Stay strong!
I’m here for you.

My favorite Youtuber has made another video about Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder. What I think is most special about this one is that she is joined by her best friend (who does not have gad or pd). I loved hearing both sides of the spectrum. This video brought me comfort and I think it will help all of you as well. Please give it a watch. Subscribe to Jona too! She’s amazing and such a beautiful person. She is proof that you can live your life despite having a mental illness. She’s great about spreading awareness and she wants to end the stigma. We have a big community here and if we all work together, we can make a change.

Anonymous asked:

First of all I hope you're okay because I know you had some things going on and I hope you know we're all here for you as much as you are for us :) I've been struggling a lot with my anxiety lately. I think medication is making it a bit better but it's still difficult. I went out last night to the student union because my friends asked me to come along and I wanted to enjoy i but after an hour I just started panicking an I felt so guilty. How do you deal with that?

Aw anon! Thank you. Thank you so much. It means so much to me that you are here for me. Honestly, it means more to me than you realize.
Also, I am so glad that the medicine is starting to help! That’s great news. You’re on a good path and I am so excited for you.
I know how easy it is to feel guilty about panicking. Especially when you are out with friends or family. I used to get really down on myself. I blamed myself and tore myself apart. But that was wrong of me. I was wrong to be so hard on myself. It’s so easy to do that to yourself, but you just have to remember that you aren’t choosing to panic. It’s not your fault. It’s not something that you want to happen and right now it’s hard to control. And that’s okay! It’s okay to panic. Yes it feels awful, but it’s not wrong or shameful. And it’s definitely not something you should blame yourself for.
Just keep trying. Keep saying yes to things. Because it will get easier and your confidence will grow each time. I believe in you so much.
Stay strong!
I’m here for you.

Anonymous asked:

I'm really not familiar with panic attacks or what they're like, ect. But I think I had one today in class, but I don't know. So can you tell me if this sounds like a panic attack? I randomly felt like I was choking. I wanted to cough, but it felt like if I did I would throw up. I was getting really nervous and I was shaking. I couldn't breathe that well, and that's basically it. I laid my head on my desk for about 5-10 minutes, and it all stopped. What do you think?

Hmmm
I think this sounds like a panic attack. There is no set formula for an attack so sometimes it can be hard to tell. But to me this sounds like a panic attack.
Everyone is likely to experience one panic attack in their life. But if they start happening frequently, you might be developing a panic disorder.
Stay strong!
I’m here for you.

Anonymous asked:

I've screwed up. I don't know what happened but just my anxiety and stress just got to unbearable levels and I started self harming. It's been going on for about a month. It's kinda spiraling out of control and I think I want help. I can't really approach my parents so I think I want to talk to a teacher who knows about my anxiety but oh my god im so scared I don't want to get in trouble but I don't want to keep hurting myself I'm so sorry I'm really sorry I dont know what to do. I feel terrible

Oh anon, I’m so sorry. I’m here for you and I know things seem like they are falling apart right now, but I promise you that it will get better. I believe in you.
Please don’t ever apologize for venting and confiding in me. This is what I’m here for! I love you.
If you want help, you one hundred percent deserve to get it. I understand not wanting to approach your parents. A teacher is a great person to confide in, because they care about you but they are more distanced than a family member. You know what I mean?
I promise you won’t get in trouble. If anyone seems upset it’s just because they are concerned. You are loved and no one wants you to hurt yourself, ever.
You deserve to be helped. No one should have to go through this on their own.
I really admire you for wanting to seek help. You are so much stronger than you realize.
Stay strong! I really truly completely believe in you.
I’m here for you always. You can talk to me about anything.

Anonymous asked:

In school I've been getting bullied a lot about my panic attacks people say I'm doing it for attention and to be favoured by teachers but I honestly really try not to take them in school but majority are triggered by school but as soon as one person everyone knew and now a lot of girls have been taunting me bout it it's been really upsetting any tips how to cope in school?

This made me tear up. I’m sending you a million virtual hugs. I cannot believe that people are treating you this way! That is absolutely awful and unacceptable of them. Please remember that they are the ones in the wrong. You’ve done absolutely nothing wrong.
I would sit down with your school counselor and explain the situation. These kids should not be able to get away with this. I know it can be scary to confide in an adult, but you need to take care of yourself first and foremost. You should not be getting bullied and this situation is unfair. Your counselor can help you come up with a plan for conquering the bullies and for coping in school.
Honestly, I’m so sorry that this is happening. This is why we need to end the stigma. People just really don’t understand and it’s unfair to those of us that are dealing with disorders.
I’m here for you one hundred percent.
Stay strong!

Anonymous asked:

Do you have any advice for someone who's trying to learn to love themselves? I struggle all the time to see what other people see in me. No matter what they compliment I always feel like they're lying.

Hi anon,
I can definitely relate to feeling doubtful about compliments. I’ve always struggled when it comes to self image and self esteem. It’s something that I am working on each day.
Bottom line, we all deserve to love ourselves as much as others love us. I know that sometimes society can make loving yourself seem wrong or selfish, but that’s wrong. There is no reason why you shouldn’t love yourself and be happy with who you are.
I think the first step in becoming more comfortable with yourself is to realize that everyone has insecurities. Every single person on this planet. Even the people that seem perfect! We all have things about ourselves that we aren’t entirely happy about. It’s all a part of being human.
Then it’s good to be objective with yourself. Instead of picking out things you dislike about your body or yourself, look at yourself as a human being. Yes, there might be something you wish you could change. In fact, all of us have something we dislike about ourselves. But whatever it is, I promise you that it doesn’t make you any less worthy of happiness or love or good things. So what if you have some acne? You’re still a great person. And the truth is, the things we see as huge alarming horrendous flaws are usually not so apparent to others. I know that can be hard to believe, but I promise it’s the truth.
I know it’s easy to focus on things you aren’t happy with. But it’s good to try to show off your good qualities to yourself. Maybe next time you start feeling down on yourself, try to replace those thoughts with positive thoughts about yourself. Even just trying can help.
The only thing that matters is that you are happy and healthy. It doesn’t matter what society says, or what bullies say, or what anyone says or implies. This is your life and as long as you are happy and healthy then it’s all good. Seriously, being happy and healthy is what truly matters.
Also, take compliments! You deserve them! Take them and keep them close to your heart. I know what it’s like to think “oh they’re just saying that, and they don’t really mean it.” But honestly, people wouldn’t take the time to give you a compliment if they didn’t truly mean it. Give yourself some credit. You deserve every single compliment you get.
I’m still trying to figure this all out for myself. You aren’t alone! I hope this helps at least a little bit.
I’m here for you.
Stay strong!