Hello world, I’m Claudia.
I usually spend my time here on FIRST Ladies talking about college and what it’s like to be a design student, but I wanted to talk about something that isn’t really addressed in the blogs: stress, depression, and anxiety.
Growing up, I always pushed myself to succeed and for the most part, that helped me excel in school and robotics. However, I spent so much of my time obsessing over grades and deadlines that towards the end of my high school career, it was destroying my life. I remember thinking that I was the only one who felt the way I did, and I was all alone. It was around this time when I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. When I was diagnosed, I realized that one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. The thing about having an anxiety disorder is that it didn’t just appear in my life. I was born with a chemical imbalance in my brain and it wasn’t until I was at my absolute lowest, did I come to terms with it.
At this point in my life, I more or less have things under control. I take medication and occasionally see a therapist when my anxiety levels get too high. Regardless, I have my good days and my bad days and the bad days can be really hard to deal with. The saying that “your worst enemy is yourself” rings especially true on the bad days. I have found that there are some ways to make the bad days less “bad” and I thought I would share some resources and information I have discovered over the years.
In general, here are some good things to know, regardless of your age:
If you are in college, you have to make an extra effort, these are some helpful reminders:
Some other websites and articles with great information regarding mental health:
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