Updated: Sep 1, 2020
Mental health disorders run in my family. We have everything from ADD and ADHD to anxiety, clinical depression and bipolar disorder. I’ve been anxious for as long as I can remember. When that’s the case, it’s hard to pinpoint whether it’s nature or nurture or some combination of both. I tend to lean toward the latter.
I was an anxious kid. There’s no denying it. I was always worried about something. Worried someone would forget something I needed. Worried about the stove being left on when we were leaving for the weekend. Worried if my hand weren't physically clasping my favorite purple blankie it would be forgotten. I was always checking and rechecking things, even before I hit double digit age.