After feeling quite alone in my mental health struggles, I was saddened, yet somewhat relieved to learn there have been mental health issues on both sides of my family. I was sad because I would not wish my struggles on anyone else, but also a little relieved to know I wasn’t “weird” or alone in my struggles. Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health diagnoses in my family, which is also what I struggle with. Learning more about my family’s mental health history has allowed me to open up to some close family and discuss our struggles so we can support each other in our daily lives. It’s comforting to know you have someone who understands you and knows what you are going through.
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