1. Antonietta McGoey

    May I have your permission to read this to my AP Psychology students during our “Abnormal Psychology” and “Treatment of Abnormal Disorders” units? I have many students that suffer from anxiety and this really makes it clearer to me just what they are going through. You gave great examples of biological & cognitive therapies. I have never heard of that piercing before. I will have to talk to my other AP Psych colleagues about it.

    The teenage brain is incredibly complicated. (You should read the book “The Teenage Brain”.) You are going through an incredible period of growth in which your brain will learn the most than at any other period in your life. But, at the same time your body is trying to develop and your brain is being bathed in hormones at a level that your body has never dealt with before.

    Good luck Annabelle! You are very strong & brave! Another amazing literary piece!

  2. Karey Pustejovsky

    Annabelle! I’m so proud of you for sharing this! It’s awesome that you’ve found ways to deal with your anxiety and I’m certain that by posting this you will help many other people dealing with the same things you dealt with! Big kudos to you!! 🙂

  3. Donna

    I am 46 now and you described my highschool experience perfectly! I didn’t know what was wrong with me and it terrified me. As a grown woman I am a huge advocate for encouraging others to get help and a treatment plan for anxiety/panic disorders etc God bless you young lady for speaking out! I plan to share this with my 16 year old daughter who has been dealing with panic attacks.

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