My teenage son struggles with social anxiety. It's been one of his banes throughout his young life which fuels much of his depression. I believe that those who live with depression, anxiety and other mental challenges are built differently in how they can cope.
One third of Canadian adults have faced some form of childhood abuse growing up. The statistics are likely higher in the US and worldwide which absolutely blows my mind with disbelief.
What does it feel like being an introvert with social anxiety? It's often misunderstood because the struggles are taking place inside our minds, without any physical symptoms.
I know guys who turn away from the conversation about feelings and mental health. It makes them twitch and feel uncomfortable. It also makes them defensive and they quickly deflect the conversation. I used to be that guy too.
Here's a short little editorial I wrote on the state of mental health after I attended the LumoHacks event.
Watch this short clip explaining why emotional abuse can be far worse than physical abuse.
A few weeks ago, my friend asked if I'd like to collaborate with him, and work with men who are looking to reform their lives. I accepted but by mid morning my anxiety about meeting new people started to kick in again.
I often wonder what everyone's story is about. I wonder how many people I meet daily battle depression or anxiety.
A short 90 second read on spreading kindness.