My Story – Living With Anxiety & Depression

Hi! I’m Michelle. Thanks for stopping by.

A Little About Me

Above everything, I am a mom of four amazing children and a wife to a wonderful, supportive husband.  I have a full-time job where I have an opportunity to influence children and hopefully make a difference in their lives.  Anxiety & depression have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.  My symptoms of anxiety & depression are well controlled most of the time, however, I have breakthrough symptoms periodically.  They are reminders of how terrifying mental illness can be.

My Anxiety Symptoms Began at the Innocent Age of Three

I don’t have to look far to figure out why I was plagued with such a frightening, lonely, and sometimes debilitating illness.  Many generations of my family have suffered, as I have.  Being predisposed with mental illness, mixed with some very tragic life events, resulted in severe anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. When I was a very young child, my baby brother passed away, due to complications of a heart defect.  Learning about death, at the innocent age of 3, caused me to experience severe anxiety and pure terror.  Little did I know, this was the beginning of a lifetime with ups and downs, dealing with mental illness.

The Negative Stigma Associated With Mental Illness

For years I have felt ashamed of my illness.  I hid my symptoms from others, in fear that they would think I  was weird, or “crazy”.  It was not until now, forty years since my first symptom, that I feel comfortable enough to share my past and present experiences with others.  It is because of the negative stigma, associated with mental illness, that I felt I had to keep my health issues hidden. I have learned, throughout all of these years, that the best therapy for anxiety and depression is talking with people that have experienced similar symptoms.  I created Positive Place Online to share personal stories, that may help people like us, get through difficult times. Please contact me with questions, or if you just need someone to listen who truly understands mental illness.