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Tough Realizations Throughout My Anxiety Recovery Journey

My journey with anxiety, panic disorder, and agoraphobia started when I was about 15-years-old. I had always been an anxious kid, but in high school I began struggling with severe anxiety and panic, experiencing panic attacks nearly every day. I often missed school, I withdrew from my friends and even family, and had a really hard time leaving my house every day.

A couple of years later I began going to therapy. I had experienced trauma as a child and also as a teenager while in a very toxic relationship. There were many hard things that I knew I had to work through in order to heal and push past anxiety, panic, and agoraphobia. And committing to me and my mental health, well that was an idea that had never been familiar to me.

Throughout my recovery journey, I had some tough realizations. And these realizations taught me just how important it was to commit to me and my mental health. I want to share these realizations with you in hopes that you can learn from them, and avoid some of the mistakes that I made.

1. Recovering meant a lot of hard work, work that only I could do. And sometimes I was the reason why I was staying stuck. This was such a hard realization for me.

In the beginning, I truly thought that going to therapy was enough. That if I showed up and talked some th