I was blindsided by an anxiety disorder in October of 2015. It was, hands down, the single most terrifying experience of my adult life. I realized that I was in trouble when I had what I can only describe as a nervous breakdown.
I began to doubt myself, my abilities, and sadly, my worth. Regular life stressors began to be triggers for mornings where I would wake up not wanting to face the day.
The humility to be fully self-aware is key for growth. It's an ongoing struggle, and it's not easy to believe you could be wrong about a social or emotional scenario. But when in a maxed chemical state, you usually are.
Stop thinking of yourself as a man but rather as a human. Forget the deeply rooted societal rules that are intended for men/gender roles. Instead look at yourself as a human dealing with life and think of yourself in terms of your personality and character traits. Embrace who you are.
This is Tim. I’m incredibly grateful for his story as well as his willingness to participate in 31U. Tim is a corporate pilot for a private company out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. On ground, he likes playing Ingress (a GPS based phone game), gardening, and weather watching.
three questions. one of you. 31U asks a friend three questions about his or her experience with mental illness. This person might be a man who deals with mental illness or someone (like my wife) who is a supporter. Over time, the 31U series will show how men of all sorts, with all backgrounds, and…
three questions. one of you. Periodically, I will be asking a friend three questions about his or her experience with mental illness. This person might be a guy who deals with mental illness or someone (like my wife) who is a supporter. Over time, the 31U series will show how men of all sorts, with…