beyond the green: collective of middlebury voices

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It got to the point where she felt caged in all aspects of her life.

Last year my sister suffered of anxiety. Initially my parents didn’t believe her. They thought that she was making up an excuse not to go to school. They believed something happened at school that my sister did not feel comfortable sharing. That was somewhat true. But it wasn’t something that was school related, it was about herself. My sister had began to self-identify as homosexual.and not being able to fully express who she was in areas where she felt unsafe gave her anxiety. It got to the point where she felt caged in all aspects of her life. She wasn’t eating, or sleeping, or going to school anymore. She missed school for two months at the end of her Junior year in high school. For those of us who remember how crucial junior was for the college application process. Again, more anxiety and stress added to the wagon. It wasn’t until she became open about her sexuality that some of that anxiety went away. Although, everything is a process and she still needs support from such a traumatizing experience.

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This entry was posted on January 31, 2014 by in Mental Health and tagged .
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