I would like to take this time to introduce myself as the most recent "expert" here at AnxietyCentral.com. For many years, I have been writing about various health issues, although I prefer writing and learning about the "hidden disabilities." My quest for information began about 10 years ago, when my son was diagnosed with ADHD. Since that time, he has been diagnosed first with depression and later with bipolar disorder. I saw how difficult it was for him, living with a disability that no one could see. A disability that impacted every part of his life, yet was misunderstood, not accepted or simply ignored by people in his life.
It was out of necessity that I fought the school system and the mental health system to try to get him the help he needed. Sometimes I was successful, sometimes I was not. Hidden disabilities are hard to understand by those with no experience. People can understand "medical" issues, someone having diabetes or cancer, but they don't understand illnesses of the mind. So many people, even today, believe that if you try hard enough, you can get over it. I know this isn't the case. I know mental illness requires treatment, understanding and acceptance.
With so much misunderstanding, not only from those in the workplace, the educational system and yes, even the medical profession, I set out to help bring some understanding and knowledge to those that needed it most. Using my skills in writing, I began a career of writing practical advice for parents dealing with ADHD in their families. This career has expanded and includes different "hidden disabilities." Anxiety is one of those.
It is my hope that over time, I will be able to supply the members of AnxietyCentral.com with information they need to make the most of each day. The information I bring you is fact based. I check my sources to bring reliable information to help you make informed decisions on medications and treatments.
In addition to factual information, practical information is also invaluable. It helps to share your experiences, your stories and your successes and failures. It helps to know what other people are doing that works for them and to share strategies. My goal is to help each person here expand their knowledge and create a place where you can seek out not only factual information but receive support and strategies to cope with anxiety on a daily basis.
In addition to writing at ADHDCentral.com, I am a contributing writer at Suite 101 and have recently began building my own website, FamilyandLifestyle.com. Last year I also became a Certified Life Strategies Coach with the goal of learning more about helping other people to make the best of their lives.
I look forward to reading the Share Posts here, finding out about what concerns the members here have and what information you need to make your life better.
Please share with me some of the areas you would like to see more information on the site.
Published On: May 12, 2008