No, you are not alone. Yes, there are people who understand you.
“I grew up in an abusive and dysfunctional family of people who believed that the only help or therapy needed was keeping feelings and traumas in the family. It was so challenging and discouraging to seek help at first. Once I realized my sadness was hurting me physically to the point of not being able to get out of bed. I was diagnosed with anxiety and chronic depression as result of PTSD. I tried hiding it from my friends and family because to most of them it was a b.s. diagnosis that enabled me to get pity.
Seeking counseling was the best choice I ever could have made for myself. Does it mean that I have no issues with anxiety and depression? No, but I know that they do not define me or limit my success in life.
I am overcoming and YOU CAN TOO.”