I’m a 28 year old writer-photographer, poet and politico. Born in Australia, I’ve lived in Manhattan, London and Philadelphia, and have been blogging, tweeting and advocating about mental health issues for more than three years.
I’m your sister, your cousin, your friend; an old woman, or that kid playing in the yard across the street. Hi. My name is Kate White, and I’m 1 in 4. Haven’t heard that statistic before? Then you should know that 25% of the world’s population will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives.
And if you want to talk numbers, let’s talk about the fact that I was 14 when the doctor told me I had Depression. Not the moderate, ‘here, take a couple of pills and see me next month’ variety, but the very-possibly-kill-you-stone-dead-with-great-ease-if-left-untreated kind. Then let’s talk about the 3 hours sleep I average on a good night, the days lost to panic attacks, flashbacks and migraines, or the hundreds of hungry, raging thoughts that grate against my skin…
The good news? There are lots of things the numbers don’t tell you, and that doctors can’t either. This blog is about just those things, about getting beyond the anxiety and experiencing safety, even joy. It’s about the questions that we usually ignore: How do I keep going? Why can’t I ‘just relax’? What is it like to finally, finally, be able to breathe?
Treating Anxiety reaches into the day-to-day to pull out the odd rabbit called Relief, served with some anecdotal evidence and a dash of good faith. Because it isn’t easy to look at the things that scare us most but it is worth it: nobody wants to live in fear.
So think of me as a dose of determination, and a hand held out whenever it’s too much to stand.
Treating Anxiety Welcome Video
If you’d like to get to know Kate a bit better, go ahead and watch this video: