Today I am ready

This week marks the one year anniversary of my writing this blog, anxietymusings.wordpress.com.  This blog was started as an assist to help me stand up to and eliminate the stigma that is attached to mental health illness.  Having an anxiety disorder, I was very aware of this stigma, and wanted to be proactive in helping to reduce the stigma, and perhaps one day get rid of it entirely.  Until this moment, I have been using a pen name to sign my posts, but it is time for me to come out of the closet from where I have been writing, and to write under my given name.   Close friends and most of my family knew that I was writing about mental health issues.   But I justified not using my own name to the wider audience because I was protecting my family.  I did not want any possible backlash to affect them.   The real truth is that I was not ready to open up to the world. I was scared of the stigma.   Today I am ready.

My name is Leslie Pontz.

 

Below are related links.

What is Stigma?

https://project375.org

https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Living-with-a-Mental-Health-Condition

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/georgebell/why-i-came-out-the-mental_b_9295786.html