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The Power of Support

“Being 27, and moving to Texas without really knowing anyone was hard at first.  I moved from Pennsylvania in January 2019. I am diagnosed with Social Anxiety disorder and Depression. I get extremely anxious around groups of people, and I am always afraid that I am being judged for what I am thinking, so I tend to hold my thoughts in. Because of the nature of my work/career, I have to interact with people everyday. I honestly struggled with communicating for a while, and wanted to give up. I knew that I had to reach out and get help. I started attending the Galveston Support group in September 2019. I really did not know what to expect, but after my first group, I knew I wanted to attend more group sessions. The group has honestly changed my life and for the better. Everyone just has been really supportive and we are always checking in on one another. It’s because of this group, that I’ve found many friends and people I am close with today.  I really try to implement what is being said to me, and use it when I leave the group sessions.  It’s not as easy as it seems either. I still get anxious and nervous, and I still hold my thoughts in from time to time. But it’s about progress not perfection. In my free time, I love to paint and it is what calms me. I usually give my paintings away because they bring me so much joy. I also write poetry, and I journal every day. Having to find a balance between my job and personal life has been hard, but it is something that I am working on every day. I always say everything happens for a reason. I am extremely grateful for the support groups, the bonds I’ve created through them, and all of the validation and support given. It’s truly why I am still pushing forward today!”

-Galveston Support Group Member