How to Comfort Your Friend with Anxiety

Hey everyone! I’m Jessa, author of Happily Ever Hillmann. If you don’t know me, you wouldn’t know that I have sometimes debilitating anxiety that cripples me from leaving my house (or leaving wherever I’m at when a panic sets in). If you don’t know me, I seem relatively calm, friendly, and at ease in social …

Living with High Functioning Anxiety

Anxiety is a very common emotion, and everyone truly feels anxiety at some point of their lives. You may be nervous and anxious about a job interview or a first date. Having an anxiety disorder is when you or I have strong, debilitating anxiety, terrible enough to limit you from everyday activities. This definition though …

Living with It: Mental Illness and Ending the Stigma

When you hear the term “mental illness” there’s immediately a negative stigma that comes unfairly attached. Mental illness simply is that, an illness in your brain. Just like arthritis, or kidney disease it needs to be treated. In this day and age it’s still taboo to be open and honest about having a mental illness. Those of us …

Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety in Kids

Anxiety is a very complicated feeling. Everyone has dealt with some level of anxiety throughout their lives but not everyone develops an anxiety disorder. Kids may show signs of many different forms of anxiety, some different than adults and others not so much. As a continuation on my posts about anxiety I wanted to outline …

4 Ways Your Words Can Hurt the Mom with Anxiety

Everyone has some form of anxiety all moms are moms with anxiety, however, many have anxiety disorders. Their anxiety can cause them to not live their best life. There’s a huge difference between having a little anxiety, like worrying over a job interview the next day, and an anxiety disorder, which causes such painful worry …

Mental Health Awareness Month: What Can You Do To Help?

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. What is the purpose of bring awareness about mental health? Well today there is a stigma towards mental illness. Like many things it has come along way but there is still so much more room to grow. How is Mental Health Stigmatized? There are two types of stigma that …

Acceptance and Supporting Same-Sex Parents

Recently I read an article that had me just feeling terrible. The article was from Christianheadlines.com and its headline is ‘New Research Shows Increased Risk of Same-Sex Parenting‘. This article was claiming research shows that kids raised by same-sex parents have increased emotional issues, depression and sexual abuse. Looking into the sexual abuse argument is …

Why Can’t We Stop Judging One Another

In today’s political climate it is clear to me one thing. We all need to be more understanding and realize when we just DO NOT know. We all have our own beliefs, our own fears, our own religions, but we all live separate lives. Every person experiences life, death, trauma, good situations and bad in …