Since 1949, May has been Mental Health Awareness Month. However, with all the awareness, society – even men themselves – have remained silent when it comes to verbalizing about their mental health – also known as The Unspoken Catastrophe.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America define Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) as, “(GAD) is characterized by persistent and excessive worry about a number of different thngs. People with GAD may anticipate disaster and may be overly concerned about money, health, family, work, or other issues. Individuals with GAD find it difficult to control their worry. They may worry more than seems warranted about actual events or may expect the worst even when there is no apparent reason for concern.”
“Value your mental health with the same amount of importance as you do your phsysical health.”
Anxiety and Me
I’m Jon Lester, 29 years old, features columist for The Loafer. I am a man that suffers from mental health issues. I am a man that suffers from Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
What is (GAD) like? Well, it exceeds beyond nervousness and worry. It creeps on you without forewarning; it doesn’t introduce itself, nor does it announce its existance; and its arrival and leave will be on its own terms. Anxiety can also disguise itself as a health related issue that can also cause physical pain.
I have experienced Anxiety for nearly 25 years and I am speaking out to shatter the stigma of men and mental illness. I want men to inform men that it is okay to have a mental illness, and it is okay to talk about Mental Health.