For as long as I can remember I felt broken, as if something was wrong with me, and that I was the only one in the world who felt that way.

My name is Kimberly Bryant and I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Mood Disorder when I was only 9 years old. I had always felt as if my emotions controlled me. My psychiatrists and therapists growing up always told me my emotions were just too large for my body. I walked through life hating myself and my emotions and how they defined me.

It wasn’t until a few years ago that I finally met a therapist who helped me realize that there was nothing wrong with me. My emotions didn’t control me and in fact they were only a small part of who I was. It took a while for her to convince me, as I had spent my whole life thinking and feeling otherwise, but I started to open my eyes to the possibility that maybe, just maybe, it could be true. My thoughts and emotions don’t have define me. It was freeing. I suddenly started to wonder how many others out there felt the same way as me and I realized I wasn’t alone. That knowledge changed everything for me.

Everyone at some point in their life struggles with their mental health in some fashion and so many of us walk through life thinking that something is wrong with us if we struggle. So instead of seeking help, we suffer, alone, and in silence. We should treat mental health the same way we treat physical health. You have a cold, you make an appointment for a physician. You feel anxious, you make an appointment for a therapist.

That is why I absolutely love the Foundation of Hope. They are committed to raising awareness of the importance of mental health and they help fund research to find more effective ways to help those suffering. Which is exactly what this world needs. If we discussed mental health more openly and if everyone was able to get the treatment they needed, I can promise you there would be less people walking around feeling alone and broken.

My name is Kimberly Bryant. I am a wife, soon-to-be mom, musical theatre performer, board game lover, hard worker, loud, and passionate person, who happens to have Generalized Anxiety Disorder and I am not broken or alone. I am normal and I am human!

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