triumph_picture.pngLearn how people living with anxiety, depressive, obsessive-compulsive, and trauma-related disorders have struggled, coped, and triumphed. Find out what helped them find hope and recovery. 

Do you have a personal story of triumph? ADAA would love to hear from you. We welcome you to write a guest blog for us which we will share on our website and across our social media platforms. You don’t have to be an expert writer as your blog will be proofread for any spelling or grammatical errors prior to publishing.

In a story of 500 words or less, please describe your experience with an anxiety disorder and/or depression and how it has affected your life. Focus on the therapy or other treatments that have helped you manage or overcome your illness.  In order to publish you story on our website and share it on our social media platforms, we require you to use your real name and include a photo.

Submit your story together with ADAA's completed media release form via email to: ADAA Web Features. Or contact us for more details.

NOTE: ADAA reserves the right to edit for clarity, length, and editorial style. We do not guarantee that every submission will be published. If your story is accepted, you will be asked to supply a photo. Once your story is posted on this website, it is the property of ADAA.

We invite you to check out the ADAA page on The Mighty: Make your voice heard and submit your story. “We face disability, disease, and mental illness together.”

Featured Story

"My life began to change when I started to embrace my anxiety instead of being embarrassed by it."

ChinaMcCarney.jpgMy name is Ryan "China" McCarney and I have lived with anxiety since 2009. I was 22 years old. My first panic attack occurred that year when I was with my then girlfriend and we were on our way to a family gathering about three hours from my house. About 45 minutes into the drive I…

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