Thank you for sharing this and bringing awareness to a topic that needs to be talked about more. I struggle with anxiety/OCD, but I don't know if many of my acquaintances or friends know it because I try to hide it (however, if you hang out with me long enough, you'll know). People sometimes talk lightly about mental illnesses, and some of the worries I have are irrational/dumb, so that makes me less likely to talk about it. I also have a history of other issues as well.
I've seen how it has affected my life - esp. in school and work. School and work are hard enough, but when you add a mental illness into the mix, it makes things overwhelming. You could consider it a disability even, when it hinders your daily life. rn/writer said it well here:
Pretty much no one else at work - that I've seen so far - look as overwhelmed and stressed out as me (in my bad moments). I just cannot handle stress well, and I tend to show it outwardly. I know I should be on medication again (have been on SSRIs in the past), but there's just a few things stopping me from taking that step again.