“Huh. Must be a women thing.”
Said with a dismissive shrug and a grin, this was my supervisor’s response when I tried to explain how my brain works differently with its multiple anxiety disorders. The problem was apparently not with my brain chemistry, but with my ovaries. Give me a fainting couch and some smelling salts because here comes the female hysteria.
It wasn’t the first or last time someone dismissed my disorders, though it was the first time someone attributed it to a gender problem. I’ve been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and panic disorder. They first appeared in my life around the age of 4, and they have been my constant companions ever since.
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