Don’t take anxiety, lightly

From a young age, Janie was beset with excessive worrying which was taking a toll on her studies and relationships with her family and friends.

As she grew older the complications grew. Her mom suggested seeing a therapist for her excessive anxiety but she was offended at the idea. Things came to a head when she had a baby. Combined with the worries of a first-time mom, postpartum depression, and anxiety, she just wasn’t able to cope.

Finally, it was her husband who convinced her to seek treatment and eased her worries about the stigma attached to mental health.


Word count; 99

February 7, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes anxiety. Who has anxiety or what is the source? Is there conflict? How can you use anxiety to further a story? Go where the prompt leads!

Written for 99 words story- Anxiety, hosted by Charli Mills of Carrot ranch



73 thoughts on “Don’t take anxiety, lightly

  1. Compelling. I’m glad she had courage and support to seek help. Anxiety is a big deal. And it often coexists with other mental health issues. It is not a sign of weakness and should never be ignored.

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  2. This write sits in my heart, as the stigma attached to mental health is profound in this country, and seeking assistance for mental health considerations is always a wise choice. I’m glad the character in this story sought assistance.

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  3. So true . My grandfather had demensia , I saw him begging and anticipating his own understanding . Cause if you are mentally ill , you die each day against your own existence . And if you’re using something daily, that for sure needs a repairing . Nothing’s wrong with it . Your post reminded me of him. Thank you 💗.

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  4. I am so glad that the erstwhile stigma that used to be associated with speaking to a professional has changed over the last couple of years and we have a more accepting society. True, it will take a long time for things to change completely but we are on the right track.

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  5. Anxiety can come into our life for many reasons. Especially something life changing like having a baby. What helps me to cope is prayer. 1 Peter 5:7-While you throw all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.

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  6. Anxiety is something that we all experience in some way. What helps me is personal prayer to God. 1 Peter 5:7-While you throw all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.

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