Exclusive: Mia Dinoto Bravely Opens Up About Overcoming Anxiety and OCD In This Self-Written Essay

Exclusive: Mia Dinoto Bravely Opens Up About Overcoming Anxiety and OCD In This Self-Written Essay
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Ever since I was a little girl, I noticed that I had certain rituals or compulsions that I had to do or else I felt like something bad would happen. For example, I had to count telephone poles as we drove by them and if I didn’t, I would get extremely anxious and feel absolutely paralyzed.

I didn’t understand why I felt that way and I thought that I was the only girl in the world that felt this way, which made me both scared and embarrassed. As a result, I kept how I felt to myself and silently let the anxiety and OCD take control of my life. After a while, I was able to gain the strength to confide in my parents who then helped me vocalize my feelings and get me the help that I needed with my OCD and anxiety.

Since then, I have experienced a huge improvement from exposure and response therapy, along with prescribed medication to help ease my anxiety. It’s pushed me to take back my power and allow me to be the happiest and healthiest version of myself!

My best advice to anyone suffering from anxiety or OCD is to talk to someone you trust, whether that’s a family member, a friend, or a teacher. At first it might be intimidating, but once you do, you will feel an immediate rush of relief. Everything seems scarier when you are alone with your own thoughts.

If you feel like your anxiety is beginning to hinder your well-being, it’s important to get control of it by taking active steps to battle it. Whether that’s with formal therapy and medication, or a simple conversation with a loved one, it’s important to never feel alone in your anxiety. In order to overcome anxiety, you must first put yourself in uncomfortable positions so that you are able to conquer them with your own inner strength. It can be difficult at first, but it will ultimately give you the strength to regain control of your own life.

Your thoughts, insecurities and worries do not define you as a person. The most effective way to uncover your inner power is by recognizing your strengths and accepting your flaws because, after all, we are all perfectly imperfect.

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