Discrimination is sadly a truth we are faced with every day. Whether you are a woman, a Muslim, an immigrant or a person of color. But there is also another form of discrimination that we don't talk about quite as often and that's the silent discrimination against self. It's the self-stigma we assign to our mental health. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States, 18.1% of the population every year, yet only 36.9 % of those suffering get treatment.
Mid December with the holiday season on the horizon and having read too many pieces about social media addiction, I was ready for a break. Every time I reached for my phone, I had a Pavlovian instinct to click on the Instagram icon and that's when I knew it was time.