In conversation, however, I don’t always have the time to explain my way around a lifetime of preconceptions, though. There are times when I cut to the chase:
“I have generalized anxiety. I get migraines when I don’t take care of it and myself.”
Straightforward, concrete language brings its own set of complications. Some of my loved ones still get a little queasy around my diagnosis. Others aren’t entirely comfortable that I take medication to regulate my brain chemistry.
I might have felt the same even 5 years ago. I don’t anymore.