Having a chronic illness makes it difficult to feel hopeful. It’s easier to feel depressed and anxious, too. But it’s not always like that for everyone.
The experience of fear is felt when chemicals are produced and released by the amygdala. The amygdala is a tiny, pea-shaped organ deep in the center of the brain.
It started with mild feelings of uneasiness that quickly grew into near constant anxiety and paranoia. I was irritable and short-tempered, easily taking offense, and quick to get angry. I’m no stranger to managing emotions. I make my living helping other people identify and manage their own. I knew exactly what I was experiencing and thought I knew how to manage it. But this was more than just stress or skepticism. Something wasn’t right and I needed to get help soon.