(This is the eighth post in a series called “Anxiety Society” in which I interview everyday anxiety suffers from all walks of life about their struggles, their triumphs, their coping methods, and more. I believe that the more we openly talk about our mental health, the less of a “thing” it becomes. Conversation can reduce stigma, and my interviewees want to be a part of that.)

Meet Larry Nocella: blogger and independent novelist. He sold his first article at the young age of 14 and “has been writing ever since,” he says. By day, Larry is full-time employee at marketing company and a (mostly former) sufferer of anxiety & depression. He lives, writes, and works in the greater Philadelphia area.

Just over a year ago, he “came out” on his blog as a user of antidepressant medication:

Do I tell you something I’d rather keep private? Or do I spill the ugly details?

I’ve decided to share. Why? Because of you of course. Yes, you. Reading this. You. Or maybe someone you know.

Because there is definitely a time when sharing beats silence, and that’s if you can help people. Mom was all about helping people, so while I lean toward her style of privacy, I think she’d appreciate why I’ve decided to come out.

What I’m trying to tell you is I take an anti-depressant. Were you expecting me to say something else?

Larry and I talked about his anxiety, depression, his medication use, and his optimism for the future.

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Anxiety Society: Meet Larry, His Antidepressant, and His Recovery from Anxiety and Depression

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  1. Years ago I was forced to tell my boss that I had anxiety and panic disorder. She was shocked because I always seemed so calm and collected. I think this is the real stigma…if you have a mental problem, you cannot be functional.

    • Many people are surprised when I admit my panic disorder to them. One girl from college even told me that I am the most calm and relaxed person ever — I can’t even tell you how hard I laughed at that one.

      • It is quite humorous isn’t it! I always thought of that song Tears of a Clown, “if there’s a smile on my face, it’s only there to fool the public”. We’ve learned to keep our anxiety within ourselves and I believe that is why is it so hard to let go. Once I started being open about my disorder was I able to begin to move on.

  2. Conversation can reduce stigma

    What if one does not assign it in the first place, then it is zero.

    Harold A. Maio

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