(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. Thank you for not only this article, but everything you publish. It is so important to keep breaking down the stigmas, misconceptions and general “it’s all in your head” mentality out there. At 28, after having 2 kids and a great wife, I found myself having panic attacks. 10 years, 2 more kids later, I am proud to say I am gaining momentum on my recovery/journey. Your articles, great therapy and a support network have helped. Thank you and have a great holiday season!

  2. 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.

  3. 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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