By Brown University alum '12, Neuroscience, Teacher, Startup Co-founder
Growing up, I had terrible social anxiety. I already had poor people skills due to my rather insular lifestyle, and moving between three different schools during my high school years prevented me from establishing any lasting or meaningful friendships. I ended up spending those crucial developmental years as an outcast. The loneliness and lack of emotional support at home caused me to spiral into a deep depression.
By Brown alum '11, Korean, Fashionista
I started Bikram Hot Yoga in New York, after graduating from Brown. New York is a very exciting city full of new people and opportunities. However, as those who've lived in the city may empathize, it is also a tough and crazy city to settle in, especially after living in a peaceful city like Providence. It can be very easy to lose balance in life, and get caught up in a lot of things - new things, bars, "it"places, new bosses, stressful environment, expensive clothes, etc..
By Brown University Medical Student, MD'18
I have always put a lot of pressure on myself. I remember being in fifth grade and getting a 95% on a math quiz and feeling so ashamed. I knew the answer to that one question: why was I too dumb to do it right?
By Brown University medical student, MD '19
I was diagnosed with social and later general anxiety in my early 20s. I had recently graduated from undergrad and had started working in mental health only to learn that my thoughts and worries were not normal. I had lived with anxiety my whole life that I was convinced this was normal. This was everyone's experience. The intense realization and sadness I felt was mirrored with relief. If it was a problem, a named problem, there had to be a solution.