I know that I started developing anxiety problems when I was a toddler.
I accompanied my parents to stores and would get paranoid whenever I accidentally made eye contact with strangers.
My mom tells me today that I was constantly complaining to her that people were watching me and staring at me. Now I recognize that as sheer social anxiety manifesting at a particularly young age. It’s hard for me to fathom that sort of behavior at that age, but I have memories to back up her words completely. In high school, my innate anxiety problems got worse when I started to develop depression at the same time. Suddenly my mental health was slipping and my hold on class grades, exams, and my part time job was beginning to loosen. I could have benefitted from medications at the time, but who wants to push that on their child? I don’t blame either of my parents for not putting me on those drugs at that early of an age, but it’s still true that the problems persisted past college and into adulthood. Thankfully I have CBD and cannabis nowadays to combat my anxiety and depression problems respectively. CBD is one of the fastest things to calm me down if I’m having an anxiety attack. CBD is one of the many cannabinoids in the marijuana plant, but doesn’t have psychoactive effects like THC. While I like THC products for depression symptoms, CBD is extremely effective for treating my anxiety and my occasional joint pain in my hands. Hemp products are legal in most states, as long as you don’t live in an area that has specifically outlawed it despite its federal status.