OPIN­ION

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - OUT & ABOUT -

As a kid I al­ways showed signs of sep­a­ra­tion dis­or­der and anx­i­ety. I was a very clingy kid. I didn’t like sleep­ing in my own room, I wanted to sleep in my sis­ter’s room, and al­ways had to sleep with the lights on. I didn’t like thun­der or light­ning or big winds; lit­tle things made me anx­ious.

When I hit in­ter­me­di­ate and col­lege – the teenage years – that was the tough­est time. My anx­i­ety got a lot worse, to the point I couldn’t stay away a night from my par­ents. To watch all your friends hav­ing heaps of fun at sleep­overs and school sports tour­na­ments was re­ally hard, and be­ing too ashamed to tell them why you couldn’t go was rough. I had to make up ex­cuses why I couldn’t stay the night. When school camp came around I was so wor­ried, my dad would al­ways come as a par­ent help so I wouldn’t miss out.

It was hard to stay pos­i­tive. I re­mem­ber I would al­ways say to my­self ‘‘who would want to marry a girl like me’’. No­body would want to. I was so scared to tell my

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