Okay, so ... as I mentioned in the Depression posts, sometimes I have a hard time reading people. Especially if I'm just a little bit off. So I'm not sure if I'm perceiving this correctly or not, but someone who could be reading these posts is now acting strangely toward me. It's not someone I'm particularly close to, but someone I know nonetheless.
So is there, in this time of education and enlightenment, still a stigma toward someone who gets mild anxiety and depression, who is honest about it and who is completely functional in the world? Perhaps. Does it bother me? Frankly ... yes. It does. I'm no different now than I was a week ago, before I mentioned anything about all of this. If this person got to know me as a friend, I would certainly have gotten around to telling him/her.
So, all I can say is that I'm the same person I was last week. I don't inflict my issues on anyone who isn't close to me - and with my close network, I only talk about it to try and figure things out. The worst that anyone might experience from me is my being quiet or slightly cranky. I am in no way a danger to myself or to anyone else. My ability to care for other people or deal with any situation are not impared.
Of course, if this person really is turned off, (s)he probably won't be reading this anymore. But I thought I'd mention it anyhow.
I know my true friends will stay, but it's really sad to think that someone would hold any of what I've said against me. And if they had questions or concerns, I'd hope they would ask me about it.