Living with Anxiety: Why We Need to Destigmatize Mental Illness | Isabella Rinaldi | TEDxYouth@SHC

In her talk, Isabella shares her story of being diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at a young age. Through her personal experience, she explains the first step to de-stigmatizing the conversation about mental health and mental illnesses by attacking our own biases and allowing ourselves to deeply understand our own mental health. Isabella Rinaldi is a sophomore at Sacred Heart Cathedral. At 10 years old, she was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. She is now a mental health advocate and has worked her way up to the school's Varsity Speech and Debate team. Isabella’s experience with her own mental health and the social stigma surrounding it affected the way she saw herself. Her talk explores how mental disorders are perceived, emphasizes the difference between mental health and mental illness, and discusses societal stigma and the misconceptions about mental illnesses and how we can combat the general assumptions. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
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