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hen I was twenty-three, a well-meaning individual told me my anxiety, depression, and physical pain were in my head. “If you just stop thinking about them, and fill your mind with God’s Truth instead your problems will disappear.” 

They claimed they’d lived my story: traumatic events during childhood, intense verbal abuse, and crippling diagnoses that left deep wounds and suffering. And yet, the mental and physical casualties I felt were written off with mere Christian cliches. 

I don’t think they truly knew what I was experiencing. I doubt they do now.

While young adults are one of the top groups to suffer from mental health issues, I believe there are 3 negative and often untrue assumptions being made about their suffering. These statements were made about me, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they’ve been said to you. And that’s why I want you to be able to identify and rebuke them.