On June 30, 2016, I gave birth to my son. Less than a month later, I was admitted to our local psychiatric hospital for a severe case of postpartum depression. 

Looking back on my life, I’ve recognized a constant underlying presence of anxiety, like a thread being sewn into my life. Sometimes the thread is very noticeable, a bright color popping out against all the other colors of my world. Other times the thread blends in seamlessly with the fabric of my life – but it’s always there.

Threads of Anxiety began as a place for me to share my struggles with mental health, specifically anxiety and depression, and to discuss with others how I am coping and finding support. It’s now also a place where I strive to share my unique experiences and perspectives on life, and through doing so foster a sense of empathy and compassion among my readers.

I believe everyone has an important story to share with the world – there’s someone out there who needs to hear it, who needs to know they’re not alone. You matter – your story matters.

Erica lives in Abilene, TX with her husband, Dean and son, Calvin. (As well as their dog, Oliver, and three cats – Tiger, Possum, and Daisy.) Erica works as a librarian at Abilene Christian University in the Special Collections and Archives department. She completed her Master’s in Library Science from Texas Woman’s University in 2019, and also has an M.Ed in Reading from Harding University. She loves watching anime, especially her favorite series, My Hero Academia. Her favorite places to visit are Disneyland and Japan, as well as her place of origin, Arizona.