Why Do I Hate My Birthday?

Pinpoint the cause of your anxiety

Deakin University clinical psychologist Glenn Melvin suggests four key motivators for birthday-related anxiety, the first of which is broader social anxiety. “Some people don’t like being the center of attention,” Melvin says. “To receive gifts and have a fuss made — it can trigger a type of social anxiety.”

Communicate with those around you

I’ve already briefly mentioned how difficult I find it to make anyone around me understand how I’m feeling. Still, every article I’ve found emphasizes the importance of communicating with your friends and family, and so I’d like to try.

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Nick Shereikis

Nick Shereikis

Hi! I’m Nick. I‘m interested in mental health, political polarization/rhetoric, and Manchester United — and I write sometimes. Learn more at nickshereikis.com.