For my whole life, I had only ever encountered anxiety by way of those around me. I’ve had close friends with anxiety and my boyfriend of three years has it too. I feel like I have grown up in the vicinity of anxiety, almost as a voyeur, but I myself had never been diagnosed with it. And since I’m now pushing 30 and as of recently hadn’t been diagnosed, I assumed that I permanently was out of the woods. But upon conducting research, I learned that you don’t have to be born with anxiety or be diagnosed from a young age to experience it. As it turns out, you can experience it at any age, even if you haven’t felt it in the past. Unfortunately, I learned this the hard way, as have many people.