I never wanted to leave the house.
I couldn’t control the racing thoughts going through my brain.
I slept constantly, because it brought peace.
I distanced myself from friends and family.
Anxiety isn’t just panic attacks.
Anxiety is depression. It’s racing thoughts. It’s feeling cut off from the world. It’s always second guessing yourself. It’s feeling like you’re having a heart attack in the middle of the night, out of nowhere.
There are so many different components to Anxiety Disorder. It doesn’t effect any two people the same.
You can’t always see anxiety on the outside. It’s an inward battle that takes over a person’s life. It takes ahold of your brain, and doesn’t let go.
Definition of Anxiety Disorder: A group of mental disorders characterized by significant feelings of anxiety or fear.
That’s a pretty broad definition. It says nothing about what causes it, where it comes from, or why it’s even a thing.
Why? Because, it’s different for everyone. It can be caused because of a person’s environment, an event that caused P.T.S.D., or even a chemical imbalance in the brain. It can manifest in a huge variety of different ways.
Some people develop O.C.D.
Some people have irrational fears. (i.e.: the dark, being sick, certain animals, or even leaving the house)
Some people have anxiety/panic attacks. Those come in a thousand different forms.
Here comes the important part:
Most people living with Anxiety Disorder are too afraid or ashamed to talk about it. That means they won’t ask for help. People living with Anxiety are at an increased risk for suicide, because they never got the help they needed. Insurance doesn’t always cover mental disorder care. It can be lonely and terrifying.
If someone you care about tells you they’re suffering from Anxiety or Depression, PLEASE do not dismiss them.
Sometimes it’s a matter of life and death.
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