To those of you married to someone with an anxiety disorder, the parents, the siblings, the friends supporting people with a mental illness: this is for you.
I think it takes a special kind of person to love someone with anxiety, unconditionally.
As someone that has anxiety, I know just how much patience it takes to deal with loving me. It takes understanding, and a kind heart.
If you are loving someone through their mental illness, you are more of a hero than you know. Every hug, late night talk, and reassuring smile makes us feel a little more normal again.
To those of you that sit in silence with us when we can’t find the words: you are speaking volumes.
To those of you that treat us like a normal human being, because that’s what we are: you make us feel sane.
To those of you that take the time to actually listen when we just need an ear: you’re helping us to get our emotions and feelings off our chests.
Living with a mental illness can be frustrating, challenging, lonely, and sometimes unbearable. But, having at least one person that knows just what to do, can make a huge difference in our lives.
You may not understand why we are the way we are, but you love us anyway. And, that is impressive. You will probably get aggravated with us. (Hell, we get aggravated with ourselves!) But, you don’t leave. You always stick by us. And, that is impressive. You show us compassion, even on the days we don’t want it. And, that is impressive.
YOU are impressive.
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