Anxiety, I am sure everyone has heard this word, but what is it? Anxiety is the body’s natural response to danger. An internal alarm goes off, so to speak, when you feel threatened, under pressure, or are facing stressful situations.
In moderation, anxiety is not always a bad thing, but when it becomes a constant or overwhelming nuisance it can interfere with relationships and activities. It stops being functional, and that is when you cross the line from normal, productive anxiety into the territory of anxiety disorders.
Anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness in America affecting 40 million adults in the United States or 18% of the U.S. population. Despite these numbers, people with anxiety disorders still fall under the stigma associated with invisible conditions.
The truth is, although you might not be able to see it, people who suffer from it most defiantly know it is there. We are here, and we have something to say!
- “I don’t just ‘get nervous.’ Heck, half the time I’m not even nervous when I’m having a panic attack — I’m anxious. Sometimes it’s for no reason I can identify. When I’m anxious and nervous I recognize some of it is irrational, but I can’t just snap out of it. My mind and body aren’t cooperating with reason.” — Alex Wickham
- “I’m not being ridiculous or dramatic.” — Melissa Kapuszcak
- “We don’t need someone to look at us like we’re crazy. We need someone to be compassionate.” — Kristen Cunningham
- “I don’t want to feel this way.” — Jenny Genoway
- “It may seem irrational to you, but what I’m anxious about is very real for me.” — Paige Johnson
- “Every time I talk to you, I go over every word of the conversation many times in my head. If I said something I feel I like I shouldn’t have said, even if it’s as simple as incorrect grammar, I will obsess about it for years.” — Chelsea Noelani Gober
- “I’m still me. I’m not my anxiety.” — Abi Wylie
- “I know it can seem ridiculous at the time, but please, please, please just love me through it.” — Melissa Renee Wilkerson
- “Give me some space, but don’t forget me.” — Vickie Boyette
- “When I say I can’t take on even one more thing, I really need you to understand I really just can’t.” — Christine L Hauck
- “When I can’t do something, no one is more disappointed than me. Please try to understand that.” — Lindsey Hemphill
- “Sometimes I just need to be alone. It’s not personal. I’m not mad. I don’t have some problem. I don’t just need to shake it off and do something fun. I just need to be alone so I can reset myself and breathe a little.” — Stacey Weber
- “I do realize the things I worry about are ridiculous. Even though I’m aware, I can’t just stop it.” — Erika Strojny Myers
- “I might look like I’m doing nothing, but in my head, I’m quite busy.” — Diane Kim
- “I don’t always know why I’m anxious.” — Teri-Marie Harrison
- “It’s paralyzing.” — Marlene Pickering
- “After a hectic day, especially after being in crowds or dealing directly with multiple people, I have a ‘people hangover’ the next day. I need alone time to reboot from all the energy used. I have to rest and reset my mind. If I don’t, I will become bone-tired, overwhelmed and moody.” — Lisa Shuey
- “It’s totally possible to have social anxiety and be a raging extrovert.” — May Daonna
- “No matter how irrational I may sound, it’s real to me.” — Lorri Smith
- “Saying, ‘you will be fine’ doesn’t help.” — Thea Baker
- “It’s not a choice. You don’t choose to have anxiety. It chooses you.” — Patricia Lynn
After reading what these people have to say, do you still feel the same way about anxiety?