I’ve suffered from anxiety as long as I can remember.
I have had anxiety attacks, panic attacks, breathing into a bag panic attacks, hiding under the bed shaking panic attacks, and full out meltdowns. I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe. I can’t calm down. I dissociate too, making it so I don’t feel real, I feel like I’m in a dream or in some make believe world. And I don’t feel like I’m in my body either, which for people who haven’t experienced this, it’s hard to explain. But it’s absolutely terrifying.
Anxiety, for me, is just the endless search to feel safe.
There are a lot of misconceptions and misunderstandings surrounding anxiety, and people often mistake it for just being scared (the same way they mix up depression and sadness). It’s so, so much more than that.
It’s hard enough to live with mental illness, let alone be stigmatized and invalidated for it. This is why so many people don’t feel like they can reach out for help, and end up not getting the services that they need to survive.
I really want to use my voice to talk about anxiety + other mental illnesses, and really implore people that aren’t familiar with mental illness to do research on it. Correct any ignorant attitudes you may have about it, and help contribute to change.
This is one post of many!
Much love to everyone ❤️