Woman Shares How We Can ‘See’ Anxiety

Anxiety isn’t a joke.

People who are mentally disturbed are NOT living a normal life. But sadly, most of us fail to understand the severity and the nature of these sensitive cases. Negligence is something that can cost someone their life, so it’s best always to be careful and pay attention to small details and look out for people suffering from depression/anxiety/other illnesses in our surrounding. Because, in the end, if we won’t look out of each other who else will?

To explain more what anxiety is like, the Facebook user Megan Ferrero has shared what anxiety looks like for her. In an attempt to create more awareness Ferrero has shared the following picture and note:

Anxiety isn’t just chest pains, crying, and the inability to relax.

It’s biting your nails until they bleed, then picking off the skin on your fingers once you’re out of nails to bite.

It’s driving to the store only to sit in the parking lot for 20 minutes before turning back around, without even going inside.

It’s getting a text message and forgetting to respond promptly, so instead of responding explaining you were busy, you leave the notification there for days, weeks, even months, getting a knot in your stomach every time you scroll past it or every time that person’s name comes up

Anxiety isn’t just chest pains, crying, and the inability to relax. It’s biting your nails until they bleed, then…

Geplaatst door Megan Lynne Ferrero op Zondag 8 juli 2018

Her post has been shared over 190,000 times ever since it was posted. While talking to Mighty, Ferrero also said: “The reality of it is that you can look one way on the outside yet feel the complete opposite on the inside.” “That’s why I very often share pictures of me bare-faced, and it’s why I decided to include the picture of my fingers post-anxiety attack when I shared my story.”

Here’s the full message:

Anxiety isn’t just chest pains, crying, and the inability to relax.

It’s biting your nails until they bleed, then picking off the skin on your fingers once you’re out of nails to bite.

It’s driving to the store only to sit in the parking lot for 20 minutes before turning back around, without even going inside.

It’s getting a text message and forgetting to respond promptly, so instead of responding explaining you were busy, you leave the notification there for days, weeks, even months, getting a knot in your stomach every time you scroll past it or every time that person’s name comes up.

It’s hearing a noise and planning in your mind where you’ll hide, what doors you’ll lock, and how you’ll secretly call for help if someone broke into your house.

It’s asking your partner several times a day if they love you, partially kidding, but mostly needing to hear it because you find it so hard to love yourself in that moment.

It’s putting off washing the dishes until there’s no dishes left, but then feeling overwhelmed by how many dishes there are to wash, so you just leave them another day.

It’s understanding that what you’re worrying about is often irrational and not as extreme as your reaction warrants, but not being able to control your response. Often times, it even means you CAN’T understand that what you’re worrying about is irrational or not as extreme as your reaction warrants.

Anxiety isn’t just chest pains, crying, and the inability to relax. It’s taking everyday parts of life and intensifying the excitement or fear they result in times a thousand, to the point that they seem impossible to face. Some days are more manageable than others, and it’s on those days I try to remind myself that I CAN get through whatever anxiety throws my way.

It’s hard for me to share this and a little embarrassing to include this picture, but if even one person finds comfort in knowing they’re not alone in this, then I’m going to push past my comfort zones to do that.

Even though Megan was clearly not comfortable with posting a picture of her nails but in hopes of spreading awareness, she did it. So what do we learn from this? We learn that there’s nothing wrong with going out of your way to help others. Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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