I came across the article, What It Feels Like To Have Anxiety, Because It Isn’t Us ‘Being Crazy’ by Hayley Greenwood on Thought Catalog, and it almost felt like fate that I found it. [Truly, shoutout to this girl, because I really enjoyed this article].
I just had this conversation with my best friend not even 48 hours ago. How do you describe what anxiety feels like to someone who has never experienced it before? Together, we could not even come up with an answer. This article, however, sums it up to a T.
What I’m gonna do for you is pull some of my favorite snippets out of this article that I think are the most important when it comes to living with, being with, loving someone who experiences anxiety.
And if it is you that is reading this that goes through these struggles, know you are not alone. Know that if you are ever belittled for what you are going through, you do not deserve it; you deserve to get out. You deserve to be supported. You deserve to be loved, for your entirety; anxiety and all.
- “It gets to the point when it’s the loudest voice in the room, no matter how much you try to get rid of it, it’s just there.”
- “Your mid will convince itself that things are worse than they really are.”
- “People underestimate what anxiety really is. You want to call those who overthink everything or make up scenarios in their head crazy, but you don’t understand: those with anxiety can’t control it.”
- “Be careful with your words – don’t say we’re overreacting, to calm down or to stop worrying. Do you think that if we could stop worrying, we would have by now?” [I think this is honestly the most important thing to take out of any of this, and if you have made it this far to read this, do not forget it].
If you or someone you know needs help, you can call the 24-hour crisis lifeline at (800) 273-8255. xoxo.