anxiety chronicles

‘It can be crippling’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘It doesn’t make you weak or less of a person to seek help’

‘I doubt it will ever go away completely’: This is how I experience anxiety

'Around the beginning of elementary school, I was diagnosed with selective mutism, a little-known anxiety disorder that made me unable to speak’

‘It’s made everything in my life harder’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘At times, I lost all hope of living a normal life’

It is still 'possible to live, laugh, love and grow’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘There are instances where anxiety can manifest itself in positive ways’

‘It’s as if I’m possessed by doubt and fear’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘I feel trapped inside my restless mind’

It’s ‘like a persistent, shady and unwelcome guest’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘Anxiety tends to just drift and settle in unannounced’

‘Pushing myself too hard has permanent consequences’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘Taking care of myself means putting some of my ambitions away’

‘I feel almost paralyzed and chained to my bed’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘I try to sleep to shut off my brain’

‘I’m learning to live in a messy gray area’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘When I started college, my anxiety became intertwined with food’

‘I anticipate disaster striking me as soon as I step out of the door’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘I socially isolate myself to minimize energy-consuming interactions’