anxiety chronicles

‘Racing thoughts and a feeling of doom’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘I spend so much time trying to actively ignore my anxiety that I sometimes just want to give in and let it take over’

It’s ‘the voice in my head that demands perfection’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘Anxiety treats everyday events as life-or-death situations’

‘My thoughts never slow down and I quickly get overwhelmed’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘My mind starts running through all the worst-case scenarios’

It’s ‘like I’ve made a colossal mistake, again and again’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘I don’t allow myself to forget how I am wrong and no good’

‘My mind is just in a constant state of worry’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘I can’t stop the bad thoughts from racing around my brain’

‘My brain detects danger no matter where I go’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘I cannot escape the thoughts and images of something gruesome happening to me’

It’s ‘like a prison for your mind’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘Sadness takes over, and I cannot shake it’

‘My mind is my biggest naysayer’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘Every day, I expect some sort of catastrophe to occur’

‘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’