anxiety chronicles

It’s ‘a severely twisted version of whack-a-mole’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘It’s like a mental Instagram boomerang of the most hellacious roller-coaster drop of my life’

‘I sometimes wish I could turn off my brain from everyday thoughts’: This is how I experience anxiety

A dispatch from an American living in Italy during coronavirus

‘My heart feels like it’s flopping around in my chest’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘For those who know the struggle, I want them to know that they are not alone’

‘The feeling of constant terror’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘It’s not just a worry that something bad is going to happen, my whole body is prepared for the fact that it will’

‘My brain is going a million miles a minute to try and solve a nonexistent problem’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘My brain won’t tell me what the problem is’

‘All rationality has gone out the window’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘I now know that what I fear most is failure’

‘It’s a battle with my own brain’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘It starts first thing in the morning when I open my eyes’

‘My mind will not turn off’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘It’s like comedy roast but none of it is funny’

‘Undulating waves of anger and sadness and fear’: This is how I experience anxiety

It ‘feels like I am trapped in a tank with no way out while the water rises up around my neck’

‘The most rickety roller coaster you can imagine’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘I crash — utterly exhausted, mentally, emotionally and physically’