What it’s like having anxiety. Most people don’t realise they suffer from anxiety. Anxiety takes all forms, but despite the forms it takes it’s all dark.
It lurks with one purpose and one purpose only: to squeeze you so tight into a corner, your lungs are scraping for air. It holds you with a grasp so cold. Anything can be a trigger, depending on your insecurities and your fears. You can wake up in the middle of the night in a panic and one slightly off thing can send you into a fit of screaming, crying, rocking, panicking, shaking…
A lot of people who have to deal with those who have anxiety think it’s tough. But it’s tougher when you’re dealing with anxiety itself than if you’re dealing with an anxious person. You can’t go into another room or hang up the call or put your phone on silent to catch a breath. You can’t close your eyes and go to sleep so for a couple of hours you don’t have to deal with it. There is no escape like that for people suffering with anxiety. You close your eyes, it’s there. You open your eyes, it’s there. The only option people like that have is to fight it. To rise above it. People with anxiety can’t run away from it. It follows them. It follows us.
So the next time you’re getting impatient with someone who is being overly anxious or paranoid, remember that they’re suffering even more than you. And instead of losing your cool or just ignoring them, help them… it’s easier to fight a battle when you know you’re not fighting alone.