About 40 million adults in the United States suffer from anxiety (according to the ADAA). That's about 18% of the whole US adults population, yet the society still often misunderstands it. Luckily, India-based illustrator Pranita Kocharekar, who has suffered from anxiety herself, has started a project titled "Acknowledge Anxiety", which lets us peek into the reality of the health disorder. The project features a series of illustrations, showing what anxious people experience.


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"I want to tell people that they're not alone", Kocharekar told Bored Panda. "Mental illness can really be difficult to handle and knowing that you're not alone itself is a saving grace."

More info: Instagram | Acknowledge Anxiety | #AcknowledgeAnxiety (h/t: huffingtonpost)

#1 You Overthink Everything

You Overthink Everything

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Michel Guntern 4 months ago

My girlfriend does that, and spend hours trying to 'unthink' her.

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#2 When You're Sick And You Ask Dr. Internet For Cure

When You're Sick And You Ask Dr. Internet For Cure

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Yvonne Bernal 4 months ago

I'd rather go to the airport for my medical advice. - I can get a free x-ray, breast exam; and if I mention certain 'words or terms' they'll even give me a free colonoscopy.

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#3 They Don't Call You On Time And You Break A Sweat

They Don't Call You On Time And You Break A Sweat

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Amanda Panda 4 months ago

This is actually a big one for me, especially if you add being introverted into the mix because you have to mentally prep yourself for a phone call, so when its super delayed or doesn't happen, its kind of a big deal.

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#4 You're Extremely Indecisive

You're Extremely Indecisive

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Heather Cox 4 months ago

I'm brutally honest with myself to the point I don't know if someone is asking for a truthful answer or a fabricated one.

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#5 When You Hear Rustling At Night, You Make Up Scenarios Of A Being Stabbed To Death

When You Hear Rustling At Night, You Make Up Scenarios Of A Being Stabbed To Death

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•_• 4 months ago

Me every night!

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#6 When Your Boss Wants To See You In The Office... The Walk Is A Hard, Hard One

When Your Boss Wants To See You In The Office... The Walk Is A Hard, Hard One

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Amanda Panda 4 months ago

or anytime anyone texts you "we need to talk" .... will literally lose sleep.

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#7 You Check For Your Phone Before Sitting In The Cab, While In The Cab, And After Getting Out Of the cab - twice

You Check For Your Phone Before Sitting In The Cab, While In The Cab, And After Getting Out Of the cab - twice

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Pi... 4 months ago

I literally have heart attacks!! :-D

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#8 You're Forever Paranoid And Over Cautious

You're Forever Paranoid And Over Cautious

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Michel Guntern 4 months ago

What if I don't wake up tomorrow?

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#9 Have You Locked The Apartment Door?

Have You Locked The Apartment Door?

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Wayne Beesley 4 months ago

Oh no ! This is me !

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#10 Meditation Is Like...

Meditation Is Like...

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#11 You Have Irrational Fears

You Have Irrational Fears

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maryhadalittlelamb 4 months ago

ever thought if we are mini-creatures living in a world of giants. our universe is a small part of their world so we have never seen them before.

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#12 You Can't Read The Newspaper Because...

You Can't Read The Newspaper Because...

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Michel Guntern 4 months ago

It's in a foreign language.

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#13 You Subconsciously Worry About Having Nothing To Worry About

You Subconsciously Worry About Having Nothing To Worry About

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Michel Guntern 4 months ago

Now that is a problem.

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#14 Video Games Press All Of Your Stress Buttons

Video Games Press All Of Your Stress Buttons

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Daria B 4 months ago

Depends on the genre. I like games that make me think partially also because they're a distraction to my usual over-thinking nonsense.

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