I had my first panic attack when I was 15, and I was certain I was dying. In the decade since, I’ve made an uneasy truce with my anxiety, keeping most generalized panic attacks at bay with medication. My social anxiety is trickier; negative internal dialogue and dread are my constant companions, though I’ve learned to hide it well.

Over the past year, I’ve worked to understand myself, learning to recognize which of my attributes to embrace (hooray, introversion!), and which behaviors are symptoms of anxiety. I illustrate my ideas and experiences in a web comic called Introvert Doodles (note: introversion and anxiety are not synonymous, I just happen to be someone who lives with both). As I’ve posted my doodles online, I’ve heard from others dealing with similar challenges, and it’s made me realize that I’m not alone!

This process has given me the strength to give up my goal of perfection, and replace it with a desire for progress. I’ve realized that even though I’m imperfect, I’m still worth loving. And I hope that maybe my doodles will help someone else realize that, too. See my first post here.

More info: introvertdoodles.com | Facebook

#1 Sometimes Little Successes Are A Big Deal

Sometimes Little Successes Are A Big Deal

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Hans 2 weeks ago

Everyone has some things that come hard...a bit of self-paise for mastering them never will be bad, I guess. Particularly, if it more than "a bit" hard.

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#2 Man Overboard

Man Overboard

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Kjorn 2 weeks ago

yep. easy to relate to that

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#3 Don't Give Up

Don't Give Up

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Tamara Fowler 2 weeks ago

The perfect tips on a box of new crayons! Ahhhhhh.

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#4 All The Feelings

All The Feelings

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NeatAndNice 2 weeks ago

Oh and sensory overload while everything feels far away and like a blurry dream.

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#5 Three Good Reasons

Three Good Reasons

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Tamara Fowler 2 weeks ago

How many parties have I left early with these exact same thoughts! Thank you for putting it to images/words.

#6 Party On

Party On

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Esther Schreur 2 weeks ago

This is me at almost every social occasion

#7 You're Gonna Be OK

You're Gonna Be OK

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Dessira Buchholz 2 weeks ago

I love this one.

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#8 Kittens Are My Kryptonite

Kittens Are My Kryptonite

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Hans 2 weeks ago

This comic is about the success story of Bored Panda.

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#9 Still Awake

Still Awake

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Samantha Rodriguez 2 weeks ago

"Why am I still awake reading Bored Panda articles?!"

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#10 Remember That You Are Lovable

Remember That You Are Lovable

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Cuzy123 2 weeks ago

Is it weird that when I feel sad, I talk to my cactus?

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