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This Comic Perfectly Explains Why Anxiety & Depression Are So Difficult To Fight
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This Comic Perfectly Explains Why Anxiety & Depression Are So Difficult To Fight

Anxiety and depression are two mental health disorders that many of us simply don’t understand. Nick Seluk, the artist behind the popular Awkward Yeti webcomic, partnered with Sarah Flanigan, a reader who submitted her story to him, to explain how dealing with these mental illnesses is a daily struggle. Their collaboration ended up with an explanatory and relatable comic that you’ll find below.

Feeling anxious or depressed at one point or another is absolutely normal, but some of us are living with depression every day. It can be difficult for those who don’t suffer from these chronic disorders to understand those who do, so they can sometimes say some fairly insensitive things; “Why don’t you just get over it?” or “What happened? You were so energetic yesterday.”

“As someone who’s experienced and has been around anxiety and depression, it was easy to do these cartoon drawings in a way that complemented the storyteller’s everyday problems,” Seluk told Bored Panda. “Sometimes, those who haven’t experienced the extremes don’t understand what it’s like, almost to the point of resenting it.”

More info: taptastic.com | theawkwardyeti.com | Twitter | Facebook (h/t: aplus)

Thank you, Nick Seluk, for talking to Bored Panda about your awesome project!

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jagbag
Community Member
6 years ago

Anxiety and depression are hard to explain. Illustrations such as these really show these feeling for what they are. Huge weights that drag people down. Thank you for your effort to get people talking about this issue. I too cringe when my husband tells me there is no reason for me to be sad.

TashaHarris
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6 years ago

I hear you, mine is very understanding but sometimes I can see his frustration in his body language.I try not to be so sensitive, it's hard.

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Rcatheron
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6 years ago

It's always a pleasant surprise when they're on vacation. I see beauty and joy all around me. But when they come back, all I see are the overwhelming tasks I'm unable to complete. The more tasks there are, the more paralyzed I become, the more worthless I feel. Meds help, but they're no cure.

R L
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3 years ago (edited)

it is when simple tasks feel pointless to do because your dopamine system gets irritated so quickly in this sensory overload society that it feels meaningless afterall. as in, it doesn't feel rewardingso you loose motivation

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MassielAlberto
Community Member
6 years ago

The best description. Sometimes, we just don't know what to do. There are good days and bad days, even taking medicine, there will always be bad days. It's relaxing when they take vacation.

TashaHarris
Community Member
6 years ago

I take meds too , life is so much better on them .Motivation is a struggle for me on or off medication.Hope they are on vacation :)

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jagbag
Community Member
6 years ago

Anxiety and depression are hard to explain. Illustrations such as these really show these feeling for what they are. Huge weights that drag people down. Thank you for your effort to get people talking about this issue. I too cringe when my husband tells me there is no reason for me to be sad.

TashaHarris
Community Member
6 years ago

I hear you, mine is very understanding but sometimes I can see his frustration in his body language.I try not to be so sensitive, it's hard.

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Rcatheron
Community Member
6 years ago

It's always a pleasant surprise when they're on vacation. I see beauty and joy all around me. But when they come back, all I see are the overwhelming tasks I'm unable to complete. The more tasks there are, the more paralyzed I become, the more worthless I feel. Meds help, but they're no cure.

R L
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

it is when simple tasks feel pointless to do because your dopamine system gets irritated so quickly in this sensory overload society that it feels meaningless afterall. as in, it doesn't feel rewardingso you loose motivation

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MassielAlberto
Community Member
6 years ago

The best description. Sometimes, we just don't know what to do. There are good days and bad days, even taking medicine, there will always be bad days. It's relaxing when they take vacation.

TashaHarris
Community Member
6 years ago

I take meds too , life is so much better on them .Motivation is a struggle for me on or off medication.Hope they are on vacation :)

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