Some months ago, I started drawing my thoughts as an person struggling with generalized anxiety, panic attacks and depression.

I started these drawings because I'm really bad at explaining what's inside my head, and explaining by drawing has always been a lot easier for me.

More info: sow-ay.tumblr.com

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Eva
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4 years ago

Yes, this works... just for a few moments of happiness

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blugeagua
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4 years ago

Soooo true!

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Amanda Panda
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4 years ago

Relatable!

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blugeagua
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4 years ago

Oh good grief! I hate it when people say "it's all in your head". First of all you don't know shit about what I'm feeling or what truly goes on with me so you have no right to say that. Second, no shit it's in my head! That's where the brain is! So that's where mental illness resides.

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Angel Of Death
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4 years ago

I fall apart outside too, but it's only in my head, so nobody ever sees it. :-\

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Carly Noelle
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4 years ago

Do upvotes also help?

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Silent Skeleton
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4 years ago

welcome to the goddamn party.

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an actual phan trash can
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4 years ago

yesyesyesyesyesyes

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Melody Lanzatella
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4 years ago

You're the only one that TRULY understands me bed...

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Charles Laster
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4 years ago

been there, done that, got the t-shirt.

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Kathryn Jackson
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4 years ago

Story of my life.

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- ̗̀ Dun-Shine ̖́-
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4 years ago

This happens a lot for me I apologize too much for my actions and thinking about them later

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Fandoms Rise
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4 years ago

OMG. So relatable.

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Paulina
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4 years ago

...and then you sink even more.

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Judie Hathaway
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4 years ago

I sure know this one...

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Amanda Panda
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4 years ago

"I can't believe you have bipolar depression, you are so funny, outgoing, and happy" -_-

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Dark Roof
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4 years ago

I also think sometimes that I've been given anxiety and depression by my parents through genes. They are too naive to acknowledge they suffer from these two problems!

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Bipolar King
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4 years ago

Story of my life

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Carly Noelle
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4 years ago

Or my own mind

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Nancy Arnold
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4 years ago

And when someone is on a all time low , no matter how many times you tell them that they are not a burden and they are loved very much . They still don't think they are

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Alma Sánchez
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4 years ago

When you are in depression, no matter what people say to you, their words never help. Actually after listen to them, sometimes you feel worse.

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Cameron Johnson
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4 years ago

There are a few that are easier. Eating. Reading. Never going outside...

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Monique Hawkins
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4 years ago

I know this.

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Carly Noelle
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4 years ago

It is hard. I know I don't have a right to complain when I'm not the one struggling with these things, but it hurts to see friends sinking into darkness. And not being able to do anything about it. I'm sorry.

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an actual phan trash can
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4 years ago

no. when people pretend to know how it feels ... ugh. just admit you don't

Patrick Farley
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4 years ago

they're not necessarily pretending. They just think that the temporary depression they dealt with after a bad break up or something is what clinical depression is like. It's still irritating, for sure, but I think it's meant to come from a place of wanting to help.

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Fandoms Rise
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4 years ago

I have a problem with people saying "I know how you feel." because the truth is they don't. Even if they have experienced something similar the exact same thing that happened to you hasn't happened to them and they are not you. They have no idea how you truly feel.

Bx Willekens
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2 years ago

Reality wise ... everything falls in two different results no matter how shallow or deep where the problems coming from... Happiness and Sadness Negative anx positive one of antidote is ACCEPTANCE

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Carly Noelle
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4 years ago

I feel like I've been guilty of acting like this. I tell people I understand, but I'm not sure I do.

Brent Kaufman
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4 years ago

People think that to understand someone's pain means that you had to have experienced their situation in order to understand. I've experienced my pain, my hopelessness, my fear, my paralysis so I can understand that others feel their pain, their hopelessness, their fear, without the specific details being the same for you both. So yes, I know how a person feels when they have no hope or desire to live and only feel pain. That should be enough for anyone. What do you gain by pushing sympathetic and empathetic people away just to be the one and only unique person that knows your specific brand of pain, fear and hopelessness. When someone with real experience with these things says that they understand, it means they understand "pain". Get off your unique high horse... until they start telling you "this is what you should do."

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Angelle Webb
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4 years ago

I understand this is a big problem because I also have anxiety but read the sign in the cafe. All of it.

Raju Sesharaj
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4 years ago

Losing your girlfriend or boyfriend just makes depression worse. If its depressing for normal people think about those who already have depression and anxiety. No one left to give yourself some fake happiness

Mandy Harker
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4 years ago

Ugh! I hate this type of "understanding". I even get annoyed when people say "oh yeah I had depression for a year, but then it just got better".

Magpie
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4 years ago

Just run that race, don't worry that you have two broken legs, ...... is about the same thing

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Carly Noelle
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4 years ago

Getting dressed is still a step. And usually it helps, at least a little bit

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Louiiiise
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4 years ago

I'm in the middle of this right now.

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Emily Graves
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4 years ago

This one made me cry harder than the others

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cutebutsavagetiger
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4 years ago

This is my life... at school...

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Fandoms Rise
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4 years ago

I need someone like that in my life. But I don't have anyone. I'm so alone.

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Crystllee
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4 years ago

Is it possible to find something sadly amusing?

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Lori Shelley
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4 years ago

Getting exhausted from your own brief spurt of positivity...

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Lorah Tink
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4 years ago

I always hated those questions. I know they don't mean to do harm, but it just pushes me right into the dark mode again if a million people come up to me and ask me how I am - and I am not supposed to tell because no one is interested anyhow and it would take too long, so I just say fine, although I am not fine. Furthermore questions like these make me wondering about IF I AM fine or not and you can bet, THEN I am not anymore because suddenly I remember ALL the things why I should definitely not be fine. Also, they make you feel weird. Just acknowledge that I am there, be happy for god's sake don't be surprised (or at least don't show) if I show up. It just makes me want to turn around and go.

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ArN
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4 years ago

I keep on saying that everyday..

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Daria B
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4 years ago

Or the shortest. Depends how you feel about what you feel like doing.

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an actual phan trash can
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4 years ago

i have the opposite problem. i sleep too much

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Pi...
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4 years ago

I know how this feels.

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Bipolar King
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4 years ago

Usually with Keaton Henson playing in the background

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Margo Pflug
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4 years ago

This happens way to often in my life.

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Emily Graves
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4 years ago

More like wish, instead of feel...

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Daniel Mallory
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4 years ago

tell me about it i also always pick up extreme anxiety right before i feel like a burden

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