Everyone gets anxious from time to time, which is why it can be difficult for us to understand people with chronic anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorders, however, can be socially and psychologically crippling for those who suffer from them, so The Mighty decided to help give these people a voice by collecting and publishing their comments about anxiety.

The comments, which Bored Panda supplemented with their own photo pairings, offer some specific advice for how to approach with someone who has an anxiety disorder. Most of them, however, have to do with simple compassion and understanding. If you have an anxiety disorder, let us know what you'd like to add in the comments!

(h/t: themighty)

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AmyMcDonnell
Community Member
5 years ago

I wish my mother would understand this and get of my back about everything.

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DariaB
Community Member
5 years ago

Sometimes I feel like I really don't wanna go where suggested, but when I actually do get out of my shell, and just go, even though I didn't want to, once I'm there and once it's done, I realise it was actually a good idea. Doesn't always work, but it's great when it does.

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#3

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KazGill
Community Member
5 years ago

When u get hurt so often u come to expect it to happen sooner or later and rarely have i been proven wrong

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KimberlyShaffer
Community Member
5 years ago

This could be said for naturally introverted people as well.

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LoriHertz
Community Member
5 years ago

I don't love you less I need to decompress.

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WillySulistyo
Community Member
5 years ago

like a radio that wont shut off ? this is scary , i once went 3 days 3 night without sleep and the mind just keep 'screaming' i was nearly mad , i approached a christian leader and he told me i lack faith , i say 'fuck you'

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#7

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LilyOcana
Community Member
5 years ago

Sometimes there isn't a source... or we don't know what it is.

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#8

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LilyOcana
Community Member
5 years ago

This was the worst for me. Certain ppl in my family always said this to me instead of helping me seek out medical attention. So before I knew I had anxiety I really thought I was going to die or that I was just going insane.

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#9

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MarshaSimpson
Community Member
5 years ago

I really like this one, people just don't understand what hell you are going through if you care about me please just try to understand. If people could somehow know what we deal with everyday .I did not ask to be this way and I would do anything not to feel this way.

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#10

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Pemberton
Community Member
5 years ago

I'd read this as "effort to understand" rather than "effort to fix". My best friend read a lot about mental health to understand and help me. It made me cry.

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KazGill
Community Member
5 years ago

If only people could understand the reality of this and understand u cannot "just switch it off" its both physically and emotionally draining on a daily basis

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#12

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LoriHertz
Community Member
5 years ago

I decline events in my life I would love to attend. The guilt is overwhelming. Please try to understand I do love you.

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#13

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ElizabethArmstrong
Community Member
5 years ago

I've lived a life of apologizing - to my friends, my children, my doctors, and I don't know why. I might as well apologize for the rain.

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#14

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LilyOcana
Community Member
5 years ago

Hugs help.

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#15

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WillySulistyo
Community Member
5 years ago

4 years house-bound.

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LoriHertz
Community Member
5 years ago

Sometimes alone is less painful for me.

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#17

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WillySulistyo
Community Member
5 years ago

such people are extremely rare , unles it is another sufferer , i have met a few and yeah we understand :)

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LeenPol
Community Member
5 years ago

Too many people make me lose my focus in seconds! I can't even keep a conversation!

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RobertFragnito
Community Member
5 years ago

It's more that men aren't as out spoken about their problems. It's important that we read this sort of thing though, and understand that it's not an unusual struggle.

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WillySulistyo
Community Member
5 years ago

i am anxiety , it consume me , i want to be better , i will be better if you help me ... just be my friend.

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DariaB
Community Member
5 years ago

This looks more like an internal conversation a sufferer has with him/herself.

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#22

The Hardest Part Of Social Anxiety Is...

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JEFF THE KILLER
Community Member
4 years ago

its too hard for introvert like me so ill stick with cutting....

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#23

Please Do Not Tell Me To Just Breath When I Reach Out To Tell You The Roots Of My Anxiety

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#25

Sudden Noises Could Trigger An Anxiety Attack Like The Sound Of A Balloon Pop.

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WhitneyMugford
Community Member
5 years ago

There is no words on this one?

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ree
Community Member
1 month ago

lol, j.k. rowling. then try to accept trans women.

#27

You Freaking Out About Me Freaking Out Does Not Help The Situation

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Community Member
5 years ago

I don't know how to delete it... I'm so sorry.... Fuck... I'm sorry...

Tammillia
Community Member
5 years ago

I think it was funny and an accurate representation of my daily life at college. xD Was a surprise to come across at the least.

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JacquiWholohan
Community Member
5 years ago

I liked this image, even without the text. Even with anxiety (which yes I've had for years) you have to laugh at yourself sometimes. That image is my brain when people think I'm calm.

Community Member
5 years ago

Thank you to all who saw something positive about this... I really didn't mean to offend anyone and I wish I knew how to delete it...

LaureenBertin
Community Member
5 years ago

hey nothing to be sorry about! This was such a great post. My daughter has anxiety and I never do and I need to begin to understand better, so thank you so much! And the funny wavy thing is great!! :)

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OranDavis
Community Member
5 years ago

I think it's safe to say that the Earl of Lemongrab experiences some pretty severe anxiety. ;) I relate to him in that way, and I totally identify with this image. Jacqui (a couple posts below mine) put it perfectly when describing this as "my brain when people think I'm calm." Exhausting.

articutis
Community Member
5 years ago

Haha. I'm glad to realize that the post author meant no harm. This seriously makes me laugh, though. I think most anyone with anxiety can relate.

AndreeaHausi
Community Member
5 years ago

There is no reason to be sorry. It was the last picture I saw when I read the article and it perfectly describes the feelings someone with anxiety has somethimes...ormost of the times... Wanting to cry out, to be heard by the rntire world but it feels like no one is listening... Or maybe no sound comes out... I cannot really tell which is the scenario. Maybe both..

Community Member
5 years ago

Sorry my text didn't load up with the image. I'm so sorry if this offended you. I have severe anxiety too. And I idk I'm sorry...

Community Member
5 years ago

No? This is literally how I get... Sorry..

Dakota Zayat
Community Member
4 years ago

Don't worry some ppl are just taking it the wrong way when you don't intend that whatsoever

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StevieSerenity
Community Member
4 years ago

Anxiety is no joke, but it does kind of feel like this.

LoriHertz
Community Member
5 years ago

The thought of Christmas shopping.

TasiaMacKay
Community Member
5 years ago

Not offensive at all. :) Made me laugh. I have bad chronic anxiety. This picture is comically accurate. Lol

Mollie Ivory
Community Member
2 years ago

You mistake is done for good. You made someone day a bit better. Tho some ppl who can't take job just don't

Mollie Ivory
Community Member
2 years ago

*joke (auto correct are the worst)

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TeresaStockroske
Community Member
5 years ago

Me, I saw it as I needed a break from my anxiety and needed some funny in my day.

JezthurrJude
Community Member
5 years ago

Idk why there are downvotes. Helped lighten the mood. Sometimes all I need are silly cartoons or gifs. XP

LoriHertz
Community Member
5 years ago

Oh yes Holiday Season, I should be soooo happy!

TLWagener
Community Member
5 years ago

This means "You freaking out about me freaking out does not help the situation."

WillySulistyo
Community Member
5 years ago

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wtf , you making fun of us ?

Baked_Potato
Community Member
5 years ago

They are one of you, do not assume.

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