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 and took care of my mental health, 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 webcomics 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 cartoon drawings online, I’ve heard from others dealing with similar challenges, and it’s made me realize that I’m not alone!

This process of drawing comic strips 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 relatable comics 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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NeatAndNice
Community Member
4 years ago

Totally can relate to that :)

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#2

Man Overboard

Man Overboard

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Kjorn
Community Member
4 years ago

yep. easy to relate to that

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#3

Don't Give Up

Don't Give Up

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Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

The pet rat is my favorite! Particularly since it looks like a tiny mouse.

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#4

All The Feelings

All The Feelings

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NeatAndNice
Community Member
4 years 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
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#6

Party On

Party On

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Esther Schreur
Community Member
4 years ago

This is me at almost every social occasion

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#7

You're Gonna Be OK

You're Gonna Be OK

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Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

I guess this one is really for the insiders. :=)

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#8

Kittens Are My Kryptonite

Kittens Are My Kryptonite

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Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

This comic is about the success story of Bored Panda.

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#9

Still Awake

Still Awake

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Rcatheron
Community Member
4 years ago

EXACTLY. And there's no off switch.

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#10

Remember That You Are Lovable

Remember That You Are Lovable

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NeatAndNice
Community Member
4 years ago

Good advice!

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#11

Ask What Works For Them (Everyone Is Different)

Ask What Works For Them (Everyone Is Different)

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Cosmo Bolt
Community Member
4 years ago

I try to follow the rule "acceptance inwards, focus outwards"

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#12

Extremely Not Fine

Extremely Not Fine

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NeatAndNice
Community Member
4 years ago

You forgot: 20 minutes later "God damn, i survived. Again. Yay!" :D

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#13

Can You Relate?

Can You Relate?

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Heather
Community Member
4 years ago

#1 definitely. #4 too overwhelmed to attempt even one post it. Hide under covers.

#14

Please, No

Please, No

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Linda VanDeusen
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm the one "talking at the same time". I even tend to "run over" what the person is saying by trying to talk at the same time. I know it's rude and impolite, which makes me feel worse.

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#15

Basically Whenever Anybody Talks To Me

Basically Whenever Anybody Talks To Me

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Julieann Baldwin-Decker
Community Member
4 years ago

Let's add, "Here's what you need to do..."

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#16

Anxiety Scale

Anxiety Scale

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JEFF THE KILLER
Community Member
4 years ago

this is exactly like me

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#17

Always Awkward

Always Awkward

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Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

Six is on top I think, unless you visit vegan friends. Than replace the hot dog with a falafel wrap. (Hm, falafel...)

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#18

Useful Excuses

Useful Excuses

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Julieann Baldwin-Decker
Community Member
4 years ago

Does anyone have a useful excuse for avoiding a spouse's company party?

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