3 Things I Hate Hearing About My Anxiety and Depression
Sure, there are a lot of things people with anxiety and depression hate hearing. As a person who fights both anxiety and depression daily I have 3 phrases that are the worst for me.
1. “It’s all in your head…”
Well yeah! And if you want to know what’s going on up there, I will gladly share that with you. A warning though, it ain’t that pretty. Anyway, I knew what you meant, and it’s not all in my head it’s real and it sucks. I wake up daily with a thousand thoughts running through my head. I would trade my self-doubt, my worry, my stress, my uneasy feelings, for just one normal day. Sadly, I don’t have that option, my brain doesn’t shut off.
2. “Stop thinking about it…”
This statement makes me laugh! If only it were that easy. I literally over analyze everything, and yeah it can make me go crazy. The thing is though, you’ll never see my struggle. I keep all my thoughts to myself just so you don’t freak out about them like I do. I wish I could turn all my thoughts off, if even for a minute but anxiety doesn’t work that way.
3. “It’s not a real illness…”
Oh, that’s awesome, I had no idea you were a doctor! Let me tell you this, in order to get the medication I take to help me, a doctor had to diagnose my anxiety and depression. Thank God she did because my meds are a lifesaver. Are they physical or life threatening? No, not really, but they do effect some everyday aspects of my life. For example: You may do just fine in overly crowded places, me on the other hand, I don’t. My heart races, my breathing quickens, and I want to run. That’s anxiety for ya. Another example is: You may be over joyed to go out and do something you’ve always wanted to do. Me I start to feel down and out of it just because I want to have fun. That’s depression for ya.
There’s plenty of other things I hear, but these are the phrases I hear the most. So, next time you think about saying one of these phrases, please stop and think. People with anxiety and depression can only handle so much and we already have our own issues going on in our heads.
What are some things you hate hearing as a person with anxiety/depression?
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