Mental health issues don’t have a certain look. Your suffering isn’t any less valid because you don’t always look like the picture on the left - I don’t either.
Anxiety has so many different symptoms. For someone who’s struggled with agoraphobia for years, in the picture on the right I was actually a lot more anxious than in the one on the left. There might have been more visible discomfort there, but on the other hand majority of anxiety / panic attacks aren’t actually visible!
My main purpose for creating @mh_stories_ was and still is to show people that it doesn’t matter their age, gender, race, or economic status, mental health issues can affect anyone. But, oh wait! You can’t TELL from smiley pictures that someone’s struggling?! And that’s the whole point. That’s why there is still so much stigma around mental health. YOU CAN’T SEE IT. But, does that make someone else’s struggles easier? Certainty not!
Invisible illnesses are real and they shouldn’t be taken lighter than physical health.
If you are struggling right now, I just want you to remember that you are not alone.
You are stronger than you think!
Anxiety can be extremely exhausting, so please be kind to yourself.
You are ENOUGH, even when you’re struggling!🙏🏻✨