“Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere.”

-Traditional Proverb

Though never having experienced it personally, it’s said that an axiety disorder is one the most common mental illnesses in the world.

Much like depression, the symptoms and triggers of it vary from person to person, but the root of it is medically defined as constant and excessive worry to the point of it hindering everyday activities.

Some of the more common symptoms are palpitations, profusely sweating and dizziness.

Much like depression, people with anxiety disorders have to deal with their fair share of folks who have misconceptions about.

Some people think it’s just stage fright, others think it’s just being introverted or a little shy.

The fact is, dealing with anxiety symptoms is sheer torture for the recipient of it. It’s not a case of feeling shy, it’s an actual fear that world around them is about to crumble.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I’ve been fortunate enough not to have dealt with anxiety like I have with depression so my knowledge of it or lack thereof prevents me from writing a more in-depth piece.

But seeing those around me with it, I’ve learned a very big lesson over the years. When I see someone sweating or trembling I no longer assume it’s just nervousness that can be overcome with a small pep talk.

For more information, I would recommend talking to someone with an anxiety disorder as sometimes it’s difficult to describe what people with anxiety go through in just a textbook definition.

Do you have an anxiety disorder? Do you know people who do? How do you deal with it in each case? Share your thoughts by commenting below.

Hi, I'm Neel! I'm a writer (fiction and poetry), a journalist and currently working in the advertising business. I'm also a mental health advocate, having been diagnosed with clinical depression a few years ago.
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