• 31 OCT 17
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    Things I Wish My Family and Friends Understood About My Anxiety and Depression

    Things I Wish My Family and Friends Understood About My Anxiety and Depression

    As someone who has suffered from Anxiety and Depression for a long time, I understand people feeling weary about sharing their feelings with friends and family. Sometimes it seems like there is no way they could ever understand what you’re going through. In my personal experience I have found they did try their best to understand and support me; however, there are some things that may be difficult for them to fully understand.

    1. Sometimes I cannot find an explanation for why I feel the way I do.

    2. Being constantly asked if I am OK can lead to me feeling even worse.

    3. When I seem to want space is usually when I need support.

    4. Some days it really is impossible for me to get out of bed.

    5. I don’t mean to avoid people.

    6. I still care about you, probably more than I care about myself.

    7. There are days when I feel completely numb to my emotions.

    8. There are days when I feel too many emotions all at once.

    9. I am trying to feel better. I really am.

    10. I truly appreciate everything you do for me

    I know caring for someone with Anxiety and Depression can be difficult; we push you away or try to cling to you forever, and trying to pull us out of one of our episodes can be draining for you, but you do it anyway. I will never be able to express just how much your support means to me — the 3 a.m. phone calls where you’ve pulled me out of an anxiety attack, the times when you’ve calmed me down when we’ve been out, and I seemed super happy, but all if the sudden I burst into tears, and your constant reassurance that you’re there for me. Your support is what makes my mental illness bearable, and I cannot express just how much I love you for it. 

    If you need help understanding and managing your anxiety or depression, make an appointment with a trained Counselor, either online or in-person.

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