This is a more serious topic than I typically post about. I've lived my whole life with anxiety. I have general anxiety. There are several other types of anxiety, and there are more severe cases.
It didn't start getting bad until my freshman year in college. That's when I realized I wanted to learn more about mental health & illnesses. I switched my major to Psychology because I wanted to help others and myself. Living with anxiety feels like you're drowning when you appear to be just fine.
Anxiety, along with every other mental illness cannot be seen. The symptoms can be shown through behaviors, but it itself, cannot be seen. That's why many others tend to accuse others of being rude and just not showing up to a party or not wanting to ever hangout. They wouldn't question why someone with a broken leg cannot go swimming or run or any other physical activity because it is physical. It can be seen.
My advice for anyone living with or who knows someone living with anxiety, visit a therapist or a psychologist. Don't keep stuff in, anxiety is one of the top illnesses to have a comorbidity, which means you can easily form depression along with it. Talk, it may not be easy, but having someone who can help you without judging you can make a world of a difference. If you're the friend, be there. You may not be able to see it, but it is real. Don't judge because you probably do not understand.
Just be there for your friend.
If anyone needs someone to talk to, my email is listed in the links above. Message me. I'll listen and help to the best of my ability.
Hello! My name is Katelyn and welcome to my blog.