When Sarah Fader, CEO of Stigma Fighters, first used #thisiswhatanxietyfeelslike on Twitter, she used it to talk about her own experience living with chronic anxiety and panic disorder. Soon, the hashtag took off, and now people are using it to offer honest accounts and start important conversations about what living with anxiety means to them.
Here are some of our favorites. Perhaps, you’ll be able to relate.
Body shaking, wanting to crawl into a ball and hide in the corner. #thisiswhatanxietyfeelslike
— Kim McCarthy (@seekingrest) March 5, 2017
I don’t hear from my friend for a day. My thought – they don’t want to be my friend anymore. #ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike
— Sarah Fader (@TheSarahFader) March 3, 2017
#ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike Being nervous & having butterflies for no reason.Not knowing if this will turn into a panic attack or fizzle out
— Sakinah (@TheMuslimHippie) February 24, 2017
Waking up in a panic from a stress dream and being unable to discern if your experience was real or not. #ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike
— coco linell (@coco_linell) February 24, 2017
Thinking that every suddenly stopped conversation was about you & that you’ve done something wrong all the time#ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike
— Keep fit and smile! (@seetheskylight) February 24, 2017
How do I end this conversation without looking like a freak or like I hate them? Just walk away? Walk away!! #ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike
— K. Williams (@KWilliamsAuthor) February 23, 2017
#ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike constantly thinking people are talking about you, even strangers, bc why wouldn’t they talk about you?
— Taylor Nicole (@taycowrites) February 23, 2017
Everything is an emergency. If it’s not an emergency, you just haven’t figured it out yet. #ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike
— Naomi Hawke (@NaomiHawke) February 23, 2017
#ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike …. everything is going wrong right in front of your eyes and you have absolutely no control over it
— Lauren (@laurenm5783) February 23, 2017
#ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike When you feel like a shitty friend even though there is no evidence to prove this.
— Sarah Fader (@TheSarahFader) February 22, 2017
Seriously, listening to 9 voicemails, returning 3 calls makes me feel like I’m walking naked down the street. #ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike
— Sarah Orsborn (@erniebufflo) February 22, 2017
Checking traffic reports bc a friend’s late & didn’t call & you’re 100% sure they’re dead or hate you. #ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike
— Liz Nanney (@anoddchild) February 18, 2017
#ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike obsessing over a thought or problem, not being able to tear your mind away from it. It makes you agitated.
— Meghan Shultz (@alwaysunstable) March 4, 2017
Constantly wanting to make sure everyone’s happy #ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike
— ThedepressedTardigra (@ThesadTardigrad) February 18, 2017
Make your 2-minute phone call. Lay in bed analyzing it for an hour after. #ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike
— jamie ™ (@daydreamjamie) February 18, 2017
Friend asks: “Wanna go hiking sometime in the summer?”
My mind responds:”MY WHOLE WORLD IS FALLING APART!”#ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike
— Andreas Gerdén (@andreasgerden) February 17, 2017
When asked, the reason I feel anxiety isn’t good enough so I make something up and then worry about lying #ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike
— Brie Dobs (@dobson_briana) February 17, 2017
Feeling like, at any given moment, you might actually crawl out of your skin #ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike
— Sarah ❤️ (@SarahGram6) February 16, 2017
Others: You can do this!
Me: I can’t.
Anxiety: Don’t listen to them. Don’t even try. You’ll hurt yourself.#ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike
— Rebel W/out Applause (@TymothyLongoria) February 15, 2017
Sometimes I get anxious about being anxious, nervous about being nervous.#ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike
— Josh (@UnitedAs1Voice) March 5, 2017