How Creating Comics Helps Me Manage My 'High- Functioning' Anxiety
But anxiety wasn’t temporary.
I worked more so I would never have time to do “nothing.” Because doing nothing means overthinking.
Creating a full comic book in two months in addition to working at my full time job? No problem, I could handle it.
I actually couldn’t. Creating my comic was no longer a pleasure. I burnt out.
Suddenly I couldn’t do anything. I spent days crying in bed without knowing why.
Why couldn’t I just get up? What was the point?
My comic book felt pointless. I felt pointless.
I then I remembered what Jonny from Hope For The Day said.
It’s OK not to be OK.
Asking for help is being strong. So I went to the doctor again. It took me months to get back to drawing. But this became the best way for me to express the things I couldn’t explain and I shared it with the world on my tumblr.
Today, I would like to share a comic I just made about what a day with “high-functioning” mental illness feels like.
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