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When Anxiety and Depression Spin Into a Tornado Inside Your Head

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Anxiety and depression can be a toxic mix. It’s like hot and cool air meeting and spinning into a tornado inside your head. Someone who doesn’t have anxiety and depression can’t have the slightest glance into the world inside your head.

Lots of times, I see people who seem so happy and healthy, and I think to myself, I wish I was like that. I hide it well, but inside I’m exhausted. Tired of fighting. Tired of fighting some invisible battle.

When anxiety and depression mix, think about all the people who have been there, too, who have fought this and won. This disease is very scary. Very. But despite what it feels like, know this too shall pass. Keep that in your head. Write it down. Carry it with you. Every time you get anxious or depressed, read your note to yourself.

When anxiety or depression kicks in, you often forget your coping skills. You forget your “calm down” methods. It’s better to write things down so you can put them back in your mind when your mind is a tornado-like mess. Turn on your favorite song. It’s hard to feel bad when you’re listening to your favorite song. Do whatever it takes. Your health is most important.

I know it’s easier said than done sometimes. But keep your head up. I know the battles inside your head get hard sometimes, and you might be tired of fighting. But I truly wish you the best on your road to recovery. Never forget — you’re not alone.

If you or someone you know needs help, visit our prevention resources page.

If you need support right now, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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Originally published: July 22, 2016
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