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What It’s Like to Live With Both Anxiety and Depression

“Some days are tolerable. Other days I can’t function. Both of them are always there.”

“During the day, I’m completely exhausted and can’t seem to get anything done, and then I lie awake all night worrying about all the things I didn’t do.”

“Breathing through a coffee stirrer. A daily battle against yourself…a desire to live yet at the same time a desire to stop.”

“It’s like having two devils on your shoulders. One tells you that you don’t care or feel anything. the other tells you to overthink and worry about absolutely everything.”

“Not only am I fighting with mental illness, but my mental illnesses are fighting with each other.”

“I find that everyday life with depression is a day I fight. If I don’t fight it will overtake me. I’m not allowing this to take my dreams away from me.”

If you or someone you know needs support, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HELLO to 741-741.

Originally published: May 19, 2017
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