When I saw this making the rounds on the book of face recently I was amazed. For so much of my life mental struggles such as anxiety and depression were not mentioned, much less proudly boasted to everyone you know. Nobody used the term panic attack, and these horrible, hateful episodes were certainly not something people recognized or understood.
Times have changed.
Now we can say it. Show it. Talk about it.
Our reason is simple. Dealing with struggles like these on your own makes it so much harder. Anxiety and depression (or any mental struggle for that matter) are a tough road on their own. Panic attacks single you out, make you hyper aware of your own body. Add the burden of feeling alone, isolated and without a soul to confide in and things get that much worse. It makes the struggle so much harder.
People are not going to get better if you treat them like this.
Sometimes our modern world can be pretty disappointing, but luckily this isn’t one of those times. At least we’re not pretending mental struggles don’t exist. Posts like this one show everyone (healthy and struggling) that this problem is out there. It’s real for many people even if it isn’t for you.
And just knowing that someone understands. Someone has been there and survived, gives those who still struggle hope. Or at least the reassurance that they are not alone. That would have made all the difference in the world to me back then.