Mental illness is a part of life that many of us still don’t understand or know how to talk about. And even though anxiety disorders remain the most common form of mental illness in the country, the stigma society has created continues to make it difficult for those affected by them to ask for help and open up about their daily struggles.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 40 million Americans aged 18 or older suffer from anxiety.
And approximately half of people diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with some form of anxiety, like OCD, PTSD, phobias, and Panic Disorder.
It’s pretty hard to imagine with numbers like that, as a society, we still aren’t able to fully come together and offer unrelenting support to those who face unimaginable hurdles each and every day — ones that are often not physically visible.
Callie Amelia Theodore is one of those people who lives with anxiety, and a few weeks ago, she took to Facebook to demonstrate to others the difficulties that come with her disorder.
She also showed how sometimes the simplest actions can make a world of difference, especially when it comes to relationships.
She started off her post with a quote from Thought Catalogue:
“Someone with anxiety is inclined to assume everyone is going to leave. The truth is they battle something they can’t control and there is a sense of insecurity within themselves when it comes to relationships.”
“They know it’s difficult and they don’t want to burden you with their irrational thoughts and worries. So instead, they try to push you away before you get the chance to leave yourself.”