Comic Strip Shows Why Anxiety & Depression Are So Difficult To Fight


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Depression and anxiety disorders are different, but people with depression often experience symptoms similar to those of an anxiety disorder, such as nervousness, irritability, and problems sleeping and concentrating. But each disorder has its own causes and its own emotional and behavioral symptoms.

To try and explain the disorders in their own very personal way, artist Nick Seluk (author of the Awkward Yeti) partnered with Sarah Flanigan to create a comic strip which shows how dealing with these disorders is a daily struggle.

“As someone who’s experienced and has been around anxiety and depression, it was easy to illustrate in a way that complemented the storyteller,” Seluk said. “Sometimes those who haven’t experienced the extremes don’t understand what it’s like, almost to the point of resenting it.”

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  1. Not really. They are a part of you and you have to love them as much as you love being happy. It may sound ridiculous on first sight, but accepting the negative feelings (and the reality) the way they are, is the first step towards feeling better. I am writing this, because for the past 4 months my situation in life is the same. But running away from what you are is not going to help. It just prolongs the pain, not even talking about the bonus negativity you get from interaction with other people while these things are in effect.

    When they come back, I would welcome them, and tell them they can stay for as long as they like. And things change.

    1. Well, I don’t known what your experience about this is but I’ll give you mine and my feeling about this. I feel what you just said is true, for normal cases of depression and anxiety (when you feel down after sad stuff or anxious because of stressful situations). But there are cases, named Major Depressive Episodes and Generalized Anxiety Disorders, that are nothing like this. Those are nothing usual. They are not what you are, they are diseases. And I can testify they are not easy-going diseases. Saying those 2 are just who you are and define you and that you shouldn’t avoid them is like saying cancer or aids are also part of you and that you should deal with them. No they’re not. They’re diseases that should be fought away. As someone that lived for 20 years with anxiety disorders and finally overcame it recently with a lot of help; trust me, it’s NOTHING like just some personality traits.

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