Anxiety & Depression

How does anxiety & depression really feel?

What does it feel like to have anxiety and depression?

To get a better sense of what it’s like to have anxiety and depression, it can be helpful to hear from those who’ve actually experienced this personally.

It’s important to remember that whilst these difficulties are associated with a specific set of symptoms, anxiety and depression can be a very individual experience. There are different types of anxiety and depression, and people experience different combinations of symptoms, have different triggers, and cope in different ways.

Anxiety and depression, as told by sufferer of anxiety or depression.

‘Depression is like going through life like you’re trying to wade through water. Everything is an effort. I just feel so sluggish and slow. And I’ve stopped doing all the things that I used to do - nothing feels good anymore.’

‘Depression to me is like drowning, while everyone else is breathing. It’s also kind of like life in slow motion. The anxiety makes me feel like I'm being shackled and have no power or sense of existence. Depression is like being on the outside of everything.’    

‘It feels like you can’t breathe in a room full of people, because someone might stare at you if you make the tiniest noise. You feel like everyone is always talking about you, even though they usually aren’t. Depression is different for everyone, as is anxiety, but for me depression is the feeling of  falling into a hole and that hole getting bigger and bigger, and I can never scramble out of it. Then a big heavy lid gets slammed shut on me inside the hole.

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