For those that have dealt with, or are dealing with anxiety, it can be difficult to explain to those who haven’t experienced it’s ugliness. Your chest is tight. Your mind is racing. Overthinking is your middle name. You live by Murphy’s Law. Your heart pounds in your ears. You’re drowning in a glass container while everyone around you goes about their daily business.
It is a serious disorder that affects more people than you’d think—an estimated 1 in 4 Canadians will have at least one anxiety disorder in their lifetime. AND it is the most common mental illness amongst adults in Canada. So anxiety is no joke. But we’re going to make it one (sort of), if only to offer some solace to those who are burdened with it, or to give those who aren’t a lighthearted glimpse into life living with anxiety. Unfortunately, anxiety is one of those things that has a cloudy stigma surrounding it. One of the best ways to eradicate this is to educate. So here are 10 comics starring anxiety that are all-too-real.
[Please note: everyone experiences anxiety differently. Sally might have night terrors and Joe might fear answering the phone. These comics don’t necessarily reflect the experiences of every person who has anxiety as it is deeply personal. But we do hope that in addition to gaining a bit of insight, you also get a giggle or two from them.]
1. The SUPER FUN experience that is the panic attack
2. Sh*t can escalate pretty quickly
3. Our greatest superpower
4. The simplest things can feel like the greatest accomplishments
5. Everyday interactions are subject to heavy scrutiny
6. Avoiding human interaction out of fear of awkwardness
8. Racing heart? Check. Sweating? Check.
9. Attempting to back out of a panic attack