Anxiety disorders are nothing new, but thanks to social media, they’re being talked about openly more and more. For those suffering from this miserable condition, knowing they aren’t alone is pretty much priceless. Being able to laugh about it a little bit? Even better.
Because even though anxiety can be a complete nightmare, there are some funny moments, and sharing them with others going through the same thing can be healing. Thanks to the hilarious (and anxious) people of Twitter, there’s no shortage of material.
1. Someone’s sitting on a goldmine.
They should make an app for people with anxiety or depression that will have extroverts make phone calls and appointments for them.
— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) February 24, 2016
There’s literally millions to be made here. A monthly subscription, perhaps? Because talking on the phone with strangers is an actual nightmare for those with anxiety.
I'm proud to announce that my anxiety has had babies!
— liVsy (@liv_thatsme) December 5, 2016
One big worry spawns several medium worries which go on to have a bunch of tiny worries and now you have your own little family of worries. And it fucking sucks.
3. Fine, let’s do all of elementary school.
Me: It's gonna be a good day.
Anxiety: It's like you don't even care about what happened in third grade anymore.
— Salty Mermaid (@Jenn_H_Scott) March 31, 2017
Anxious thoughts pop up at the most inopportune times and refuse to go away. It’s especially fun when it’s about something you can’t ever change.
4. It’s a different kind of battle.
My grandfather fought in 2 wars & I just had to audibly practice what I was gonna say to the lady at the drive thru bc of my social anxiety.
— Jordan (@jordan_stratton) March 16, 2015
Once again, talking to strangers is a tall order for someone with anxiety. Can we do drive-thru touch screens? Another million-dollar plan.
5. Ugh go away.
me: gonna get so much done today
anxiety: hey girl
— Valerie (@ValeeGrrl) March 29, 2017
Nothing kills productivity like obsessive thoughts about complete nonsense. The laundry will have to wait — we have to panic about shit that happened ages ago that we can’t ever change!
6. OMG, please back off.
Grocery shopping with anxiety dilemma: Panicking because people are next to you waiting. I JUST NEED TIME TO DELIBERATE BETWEEN MEATS. DAMN!
— Mommy Cusses (@mommy_cusses) January 9, 2017
Guess I’m not the only one who usually brings home several wrong items from the grocery store because I was gripped with panic that I was in someone’s way and made hasty choices. #solidarity
7. Oh, so, always?
Oh, look at the time. It's anxiety o'clock.
— Michael, still here (@Home_Halfway) December 4, 2012
It’s literally always there. Lucky us.
I get anxiety when I hear abt someone else's anxiety & I don't have that type of anxiety cuz I think there's something wrong with my anxiety
— Markydoodoo (@markydoodoo) December 2, 2016
Everyone’s experience with anxiety is different so naturally, you get to have anxiety about your anxiety. How nice.
9. Shut. Up.
ME: what could possibly go wrong?
ANXIETY: *raises hand* ooh! I know this one!
— Lurkin' Mom (@LurkAtHomeMom) April 12, 2016
It’s always when you think things are going well that anxiety creeps in to remind you that in fact, there’s plenty to worry about. Thanks, pal.
10. Fake it ’til you make it.
I say "no worries" a lot for a guy with crippling anxiety.
— The Glad Stork (@TheGladStork) January 14, 2016
Lies. There are so many worries.
[watching our kid play at the park]
ME: awww, he got your anxiety with strangers
HIM: and look, your irrational fear of birds!
— spacegirl incognito (@iamspacegirl) March 19, 2016
Nothing like the fear of passing your anxiety disorder on to your kids. So you can be anxious about that too. Sigh.
12. Like magic.
when you tell ppl you have anxiety and can't do something & they tell u to just be positive and not think about it pic.twitter.com/izpb6d0kHT
— no (@tbhjuststop) April 4, 2017
Simply put, never say this, non-anxiety sufferers.
13. Too many different blues.
No thanks, adult coloring book intended to be "calming." You underestimate my ability to become anxious over every decision including colors
— Tragic Ally (@TragicAllyHere) September 6, 2016
There’s nothing calm about choosing between three dozen colors because what if you pick the wrong color and then that sheet is ruined and you might as well throw it away and start all over NOTHING ABOUT THIS IS RELAXING.