Buzz·Posted on Jul 1, 201519 Misconceptions People With Anxiety Want To Set StraightBecause "taking a deep breath" doesn't fix all.by Anna KopskyBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the most annoying misconceptions people have about anxiety. Here are their responses to set the record straight. 1. First of all, anxiety's a real condition — not just a buzzword. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Walt Disney Pictures / Via aethelwin.tumblr.com "I hear people throw the term around all the time. When someone's nervous and has butterflies, that's not the same thing as having a panic attack."Submitted by Samer Hosn, Facebook 2. And there doesn't always have to be a tangible reason behind feeling anxious. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF MTV / Via yourreactiongifs.tumblr.com "Most of the time, I don't even know why I get so anxious, and people always say, 'There's nothing to be nervous about!' It drives me nuts."Submitted by Bailey Karr, Facebook 3. Sometimes, it hits out of absolutely nowhere. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Nickelodeon / Via orneiia.tumblr.com "There's not always something tangible that triggers it. It's a rabbit hole of dark thoughts that pop into your head, when it seems like you're perfectly fine on the outside."Submitted by gabrielleelised 4. Having anxiety affects people both mentally and physically. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF NBC / Via only-in-grey.tumblr.com "When I'm anxious I get physically sick, with nausea and shaking and headaches, and even when I finally am able to relax, my body still has to recover."Submitted by emilys139 5. There are actually many different kinds of anxiety. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Universal Pictures "Anxiety disorders exist on scale! There are anxious people who get stressed easily, and there are people with more severe. And some people experience both."Submitted by Stephannie Tornow, Facebook 6. And having it isn't a quirk. If someone tells you they are anxious, take them seriously! Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF BBC / Via letslaughwhilethemusicplays.tumblr.com "Anxieties appear in different ways, but all can interfere with lives."Submitted by trauscher17 7. Anxiousness isn't something that can just simply be controlled, and it's not just a phase. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF HBO "It's like a hydra: You cut off a head, three more grow in its place. You learn to live with it, but it's always there."Submitted by Mylene Saumure, Facebook 8. Telling us to calm down actually makes things worse. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF The CW "Feeling anxious is the last thing we want, and telling us to calm down will probably get us closer to an anxiety attack."Submitted by aubreyl3 9. Suggesting that we meditate isn't very helpful advice. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF BBC "Deep breathing and 'mindfulness exercises' might be helpful in certain situations, but it doesn't help the overall pressure of anxiety."Submitted by monied 10. And medication isn't an instant fix. If it were, though, that'd be incredible, right? Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Walt Disney Pictures "At the same time, there's a misconception that something is wrong with you if you are on medication. People with anxiety don't need your judgment when they are trying to just do well for themselves!"Submitted by Ashley Breiland, Facebook 11. No, we DO NOT enjoy being anxious. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF FOX / Via allreactions.tumblr.com "There are people who think that I *like* to be anxious. Like, I get a thrill off of it, or something. As if I get satisfaction out of constant self-doubt and cycling thoughts."Submitted by emilyb46f00fc82 12. We are not pretending to have an illness to get attention. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Warner Bros. "Having anxiety sucks. The last thing I want is for all eyes to be on me!"Submitted by nancyBLG 13. In fact, most people prefer to be left alone when having a panic attack. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF MTV "People are always asking me, 'Are you OK? Are you about to have an anxiety attack?' I understand you're trying to comfort me, but sometimes I want to be left alone."Submitted by lindseyh4083ef014 14. We're not trying to come off as rude, angry, or lazy. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Fine Line Features / Via allreactions.tumblr.com "I have social anxiety, and every year my family has a huge reunion. I can't be around that many people for very long, so people think I'm being rude, but that's not the case."Submitted by lilyb43ab5d75a 15. Just because we get anxious about seemingly irrational things, doesn't mean we aren't logical people. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF YouTube / Via your-reaction-gifs.tumblr.com "I know without a doubt that what my anxiety is telling me isn't usually true, but it's not like I can just control it."Submitted by oliviamorgane 16. Living with anxiety can get seriously exhausting. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Walt Disney Pictures "My friends get annoyed because I can only handle a small amount of social activity. Being out and around people and having to talk to people wears me out very, very easily."Submitted by lillyc4b0103c05 17. Just because we don't act like we're on edge, doesn't mean we're not. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Cartoon Network / Via confessionsdunjeuneparisien.tumblr.com "A lot of people think if you're anxious, you have to act like it 24/7! I'm very loud, bubbly, and energetic, but sometimes I will shut down and it all becomes too much."Submitted by heatheryackel 18. However, if you have a friend who's anxious, the best way to help is to be kind, or just listen. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF FX / Via depressingxthings.tumblr.com "You can't just 'get over it' by pushing someone into an uncomfortable situation. Submitted by Jinx16 19. And, most importantly, having anxiety DOES NOT make someone weak. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Adidas NEO Label / Via adidasneolabel.tumblr.com "People with anxiety are so strong, because it takes a toll on you as a person. If you don't live with it, you don't know how much strength it takes to get past a surprise anxiety attack."Submitted by Melissa Ashlaw, Facebook Want to be featured on BuzzFeed? Follow the BuzzFeed Community on Facebook and Twitter!