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What Depression And Anxiety Does (And Doesn't) Feel Like

It feels differently for each person. If you need to talk to someone, call 1-800-273-TALK.

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It does feel like there's a "the fourth wall" when having a conversation.

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It doesn't feel like something you can "snap out of."

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It does give you athazagoraphobia.

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It doesn't feel like "you're really bummed out" or "just sad".

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This is your brain without a mental illness (sometimes).

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This is your brain with anxiety (all of the time). But...

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But you're emotionally paralyzed.

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It does feel like your body is a flesh-covered cavity, housing your demons.

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It does make your loved ones resent you at times.

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It doesn't (necessarily) look like a person sad in the rain like all the depression ads would have you believe.

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It does feel like you're giving a performance of a lifetime.

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It does feel like drowning.

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It does feel like melting and burning and a lot like decomposing.

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"You should find Jesus. Or a good yoga studio."

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It does make you silently scream this:

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....and play this game....

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....and this becomes a hobby.....

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....and you get really good at this.

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It does make you relate to Felicity Huffman.

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And Britney Spears.

It does have its good days.

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And modern medicine is awesome.

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And good friends can make all the difference.

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But it doesn't go away. It can't go away.

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It does hide.

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So you hide.

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And live in fear of how bad it can get.

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It doesn't have to win.

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If you need to talk to someone, call 1-800-273-TALK.

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