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No, Anxiety Isn't Just "Feeling A Bit Nervous" — These 17 Tumblr Posts Explain It Perfectly

"Anxiety is like that moment that your chair almost tips over, but it never stops."

1. When you're absolutely sure bad news is about to arrive:

biggest-gaudiest-patronuses / Tumblr / Via qveenbpd.tumblr.com

2. When you're sure somebody's gonna yell at you any time now:

avpdkicking / Tumblr / Via tiptoe39.tumblr.com

3. When you second guess even your smallest decisions:

peperomint / Tumblr / Via setheverman.tumblr.com

4. When a negative voice in your head keeps saying mean things about you on repeat:

poetrygian / Tumblr / Via leelajoy716.tumblr.com

5. When you feel like you're falling and it won't stop:

myawfulpersonality / Tumblr / Via bettybonesco.tumblr.com

6. When you feel totally overwhelmed by everything and nothing:

living-for-fiction / Tumblr / Via living-for-fiction.tumblr.com

7. When you're always on edge, no matter what:

reversingyourpolarity / Tumblr / Via plain-flavoured-english.tumblr.com

8. When your brain won't stop going and going and going:

imasmallchild / Tumblr / Via deepshowerthoughts.tumblr.com

9. When things gets so overwhelming that you question your entire existence:

fevra / Tumblr / Via robbersdjh.tumblr.com

10. When even relaxing moments are tinged with anxiety:

julian2006 / Tumblr / Via setheverman.tumblr.com

11. When it feels like two very different facets of yourself are at war:

yroxis / Tumblr / Via shesalwaysinrepair.tumblr.com

12. When you overthink every little thing, all day, all the time:

peacefully-anxious / Tumblr / Via floatingwithobrien.tumblr.com

13. When your anxiety builds up so much that it goes all the way back to calm:

bepeu / Tumblr / Via idkhumor.tumblr.com

14. When your brain doesn't care what time it is, because it's always Time To Worry™:

doktorgirlfriend / Tumblr / Via semi-responsible-stoner.tumblr.com

15. When your brain runs out of actual things to worry about and invents imaginary things to worry about instead:

captainsnoop / Tumblr / Via threefeline.tumblr.com

16. When you're temporarily able to put aside your anxiety to help someone else:

yourspookyginger / Tumblr / Via kateordie.tumblr.com

17. And when you realize your anxiety is a genetic leftover from your ancestors (thanks a lot!):

kylehenkee / Tumblr / Via semianonymity.tumblr.com

By the way: Humor is a great way for a lot of people to cope with their anxiety, but if you found a lot of things in this post a little too relatable, you might want to look into ways to take care of yourself. So, here are some quick resources, just in case:

* You can learn more about starting therapy here, since pretty much everyone can benefit from talking to a professional.
* You can learn more about anxiety disorders here
* And if you need to talk to someone immediately, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and the Crisis Text Line can be reached by texting HOME to 741741. Suicide helplines outside the US can be found here.

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