36 People Show Us What Their Anxiety Looks Like

By Syd Robinson

You are not alone.

Warning: Many of these images may be disturbing to the reader.

“I didn’t know how to represent my anxiety visually until I got back into photography.” —s43eda8801

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“I was feeling very anxious and depressed the summer before college. I decided I needed to write it all out, and once I started I couldn’t stop. It helped me realize what was causing me grief and making me unhappy. I keep this journal just in case I reach that low again, but luckily I have not.” —ashlynkb

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“This is a drawing I did as part of an art book based on Dante’s Inferno, where I compared the levels of hell to living life with mental illness.” —haleyt4b45b71ce

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“I have generalized anxiety disorder and cross stitching helps shut everything up for a bit. This is my relief until I finish a project.” —allanchristina89

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“My BFA thesis was actually a portraiture photo series giving visual representation to my social anxieties.” —joshs4d5c2243e

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“My anxiety keeps me trapped and frozen.” —karens4bcf2f5a1

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“I️ drew this when I️ tried to articulate the sort of buzzing that happens when I’m anxious. I️t helped. ☺️☺️ ” —marleem4a50eb62d

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“My anxiety makes it feel like I’m just one small light being surround by darkness that is pressing on me and trapping me.” —secludedanxiety

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“I eat when I’m stressed then I’m stressed because I ate. I’ve been stuck in this circle my entire life.” —somers

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“I have social anxiety caused by avoidant personality disorder.” —hellemunkhansen

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“When my anxiety and depression get really bad I dissociate and it makes me feel like I’m not really there, like an out of focus picture.” —jessh4aac34df6

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“When I get anxious I run my hand through my hair, over and over again. The sweet spot I go to is right behind my ear. My hair refuses to grow on the sides thanks to my anxious behavior.” —lisaj56304

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“I started using art to express the things going on in my mind. Putting it down on paper really helped because my anxiety wasn’t being …read more

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