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
“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
“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
“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
“My BFA thesis was actually a portraiture photo series giving visual representation to my social anxieties.” —joshs4d5c2243e
“My anxiety keeps me trapped and frozen.” —karens4bcf2f5a1
“I️ drew this when I️ tried to articulate the sort of buzzing that happens when I’m anxious. I️t helped. ☺️☺️ ” —marleem4a50eb62d
“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
“I eat when I’m stressed then I’m stressed because I ate. I’ve been stuck in this circle my entire life.” —somers
“I have social anxiety caused by avoidant personality disorder.” —hellemunkhansen
“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
“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
“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