You are not alone.
Did you know that anxiety is one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States? According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 40 million people 18 and older are affected every year, which is roughly 18.1% of the population, but only around 37% of people who suffer from anxiety seek treatment.
So what is anxiety?
According to Healthline, anxiety is a response your body does naturally when you are stressed. Anxiety can come with being scared or apprehensive. When normal nervousness becomes something more extreme, something that you are feeling constantly, then you may have something you need to discuss with your doctor.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help because there are people out there who specifically are trained to help you. There is nothing you should be embarrassed about.
Yes, it is very hard sometimes to cope with your anxiety. Some days you just want to stay in bed and hide or have a meltdown. It can be really hard to do everyday things.
I know from experience that it is not easy to have anxiety, but it’s something controllable and there are options to help decrease or anxiety. When you have an anxiety attack, you may not even realize what’s going on, but it’s not something you are solely experiencing.
Everyone suffers from anxiety at some point in their lives, but it’s important to not let it stop you from doing things you want to do.
It’s important to work through your anxiety, I know, easier said than done, but you have to work through it so that you can get where you want to go in life. Seeking some treatment and therapy will help you calm down while you face some scary situations.
What are the symptoms of anxiety?
There are many symptoms of anxiety, where everyone can experience different feelings. According to Healthline, some of the most common symptoms of anxiety are increased heart rate, restlessness, trouble concentrating, rapid breathing, and difficulty falling asleep. Your symptoms can be completely different than someone else’s and can be very scary when you feel these symptoms. It almost feels like you feel anxiety about having anxiety.
Here are some celebrity quotes about anxiety and recognizing and dealing with depression and other mental health issues that show that even famous celebrities go through the same thing you do. No one is immune.
1. What is this feeling?
“When I started school, the light went out. It was never known what it was, a kind of social anxiety.” —Jennifer Lawrence
2. Love yourself.
“I used to beat myself up about it. There were a couple of times after I released Delirium when I was doing a promo and thought, ‘Oh, god, it’s coming back, it’s coming back,’ but it didn’t. I think my body has become quite good at controlling anxiety.” —Ellie Goulding
3. A terrifying feeling.
“Every breath is labored. You are dying. You’re going to die. It’s terrifying. And then when the attack is over, the depression is still there.” —Sarah Silverman
4. When you don’t know what to do.
“Fear has been something I’ve lived with my entire life, the fear of being in public places, which led to anxiety or panic attacks. I stayed in my house and literally cried every day.” —Kim Basinger
5. Fire, fire, fire.
“The first time I had a panic attack… I thought the house was burning down.” —Emma Stone
6. When you finally know, you know how it feels.
“I knew people who had suffered from anxiety and found it kind of hard to understand, but then when it hits you, you’re like, ‘oh my God, what is this?'” —Shawn Mendes
7. Anxiety even affects royals.
“Mental health is a sensitive subject amongst a lot of people, but it doesn’t need to be. We need to talk about it more, get rid of the stigma.” —Prince Harry
8. Anxiety is not a disease.
“A mental illness is a thing that people cast in a different category [from other illness], but I don’t think it is. It should be taken as seriously as anything else. You don’t see the mental illness. It’s not a mass. It’s not a cyst. But it’s there.” —Amanda Seyfried
9. There is nothing shameful about having anxiety.
“Our society tends to shame or ignore those with mental illness, and I want to change that.” —Demi Lovato
10. Anxiety doesn’t spawn from your career choices.
“Mental health isn’t just an athlete thing. What you do for a living doesn’t have to define who you are. This is an everyone thing.” —Kevin Love
11. Your anxiety can make you sick.
“Between ages 15 and 20, it was really intense. I was constantly anxious. I was kind of a control freak. If I didn’t know how something was going to turn out, I would make myself ill, or just be locked up or inhibited in a way that was really debilitating.” —Kristin Stewart
12. When you are no longer yourself.
“Sometimes, I panic to the point where I don’t know what I’m thinking or doing. I have a full anxiety attack.” —Dakota Johnson
13. Don’t lose your strength.
“It has been said that our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but only empties today of its strength.” —Charles Spurgeon
14. You will survive.
“Some of your grief you have cured, and lived to survive; but what torment of pain have you endured that haven’t as yet arrived.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
15. Anxiety about having anxiety, a double whammy.
“I have anxiety about anxiety, then I worry the anxiety will ruin my life. It’s a snake-eats-tail loop. But in opening up to others, I found a lot of people have felt the same way.” —Rachel Bloom