Having an anxiety attack is one of the scariest and traumatizing moments for many people across the world. For those who don’t suffer from anxiety, trying to explain what it truly feels like during an anxiety attack is pretty hard. For one, we can’t control anything–not our breathing, not our thoughts, not our bodies. It’s hard to describe exactly what it truly feels like to be in the midst of an anxiety attack because we sometimes go completely blank. But, when you feel it–goddamn do you feel it. For those who do suffer from anxiety and panic attacks, it’s even harder to open up about the issues we face. One woman on Facebook is opening up about her own anxiety struggles by sharing very harrowing and raw photos online–and, many people are appreciative of it entirely.
Amber Smith of Rugby, England went pretty viral last year when she decided to share a “before and after” photo on her Facebook page. Today, transformation photos are a regular occurance–as we see weight loss transformations go viral on social media, even “glo-ups.” But, Smith decided to share a before and after photo of who she is pre-anxiety and what she looks like during an anxiety attack. The photos are eye-opening and deep.
Along with the photos, she shared a deep, meaningful, and honest caption saying:
God knows why I’m doing this, but people need some home truths..
Top picture: What I showcase to the world via social media. Dressed up, make up done, filters galore. The ‘normal’ side to me.
Bottom picture: Taken tonight shortly after suffering from a panic attack because of my anxiety. Also the ‘normal’ side to me that most people don’t see.
I’m so sick of the fact that it’s 2016 and there is still so much stigma around mental health. It disgusts me that so many people are so uneducated and judgemental over the topic. They say that 1 in 3 people will suffer with a mental illness at some point in their life. 1 in 3! Do you know how many people that equates to worldwide?! And yet I’ve been battling with anxiety and depression for years and years and there’s still people that make comments like ‘you’ll get over it’, ‘you don’t need tablets, just be happier’, ‘you’re too young to suffer with that’
FUCK YOU. Fuck all of you small minded people that think that because I physically look ‘fine’ that I’m not battling a monster inside my head every single day.
Someone actually said this to me one day ‘aren’t you too young to be suffering with anxiety and depression? What do you actually have to be depressed about at your age?’ Wow, just wow.
I’m a strong person, I’ve been through my fair share of crap in life (the same as anyone else) and I will be okay. I have the best family and friends around me and I am thankful everyday that they have the patience to help and support me.
To anyone who is going through the same, please do not suffer in silence. There is so much support around – Don’t be scared to ask for help.
This is why I can’t stress enough that it costs nothing to be nice to others. Don’t bully others, don’t put others down and the hardest one of them all (as we have all done it at some point) don’t judge another person. We’re all human regardless of age, race, religion, wealth, job. So build one another up instead of breaking each other down.
Peace & love guys ☮❤️
EDIT: Please don’t be afraid to share this, there needs to be more awareness. The more awareness there is, the less people who will suffer in silence. ?
After sharing the photos, people have been sharing and reaching out to Smith–thanking her and sharing their own stories.