As I’ve discussed in previous posts, I suffer from several disorders including PTSD, depression, agoraphobia, OCD, stress and anxiety, and I’ve found that the symptoms of all, but especially symptoms of anxiety can be easily misinterpreted by others.
I’ve noticed that some people I encountered over the years had no understanding of just how debilitating these can be, and it’s been easier to ignore the ignorant comments or prejudices, since trying to explain the symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks, etc. just makes us sound like complainers.
Lately, though, I’ve noticed more and more public service ads in both print and media geared toward educating the general public about these conditions and it’s nice to see.
I’m sure the majority of this shift has resulted from the fight military vets have had to go through to get the necessary help and support for their conditions after returning from hostile and traumatic situations.
Although my conditions were undiagnosed, I’ve since realized that I’ve suffered from these conditions to varying degrees throughout my entire life.
There were times when my demeanor was misunderstood by both the people I was with – and especially myself.
In one instance, I was out with a group of friends of a family member, alone in a group of people I didn’t know, and my anxieties took over. My symptoms of anxiety were misinterpreted by the family member to be detachment and sulkiness on my part and I got quite an earful.
Although I’m sure this incident didn’t matter much to others and they wouldn’t even remember it, it had a huge impact on me – and it’s just one of many such instances throughout the years.
I truly can’t fault anyone for their interpretation since I didn’t even know why I was like that.
This infographic is very informative about anxiety and its symptoms, and I do hope everyone looks through it and familiarizes themselves so they are more likely to recognize the symptoms for what they are.