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15 GIFs that show what growing up with anxiety is really like

When she's not writing, Claire Gillespie can most often be found wiping snotty noses, picking up Lego, taking photos of her cat or doing headstands.

Anxiety manifests itself in different ways, but anyone who has experiences it can relate to these GIFs

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Anxiety is one of the most common mental health issues in the U.K. but it remains under-diagnosed and under-treated. Each of these GIFs has been shared online by someone who suffers from some form of anxiety.

1. When you see the bad in everything

Anxiety manifests itself in different ways, but anyone who has experiences it can relate to these GIFs

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2. When talking to someone you like makes you want to crawl into a hole

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3. When even the simplest things are mammoth tasks

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4. When you just can't think straight

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5. When planning ahead is impossible

Anxiety manifests itself in different ways, but anyone who has experiences it can relate to these GIFs

GIF credit: Social Anxiety Gifs/Tumblr

6. When someone tells you, "Stop being so nervous"

Anxiety manifests itself in different ways, but anyone who has experiences it can relate to these GIFs

GIF credit: Social Anxiety Gifs/Tumblr

7. When a paper bag is your best accessory

Anxiety manifests itself in different ways, but anyone who has experiences it can relate to these GIFs

GIF credit: EmotionGIFs.com

8. When your mind won't let you sleep

Anxiety manifests itself in different ways, but anyone who has experiences it can relate to these GIFs

GIF credit: Anxiety Problems/Tumblr

9. When you've really had enough of people asking what's wrong with you

Anxiety manifests itself in different ways, but anyone who has experiences it can relate to these GIFs

GIF credit: Anxiety Problems/Tumblr

10. When a brave face masks everything

Anxiety manifests itself in different ways, but anyone who has experiences it can relate to these GIFs

GIF credit: Anxiety Problems/Tumblr

11. When you actually have a good day

Anxiety manifests itself in different ways, but anyone who has experiences it can relate to these GIFs

GIF credit: Anxiety Problems/Tumblr

12. When someone says they don't believe in mental health issues

Anxiety manifests itself in different ways, but anyone who has experiences it can relate to these GIFs

GIF credit: Anxiety Problems/Tumblr

13. When it all gets too much

Anxiety manifests itself in different ways, but anyone who has experiences it can relate to these GIFs

GIF credit: Anxiety Problems/Tumblr

14. When you really, really want to do something — but you're still terrified

Anxiety manifests itself in different ways, but anyone who has experiences it can relate to these GIFs

GIF credit: Anxiety Problems/Tumblr

15. When you realise how brave you are

Anxiety manifests itself in different ways, but anyone who has experiences it can relate to these GIFs

GIF credit: Anxiety Problems/Tumblr

If you're struggling to cope with anxiety make an appointment with your GP. Visit Mind for advice, support and information on anxiety and other mental health issues.

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