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

Jul 30, 2015 at 1:00 a.m. ET

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

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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

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

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7. When a paper bag is your best accessory

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8. When your mind won't let you sleep

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

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10. When a brave face masks everything

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11. When you actually have a good day

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

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13. When it all gets too much

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

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15. When you realise how brave you are

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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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