Twitter trend shows what depression and anxiety really look like

May 22, 2016 at 11:49 p.m. ET
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"Just snap out of it." "You're just being lazy." "I was sad a couple of weeks ago and got over it. Why can't you?"

Those are just a (very) few of the comments people with depression and anxiety get on a regular basis. I've heard them myself more than once — especially a few years ago, when I had a depressive episode that made it difficult to get out of bed.

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The experiences of people who suffer from "invisible" mental illnesses are real and deserve to be recognized without having others question them. Would you tell someone with cancer just to "get over it"?

Probably not.

That's why trending Twitter hashtags like #mydepressionlookslike and #myanxietylookslike are so important. The tweets are from people of all races, ages and genders and are extremely eye-opening.

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And so many of them are relatable.

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Hopefully, trends like this will — little by little — erase the stigma that so many with mental illness face on a daily basis.

As for me, #mydepressionlookslike someone who is 6 feet tall with blue eyes and curly brown hair who loves to write but doesn't always love to talk. It also looks like someone who finally found the treatment that works for her — a treatment that "rounds out the edges" of my life and gives me many, many more good days than bad.

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