Anxiety is not stress. Anxiety is not some umbrella term you can use to describe how you feel when your favorite character in a book is in an intense battle unless you can somehow feel how fast their heart is beating until you can feel how hot their blood is until you can feel what it’s like to be that character in that situation the weight of the world on your shoulders Anxiety is not finding lighting candles to be the only solution, candles are another problem. Another long paragraph to your list of “Things That Can Easily **** Me” example: “I didn’t leave any matches out, did I? I blew out the candle right? I need to check. Do I smell burning?? PUT THE CAP WHEN IT’S DONE! Will set off my fire alarm? Does my fire alarm work? Where’s my fire alarm??? Where’s somewhere I can put it so it doesn’t hurt me. THIS IS OK THIS IS NORMAL THIS IS RELAXATION.” Anxiety is not stress. Anxiety is horrible flashing images, constant reminders, the most negative form of “what if” imaginable. Anxiety is wasting all your time thinking about an 8 page paper due for class in a week but instead of bringing yourself to writing it you are sobbing on the floor thinking of how bad for your grade this will be. Anxiety is having a crush on a girl and trying out makeup for the first time. Anxiety is having a crush on a guy and wondering if your sense of humor is funny enough. Anxiety is not stress. Anxiety is downloading an app that checks on your health and leaves you wondering how long this has been going on for. Anxiety is wondering how to fix your eating disorder instead of actually fixing it Anxiety is outing yourself to fit in Anxiety is always wearing pants because you’re too afraid of your own scars Anxiety is staying up countless nights crying crying crying you cannot yell your thoughts are no longer your own Anxiety is writing a list of pros and cons to killing yourself Anxiety is lighting a candle so you can slowly burn the list because Anxiety is telling you if someone finds out, you will die. Anxiety is not stress. Anxiety is having making a friend and losing them in less than a year Anxiety is wondering if all this help is helping or do I need to help myself Anxiety is your friends questioning you non-stop are they really questioning you or do you question yourself? Anxiety is memorizing the suicide prevention hotline Anxiety is beating yourself up countless times “How could you forget something as simple as a Birthday?!” Anxiety is “I only have three friends and one hates me, one I’m trying not to lose, and the other I love too much to tell the truth” Anxiety is “It’s only a matter of time before we all die!” Anxiety is “Congratulations! Two of your friends have died this year alone! One ******* hates you! Oh! HAHA! Wait! They all ******* hate you!” Anxiety can turn you from “Wow. I look kinda good today.” to ”DYSPHORIA! DYSPHORIA! DYSPHORIA!” JUST ******* KIDDING! ANXIETY IS STRESS! AND MUCH MUCH MORE!!!!!!!!