Most people understand the concept of depression and anxiety but when being confronted with a person who actually suffers from these diseases it is very difficult to comprehend what's actually going on because it doesn't necessarily manifest itself. To make sure you stay in the 'safe zone' I made a list for you of three things you definitely don't want to ask a depressed, anxious or even burned out person.
What do you do all day?
Everything we try to do is simply get through our day. Whether it be crying in the couch, binging on series or obsessively cleaning. We'll do anything to hijack our brain from those recurring negative thoughts.
What do you want to do?
A big part of being depressed and anxious is lacking energy, motivation and concentration. You have to understand that our confidence and appetite for life is below zero and everything we once wanted to do seems completely pointless. Our mind is emotionally drained and so is our body. On top of that there is also that big fear of judgement from the outside world: 'You're not doing anything so you are therefore useless'.
Are you really sick? You seem fine.
We are fine because we enjoy your company, because we are in fact happy in that moment to spend time with you. The demons come out when we are back home, alone and lost.
How to Beat Anxiety in 30 seconds
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