They really appreciate you being there — but also want you to go away sometimes.
First off, it’s a real illness and not just run-of-the-mill stress.
“My anxiety is an everyday part of my life that affects the things I do, and telling me that it's just stress makes me so irritated.” —ashleyb4e3075338
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It’s not a choice or something we can control.
“It does whatever it wants, whenever it wants. No, I'm not lazy. No, I'm not procrastinating. I'm trying to gather as much strength as I can muster so I can call the dentist because, for some reason, the universe decided to make phone calls and public speaking my kryptonite.” —kayleec47d485965