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How It Really Feels To Have Anxiety And Depression, In One Comic

Simple yet accurate.
09/17/2015 07:00am ET

Anxiety and depression are complex mental health disorders than can be difficult to describe -- but this comic totally nails it.

After hearing the personal story of Sarah Flanigan, a young woman who suffers from both anxiety and depression, artist Nick Seluk of The Awkward Yeti depicted her experience through an illustration. The comic, published on Seluk's "Medical Tales Retold" series on Tapastic, is a spot-on representation of the uncertainty and emotions that are byproducts of mental illness.

Flanigan's experience is an all-too-familiar reality for the millions of American adults who experience the mental health disorders. You can't just "calm down" when you have anxiety or "snap out of it" when you're going through depression. However, many people still don't understand how mental illness occurs, leading to feelings of guilt, shame and isolation in those who experience it.

Take a look at Flanigan's story illustrated by Seluk below to find out how it really feels to deal with mental health issues. Summed up? They're pretty terrible.

The Awkward Yeti
The Awkward Yeti
The Awkward Yeti
The Awkward Yeti
The Awkward Yeti
The Awkward Yeti
The Awkward Yeti
The Awkward Yeti
The Awkward Yeti
The Awkward Yeti
The Awkward Yeti
The Awkward Yeti
The Awkward Yeti
The Awkward Yeti
The Awkward Yeti
The Awkward Yeti

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