Pet Peeve: Undervaluing Anxiety

Everyone deals with anxiety at some point in their lives, but some people have it a lot worse than others.

I have always been someone stricken with the more extreme kind of anxiety, especially in regards to social situations. I have always been more than just a shy guy in this regard, and it annoys the crap out of me when people tell me that I am making a big deal out of simple scenarios.

For instance, meeting strangers can be difficult for me. I can take awhile to get used to people, which leads to cases where think I am extremely anti-social in this sense.

Nonetheless, I think it is important for people to show tact for those who get a bit more anxious than the average, “normal” person. I have long accepted that I am not like others when it comes to this kind of stuff.

Heck, it is an everyday battle with some sort of anxiety-based struggle. To undervalue anxiety can be borderline insulting.


4 thoughts on “Pet Peeve: Undervaluing Anxiety

  1. Christina September 28, 2013 / 9:43 am

    I have anxiety, too. I get overwhelmed very easily. I find myself in tears a lot from anxiety attacks. It is not fun.


  2. tarnishedsophia September 29, 2013 / 5:46 am

    That has got to be the cutest serious cartoon I’ve ever read! May have to show it to a friend of mine.

    I’m not anxious myself, but I am very solitary. I love being with my friends, really enjoy going to work, and like to visit my mother/younger sisters every week…but at the end of the day, I need my space. Others always tell me that one day I’ll wake up and hate living alone, but I don’t think this’ll happen. Living alone is my sanctuary!

    I’m sorry for your anxiety, Nhan and Christina. How do you end up dealing with it?


  3. Nina Crowlace October 18, 2013 / 3:04 am

    I’ve been in this situation so many times in the past month. I never thought about it in the way it is in the comic– but it makes me feel a little better. I’m tired of being told that it’s just me.


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