Image: Pranita Kocharekar #acknowledgeanxiety

Monday Mood News: Anxiety, Illustrated

July 11, 2016

Those of us who suffer from anxiety also endure the feeling that no one understands what it’s like to live with the condition. As you can imagine, this leads to more anxiety, and the results can set off a never-ending rollercoaster ride of over-sympathizing, unending stress, panic attacks, hyper-awareness, and so many other items. Although those of us who suffer from this disorder would wish our condition on no one, it’s also encouraging to discover that others can relate. It’s what makes the drawings of Pranita Kocharekar so important.

According to a recent article in The Huffington Post, the artist started illustrating her anxiety symptoms as a means of connecting with others. “I knew that stating these facts alone will not be enough to spread awareness of the illness,” says Kocharekar in the article. “It’s very easy for a person suffering through anxiety to worry about having anxiety. I hope that my illustrations will ease them a little.”

The article highlights a few of the illustrations in her Acknowledge Anxiety project, an initiative that uses the drawings to spark conversation around anxiety and to encourage those who grapple with the symptoms to seek help. We encourage you to check out the drawings for yourself, and to pass it on to someone who may also be suffering with the same issues. Also, we encourage everyone to take Kocharekar’s advice and to seek professional advice and counsel if you think you have this disorder. There’s no need to self-diagnose, and there is no shame in asking for help.