This Woman Took Before And After Photos To Show Just How Real Anxiety Attacks Are

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Mental health is a serious issue and anxiety is a common ailment that many suffer from. From mild anxiety issues, to full blown panic attacks, millions of people around the globe deal with them on a daily basis.

Amber Smith is one of those sufferers and she decided to take before and after photos which prove very revealing. She took the before photos prior to an anxiety attack, and the after photos were during the attack. This puts a physical image to a condition which often doesn’t show physical symptoms.

Here she explains each photo:

Top picture: What I showcase to the world via social media. Dressed up, make up done, filters galore. The ‘normal’ side to me.

Bottom picture: Taken tonight shortly after suffering from a panic attack because of my anxiety. Also the ‘normal’ side to me that most people don’t see.

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Here’s what the rest of her description on the post reads:

I’m so sick of the fact that it’s 2016 and there is still so much stigma around mental health. It disgusts me that so many people are so uneducated and judgemental over the topic. They say that 1 in 3 people will suffer with a mental illness at some point in their life. 1 in 3! Do you know how many people that equates to worldwide?! And yet I’ve been battling with anxiety and depression for years and years and there’s still people that make comments like ‘you’ll get over it’, ‘you don’t need tablets, just be happier’, ‘you’re too young to suffer with that’

FUCK YOU. Fuck all of you small minded people that think that because I physically look ‘fine’ that I’m not battling a monster inside my head every single day.

Someone actually said this to me one day ‘aren’t you too young to be suffering with anxiety and depression? What do you actually have to be depressed about at your age?’ Wow, just wow.

I’m a strong person, I’ve been through my fair share of crap in life (the same as anyone else) and I will be okay. I have the best family and friends around me and I am thankful everyday that they have the patience to help and support me.

To anyone who is going through the same, please do not suffer in silence. There is so much support around – Don’t be scared to ask for help.

This is why I can’t stress enough that it costs nothing to be nice to others. Don’t bully others, don’t put others down and the hardest one of them all (as we have all done it at some point) don’t judge another person. We’re all human regardless of age, race, religion, wealth, job. So build one another up instead of breaking each other down.
Peace & love guys ☮❤

Since she made this post, it has been shared over 11,000 times with many comments of support like the following:

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Kudos to you Amber. Panic attacks are a very tough ordeal to go through and it is often hard for someone to understand just how ‘real’ they are if they themselves have never experienced one.

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