ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Anxiety and Depression - A List of Metaphors

Updated on June 1, 2016

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 18% of the adult population suffers from an anxiety disorder. Still, as a sufferer of anxiety and depression, one of the hardest things can be understanding, accepting and explaining what you're going through. One of the many fun aspects of anxiety: overthinking the legitimacy of your own anxiety!

As someone who has been through - and known others who have been through - some of this candy coated mess of anxiety and depression, I have come to understand and explain it using metaphors to more common experiences. Go ahead, find out if your experience is similar to mine or if you find that one way to help your loved one finally understand you!

On the helplessness of feeling like you can't keep up, but no one understand

It's like having a broken leg that no one can see. You're expected to walk, just as everyone else is walking. What no one can tell though, is that walking, for you, is tremendous pain. Because you should have no reason to walk slower than others, you feel as if you lack the ability to be faster. Soon, you find that people around you are growing and starting to walk faster, then jog, then run and finally sprint. You're still pulling the weight of your broken leg, pushing through the pain with a struggling smile on your face. You are now all alone and everyone else is miles away. You push through the pain but you can't go much faster, so even though you're putting in all - and more - of yourself, you're slower than others. Your struggling smile is now a defeated straight face at best, your effort seems worthless and you convince yourself you don't have the ability to run like others do and even trying to walk begins to look pointless.

On the way things change on good vs. bad days

You have 5 things on your to-do list.

A good day. You wake up, its a bright, sunny morning and you're motivated to finish your little tasks and enjoy the rest of your long day ahead. Your tasks are minor bumps in your path that you can get past by simply stepping over - or at worst jumping over. You then meet a smooth path where you expect to find happiness and joy in your favorite activities.

A bad day. You wake up and you're surrounded by mountains you could never climb. It's dark, it's ominous and you're not ready to get out of bed to face this terrifying day. You try to focus your muddled mind on one mountain, a small part maybe, figure out how to climb it. Before you can, another mountain moves into your focus and you know you can't climb both all in this one short day. Even if you did, you'd have three more left, so you're crippled by the belief that there is no way you would succeed. You're tied up with chains created by indecision, anxiety, shame and hopelessness.

On deciding to take that much deserved break

One of the hardest things to do is to know when you've reached your limit and need to stop and attend to your mental health.

Look at it like this.

You're running a race with a broken leg (yes, back to that again, shh) and you are wondering whether you should or should not go on. Imagine if you did complete it? The glory you would find, the pride of having struggled and fought through your hardest time. But imagine, on the other hand, that once you finish, your leg would be so damaged you could never run - or walk - again? You would probably find that stopping, taking some time off to heal and building back your strength leaves you with a much longer life of success and happiness. While continuing through your pain is brave and maybe even heroic, losing your future for it is not worth it.



The last thing that this broken leg has in common with anxiety and depression is that it heals (yeah, tell me that on a bad day). As hard as it is to believe and as painful as it seems sometimes, I truly believe that once we get through this, we can be stronger and find that we have learnt a lot from our negative experience.

Fellow sufferers, hang on, use your cast and limp your way through. The good days are coming.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • your thought profile imageAUTHOR

      Avantika Gupta 

      2 years ago from Delhi, India

      I'm glad you found it relatable!

      Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate it.

    • denise.w.anderson profile image

      Denise W Anderson 

      2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I can relate! I often feel that I am unfulfilled, that I have untapped potential. And yet, when I get brave and try to move forward with things that I would like to do, I end up becoming physically ill due to the mental exhaustion. Then I back off and allow myself to heal, and find myself feeling unfulfilled again. It is a never ending battle, much like you have said here.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)