Anxiety Disorders, As Portrayed By Web ComicsI consciously try to avoid BuzzFeed articles because it’s so damn easy to get lost on their website for hours.

I jump from posts like “Thirty Adorable Cats” to “Celebrities Without Makeup” to “Adorable Cats WITH Makeup” and then BAM — somehow, three hours have passed.

But today, something truly worth my while popped up: a collection of web comics describing the frustration of anxiety disorders.

I’ve seen a lot of these comics before, but it’s nice to see them all compiled into a single post. It’s definitely worth a click to see all 24 visual depictions of anxiety.

I’m pretty sure that I identify with #12 the most. (“Someone is mad. What did I do?”; “Friend won’t answer [the phone]; she hates me.”)

It does a nice job at illustrating the concept of catastrophizing, one type of cognitive bias that leads us to draw the worst/scariest conclusions from fairly neutral input. (Comic #3 illustrates this pretty well, too — read the thought “bubble” above the character’s head. Yeah.)

Other comics on the list discuss the dilemma between mind and body, anxiety’s negative feedback loop, and others’ understanding (or misunderstanding) of anxiety disorders.

Which comic most aptly describes your own experience with anxiety or panic?

Have you ever tried drawing your own anxiety-related comic or artwork?

Art: Sean Clark

 


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Beretsky, S. (2013). Anxiety Disorders, As Portrayed By Web Comics. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 20, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/panic/2013/10/anxiety-disorders-as-portrayed-by-web-comics/

 

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