Woman’s Shocking Before-and-After Pictures Reveal The Truth About Panic Attacks
Last week, Amber Smith from Warwickshire, England, revealed something about herself that many of her Facebook friends didn’t know: She suffers from crippling panic attacks. Smith shared her story by posting two completely different pictures of herself and the powerful imagery has been shared over 7,500 times.
“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.”
Smith’s full post:
God knows why I’m doing this, but people need some home truths..
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.
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 judgmental 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’
F*** YOU. F*** 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
Smith’s before-and-after photos perfectly symbolize how panic attacks feel, because they often come on without any warning. People suffering from attacks can experience shortness of breath, heart palpitations, trembling, hot and cold flashes or myriad other debilitating symptoms. According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, over four million Americans suffer from panic attacks, and although they are emotionally debilitating, they can be overcome through cognitive/behavioral therapy. According to Thomas A. Richards, Ph. D, “Today, panic attacks and agoraphobia can be treated successfully with a motivated client and a knowledgeable therapist.”
Update: This article originally appeared on April 14, 2016.
3 Mental Health Experts Dissect Facebook's Tech-Heavy Plan To Prevent Suicides They're generally supportive, but concerns remain.
This Genetic Testing Tool Could Help Doctors Break The Chain During Superbug Outbreaks Medical sleuths on the trail of drug-resistant bacteria could have a powerful new tool at their disposal.
A Stroke Can Steal Away A Person’s Ability To Move Freely. Virtual Reality Might Help Bring It Back. How do you get to a physical therapy appointment when your limbs are paralyzed? Bring the physical therapy to you.
Emotional Granularity Can Help Reduce Stress Levels We often mislabel our negative emotions as “stress.”
A Promising New Drug Kills Pain Like Morphine—And It’s Not Addictive, Either The compound is a huge step forward in the fight to end America’s dangerous addiction to prescription narcotics.
Spiders Have Super-Hearing Powers — And Scientists Think We Can Steal Them For Ourselves If Spider-Man were scientifically accurate, he’d be able to detect the faintest sounds in any crowd with ease.
New Video Shows How to Find Your Vestigial Organs Your tailbone was once an anchor for … your tail.
As Trump Wages War On Birth Control, Women Are Taking Back The Condom Female-owned condom companies are pitching a sleeker product that’s healthier for women’s bodies. But can our manliest contraceptive method really be feminist? Can we find “girl power” in the manliest contraceptive method of them all?
Wentworth Miller Uses A Fat-Shaming Meme To Share An Empowering Message About Depression He’s suffered from depression all of his life