Scanning social media feeds, you can see it's become fashionable to have a mental illness. There are quizzes to determine how OCD you might be. A friend might make a casual remark to another about how “bipolar” they can be in relationships and said friend is expected to respond I know right! Especially around that time of the month. Wink, wink.
There’s something people don’t tell you about anxiety. It changes, morphs into concern about the future, precaution against what might come. It craves attention. So, the more you try to drown out the thoughts, the louder they come. And they multiply! Until it’s wave upon wave of panic crashing against the dilapidated wall you’d put up in your mind, slowly wearing away the strategies you had gathered for moments like this.