British Woman Shares Selfie During Panic Attack to Dismantle Stigmas

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 9:50 PM

Amber Smith'south post features one photo of herself looking polished and another photo where she'south crying. The post has presently been shared more than 5.000 times on the social network.

British Woman Shares Selfie During Panic Attack to Dismantle Stigmas

A British woman, who suffers from depression and anxiety, said that after a night out with friends, she took to Facebook to rant about people who misjudge those with mental illnesses and claim that they're not really suffering.

Amber Smith'south post features one photo of herself looking polished and another photo where she'south crying. The post has presently been shared more than 5.000 times on the social network.

"Top picture: What I showcase to the world via social media. Dressed up, create up done, filters galore. The 'normal' side to me."

She then described the contrasting picture.

"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 ill of the fact that it's two thousand sixteen and there is still so much stigma around mental health," Smith continued in the post. "It disgusts me that so many people are so uneducated and judgmental over the topic."

Smith, twenty-two, told ABC News that she penned the post because her friends didn't realize how she suffered silently.

"I kind of reached a point where I recently wasn't feeling too excellent with everything and I got forced to go out with some friends," she said. "[My friends] kept saying, 'Why are you late for this...? The whole time they didn't know that I've been at residence feeling nauseous, panicky, feeling ill and just generally not in a good place."

Smith said she'south been living with depression and anxiety since she was sixteen. She was officially diagnosed only three years ago.

Smith said she turned to Facebook to share her feelings because she wanted people to know anxiety and depression affects people differently.

According to the Centers for Sickness Control and Prevention, more than one out of twenty Americans older than twelve years of age reported suffering from depression in two thousand-fifth to two thousand six. Although the CDC doesn't have specific statistics on the prevalence of anxiety and other panic disorders, the agency says they are, "the most common class of mental disorders in the general population."

Since posting her rant latest Sunday, Smith said she's been "overwhelmed" by "messages from people all around the world."

"The messages that people are sending are pretty and they're so lovely -- but that wasn't the reason why I did this," she clarified. "People are so fast to judge. I obtain it all the time when people say, 'What do you've to be depressed about? You've a excellent job. You've a excellent life. You've a good family.' People don't realize that even though in life we all go through problems, [those with depression] still think differently and it still affects us differently."

"I was ill of people suffering in silence," she added. "The most necessary thing for me to do is utilize my voice so they don't have to perceive love they're by themselves."

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