Whether you've been diagnosed with anxiety or not, you will absolutely relate to the fake Anxiety magazines that one woman dreamed up and shared on her Twitter account. She's taken the common issues that someone with anxiety faces and turned them into four (so far!) fake magazine issues with hilarious headlines like "33 people who are younger than you!" and "Everyone is talking about your weird toenails!"
The topics range from grad school stress to the simplest headline of them all: "Death." While they're clever and entertaining for just about anyone to read, a significant chunk of the adult population in the U.S. can really relate—nearly 30 percent of people have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. And believe it or not, women are 60 percent more likely than men to suffer from an anxiety disorder over their lifetime.
ISSUE 1: pic.twitter.com/t0b4RA0vQw
— Crayon Elyse (@crayonelyse) May 27, 2016
ISSUE 2: pic.twitter.com/Wnk5vZQ32A
— Crayon Elyse (@crayonelyse) June 3, 2016
The mind behind the mag is PhD. student @CrayonElyse, who told Refinery29 that she draws inspiration for her Anxiety covers from her job, friends, and current events—all things she spends time worrying about. Like other Twitter users, celeb mental health advocates Lena Dunham and Kristen Bell, and this woman who posted #nofilter about her experience with panic attacks, Crayon is part of the movement to erase the stigma around mental health and help people understand that mental health issues are more common than they might think. (That's not all. Here's another 9 Celebrities Who Have Gotten Vocal About Mental Health.)
ISSUE 3 (SPECIAL BIRTHDAY EDITION): pic.twitter.com/U4iq2xGP1F
— Crayon Elyse (@crayonelyse) June 13, 2016
ISSUE 4 (GRAD SCHOOL PANIC): pic.twitter.com/1nmsCLyXmF
— Crayon Elyse (@crayonelyse) June 17, 2016
Chances are, we can all relate to these Anxiety mags at least a little. But if these types of thoughts are running your life and interfering with daily activities, it might be a sign you have an anxiety disorder, according to the NIMH. Your best bet? Talk to a doc to see what you can do to help manage it. (And if you're just temporarily stressed, this magical GIF could be the simple fix you need.)