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Image 1:  (Adams, 2012, She)

A gridded image highlighting the features of a person. Each image focuses on some aspect of anxiety that visibly or physically affects the body and a person; an elevated pulse, restricted breathing, distorted vision etc. Sometimes anxiety is visible, but more often than not it is in the mind. This collage of images is a reminder that people can hide their anxiety very well and come across to another person as “normal” and fine.

Image 2: (Crawford, 2015, My anxious Heart Photos Anxiety Disorder)

A very artistic and literal piece of work that emphasises an anxious persons physical symptoms, such as restricted breathing and the panic of feeling trapped and or frozen. This image gives the audience a very clear idea of what someone might feel and creates a sense of empathy and compassion, which can be difficult for some people who have not experienced anxiety or a panic attack.

Image 3: (Kruger, 1989, Your body is a battleground)

In this piece of artwork Barbara Kruger addresses media and politics. I also sense an aspect of anxiousness in the way in which a person loses control of their body and mind when they have a panic attack. A person feels like they’re alone and isolated and that even they themselves are the problem. “Your Body is a Battleground” is a perfect representation of the internal fight of emotions that one is challenged with.

Image 4: (Stoddard, 2011, Sleepwalker)

The “Sleepwalker” highlights another internal side effect of terrible and debilitating anxiety, which is being exhausted and feeling like your mind is cloudy. social anxiety can be a symptom of several anxiety disorders, or a stand alone anxiety disorder. This image is a designers/artists interpretation of anxiety, which allows an audience to connect to it, but also to interpret it for themselves. This is important as anxiety is personal and different for everyone, but should still be shared so that there is acceptance.

Image 5: (Keedy, 2016, It’s Hardly Noticeable)

My first thought is “don’t cry over spilled milk”, a common reaction to someone who is suffering from anxiety. A lot of people either don’t know how to handle someone with anxiety, or assume that the person is being irrational. The worst is that some think that a person is “putting it on”. this image highlights the need for anxiety to be seen as a disease or illness that isn’t the persons fault and not a temporary, situational bout of stress or unhappiness.

Image 6: (Unknown, Anxiety/Depression, 2015)

A meme depicting the sense of dread regarding a persons attempt at functioning, whilst also dealing with anxiety or depression. Memes are this generations outlet for humour and sorrow and allow one to express serious topics, but with a sense of lightheartedness. Memes often connect people with shared values, fears, thoughts or behaviours and they are shared so easily through social media platforms. I see the usefulness in memes as a way for people to connect with others and normalise their worries with likeminded people.

Image 7: (Healthy Place, 2016, anxiety-Panic Community)

An illustration portraying a busy mind. Illustrations such as this one are a creative way of communicating a daily struggle for a person who deals with the challenge of anxiety. Repeated and constant thoughts can overwhelm a person, tiring them out to the point of distress, and when someone does talk about their worries, it might come across as irrational. This illustration reminds people that talking about it might help, as they can release all the worrying thoughts from their mind.

Image 8: (Healthy Place, 2016, anxiety-Panic Community)

A very honest illustration with text that helps an outsider to understand the difficulties that someone faces when they have anxiety. I think images like this are important and valuable.

Image  9: (Lewis, 2016, Portraits)

I chose this image because I think that often anxiety and depression can be easily hidden. There are a lot of highly functional anxious and depressed people who live busy lives surrounded by friends and family, but who are hiding a debilitating illness. This woman could be anyone and from her face we can only read so much. This image is a reminder that everything is not what it may seem to be and that asking people if they are alright/need to talk is very important.

Image 10: (Mcspirit, 2015, 13 Things to Remember If You Love A Person With Anxiety)

An emotional and distressing image of a girl struggling with her disease. This image may frighten some people and it may also seem to others like this girl has reached her crisis point, but the truth is that moments like this can be frequent for someone struggling with the disease. Ups and downs of the illness are part of it too and seeing this might make people aware of the tiring  battle that people face; the embarrassment, the loneliness, the fear of the future and being separated from loved ones.


References:

– Adams, G. 2012, she, viewed 17 August 2016, <https://www.flickr.com/photos/gracekathleen/6759679211/in/set-72157628937502205>

– Crawford, K. 2015, My anxious Heart Photos Anxiety Disorder, viewed on 17 August 2016 <http://www.refinery29.com/2015/07/87447/photos-show-what-its-like-to-have-general-anxiety-disorder#slide-1>
– Healthy Place, anxiety-Panic Community, 2016.<http://www.healthyplace.com/anxiety-panic/>
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Healthy Place, anxiety-Panic Community, 2016.<http://www.healthyplace.com/anxiety-panic/>
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Keedy, J, A, 2016. It’s Hardly Noticeable<http://laughingsquid.com/its-hardly-noticeable-an-anxiety-themed-photo-series/>
– Kruger, B. 1989, Your body is a battleground, viewed 17 August 2016 <https://www.artsy.net/artwork/barbara-kruger-untitled-your-body-is-a-battleground-1>
– Lewis, A, 2016. Portraits<http://www.afropunk.com/profiles/blogs/feature-the-portrait-photography-of-neat-shiny-owl-people-are>
– Mcspirit, J, 2015.13 Things to Remember If You Love A Person With Anxiety <http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/13-things-remember-you-love-person-with-anxiety.html>
– Stoddard, A, 2011. Sleepwalker. viewed 17 August 2016 <https://www.flickr.com/photos/alex-stoddard/5749018151>
– Unknown, Anxiety/Depression, 2015. <http://9gag.com/gag/aMQ3eg6>
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