Woman Shares Before And After Photos Showing Anxiety Attack Affect And It’s Too Powerful

  • By Asad Tipu
  • January 25, 2018
  • 2 minutes read

Mental health has always carried a certain stigma with it.

People wrongfully associate all kinds of negative things with it, when it’s nothing more than an illness. You don’t call someone with broken legs lazy for not walking, so why is it so hard for people to accept that you aren’t lazy when you’re too depressed to move?

It might be because we don’t see mental illness, it’s not physically visible. But that doesn’t mean it’s not there. A woman from Rugby, England, suffers from sporadic panic attacks, and she let other people see what she usually hid. Her name is Amber Louise Smith.


She makes a long Facebook post detailing her panic attack as well as pictures that show the drastic difference before and after.

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 judgemental 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’

FUCK YOU. Fuck 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.


She is visibly shaken with puffy eyes and looks in extreme panic.

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.


It touched the hearts of many, all around the world.

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.


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