It is incredibly difficult for outsiders to understand the anxiety. It sounds incredibly stupid, and you may seem like a coward. But anxiety is truely horrible for those who sit with this anxiety inside them.

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This is what Cathrine Flåtten writes in a blog post that has been shared via Romerikes Blad today. She also writes:

As a 14-year-old, I was beaten down by three girlfriends, and afterwards I struggled incredibly with my mental health. I got post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), combined with social anxiety.

In the blog post, she explains how the mental reactions should affect everyday life.

Everyday life as a youth became even tougher, and every day became a struggle to be normal, and like the others at school. I have always been a fighter, but social anxiety is not something you can put under a rock or that only occurs from time to time. It is there, all the time, and the anxiety is felt all over the body.

She explains how anxiety can be very difficult for other people to understand.

What may seem like a "piece of cake" to you is a pure inner struggle and a very stressful situation for a person with social anxiety.

In the post, Cathrine also talks about the significant help from a psychologist to overcome anxiety and win back everyday life.

Her appeal to others in the same situation is:

Do not be afraid to accept help, it may be the only thing that saves you, makes you healthy. If you are receptive, it will help!