The other night, I was watching a movie when suddenly, it went out of sync. The lips of the characters weren’t matching up with the words they were saying.
So I got up. I tried pressing the pause button. When that didn’t work, I thought I would restart the movie, hoping it would fix the problem. In the end I gave up and just stopped watching the movie altogether.
That was when the thought hit me like a lightning bolt. This is exactly what anxiety is like. That out of sync feeling. Only imagine it is not on a movie screen—it’s in your brain. The worse thing is, you have no control over it. There is no fix. You have to wait until things begin to feel normal again but when you’re in that state of mind, you can’t tell if it ever will. And that is what makes it so terrifying.