What It’s Like to Live With Permanent Anxiety

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What It’s Like to Live With Permanent Anxiety

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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ere’s the thing about me: When people say they need to talk to me, I gracefully brisk walk in the other direction. I run straight into the waiting arms of my permanent companion, my soulmate, my friend, and fall – face first – straight into her arms.

Allow me to introduce you to my friend, who has been around for seven years. Her name is anxiety and she’s a bit clingy. But then, she’s always there for me. She’ll show up at the unlikeliest of places – while I’m boarding a flight, on a date, in the middle of a family get-together, hell even when I’m reading a book, all by myself. Or on the first day of a new job.

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