You think it's bad accepting physical symptoms, wait until you try explaining to others, without anxiety, the same concept.
I could literally kill my roommate right now. He believes it's all a ploy to be lazy
I know many people with anxiety disorders (especially those with anxiety that severely hampers life) often talk about how those without anxiety don't get it. Many talk about wishing they would get it. I remember feeling that way back in the day. Certainly calling someone lazy is uncalled for. However having been on both sides I have a bit of a different view about the whole explaining anxiety to others. I think it is an utter waste of time wishing/hoping to adequately explain the anxious over thinking disorder to one without the thinking disorder. Only way a non-anxious person would truly 'get it' would be to have the disorder him/herself. AND what good is that? How does that help an anxious person? I see it more like this now:
and I am sure my view is going to ruffle some feathers around here. but here goes....
those with runaway anxiety are the ones who ultimately need to 'get' it. We are the ones that our thinking
. Some of our actions make it worse--ie, self testing, googling, seeking endless reassurance via family friends, having 'peace of mind' medical testing.... Our thinking is being filtered through an anxious brain. The more frustrating position to be in is the un-anxious family/friends seeing us flounder, be unhappy and scared and then be completely unable to make us understand. Now THAT is frightening and sad and disheartening. Let's face it--we are the ones with issue. we are the ones who need to fix it.
I am in no way saying family and friends should be nasty to us. I think they should be supportive in a way that doesn't just enable us. We, absolutely, don't need people to 'get it' so very well that they help keep us at the bottom of the pit.