High Functioning

For years I’ve been drowning my anxiety and depression in work. I saw several doctors but they said I had no reason to have anxiety so it must be temporary.

It wasn’t.

I worked more so I couldn’t have time to do nothing. Because doing nothing is overthinking. Doing a full comic book in 2 months on top of my full time job? No problem, I can handle it.

I actually couldn’t.

Doing my comic was no longer a pleasure. I burnt out. Suddenly, I couldn’t do anything. I spent days crying in bed without knowing why. Why couldn’t I just get up? What was the point anyway? My comic book was pointless. I was pointless.

Then I remembered what Jonny from Hope For The Day said.

“It’s okay not to be okay.“ 

Asking for help is being strong. So I went to the doctor again. 


Written and drawn by Sow Ay.

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