Sammy Nickalls
Updated April 12, 2016 5:34 am
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Living with anxiety can be incredibly difficult for so many reasons — the tight chest, the pounding heart, the panic striking you in public. But perhaps the most difficult aspect of anxiety, and any mental illness, is the pressure to pretend like you’re OK when internally you feel like the world is caving in. That’s exactly why a heartbreaking but important Facebook post is going viral — because it depicts the constant pressure everyone with a mental illness goes through every single day.

Amber Smith from Warwickshire in the UK posted two pictures of herself to Facebook on April 3rd. The top picture, she explained, is “what I showcase to the world via social media. . . dressed up, make up done. . . filters galore.” Amber’s second picture, taken that evening shortly after she suffered through an anxiety-induced panic attack, is much more raw.