Theodore took to Facebook and tried to explain what it felt like to live with this condition.
"Someone with anxiety is inclined to assume everyone is going to leave. The truth is they battle something they can’t control and there is a sense of insecurity within themselves when it comes to relationships."
She shared this image of a text conversation they had. Those with anxiety tend to overthink things. Luckily, this couple has great communication, and Chris is patient, loving and happy to let her know that everything is fine.
She also provided a link to a video Briggs posted where he discusses what it's like living with depression. He offers sound advice for dealing with someone with any sort of mental illness. The main theme of the video is to "Be kind. You never know what someone's dealing with."
He also advises to not tell those with depression how great their life is. This makes them feel worse on their "mentally rough days" when things should be looking up but they're feeling down for some reason. He references the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why as a controversial show, but one that's at least starting conversations about mental illness.
For more encouraging words, check out her page on mental illness. And for laughs, check out Theodore and Briggs reading the hate comments they received from this post. Because even in the most uplifting setting, the internet is gonna internet.
Theodore is lucky to have found someone who loves her and understands what she's going through. Hopefully one day society will be just as empathetic. Mental breakdowns aren't funny. We should treat them with sympathy, not ridicule.