Watch: What It Feels Like to Live With an Anxiety Disorder

'It's like having a shadow that's very, very real even when it's dark out.'

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Anxiety is common enough now — according to the National Institute of Mental Health, it affects 18 percent of adults in the United States, and one million Americans have anxiety attacks each month — that it's starting to shed its stigma. But as a result, it's also perceived more casually, as if the chronic and often crippling condition is no big deal.

Anyone who struggles with anxiety knows that's absolutely not the case. Emma Stone spoke out earlier this year about her first anxiety attack, which struck when she was with a friend. She said it felt like the house was burning down. "I called my mom and she brought me home, and for the next three years it just would not stop," she told The Wall Street Journal.

In this new video by AJ+, part of the Al Jazeera Media Network, young people with anxiety explain what it really feels like to live with the condition every day. It's an insightful perspective on an issue that, yes, is increasingly destigmatized — but also increasingly invisible.

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