Mum's photo comparison reveals an important message about anxiety

One of these photos was taken a week after spending time in a psych ward and was posted with the hashtag, #happy.

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The two photos above are both images of mum-of-three, Laura Mazza, who blogs as The Mum on the Run . And here's what she shared about the stories behind each of those images.

Guess what? Still anxious.

Image: Instagram/themumontherun.

Image: Instagram/themumontherun_.

Anxiety can be anyone

Anxiety isn’t mascara running, looking manic, huddled in a corner and breathing into a paper bag.

It’s a smiling face, a confident guy or girl.

It’s the class clown, the joker, the actress, the guy who plays sports.

It can be any one of us.

It can be the friend that always says he’s too busy to come out, even though he is the life of the party.

It’s the girl you thought was rude and stuck up who is actually just terrified inside.

It’s the friend who casually says she hates busy places but physically can’t breathe in crowds.

It’s the mum at the playground who won’t look at you because she’s afraid she will say something stupid.

Kiss and hug your spouse in front of the kids. Your marriage is the only example your child has of what an intimate relationship looks, feels, and sounds like. So it's your job to set a great standard.

It’s the girl who sends you 50 text messages in one hour because her thoughts tell her you don’t like her.

It’s the friend that withdraws as they have convinced themselves that everyone hates them.

It’s a smiling mask that covers the racing thoughts of impending doom.

Image: Instagram/themumontherun_.

Image: Instagram/themumontherun_.

"It is exhausting and tiring"

It is exhausting and tiring. It really doesn’t have a face.

Anxiety is a serious illness and just because someone doesn’t look like the Hollywood portrayal, it doesn’t mean they aren’t suffering.

Anxiety can look like any one of these faces, so be kind to everyone you meet.

The photo on the right was taken a week after I got out of the psych ward. The same photo I posted to social media with a hashtag #happy - proof you just never know.

This post originally appeared on Laura's blog,, and has been republished here with permission. You can follow Laura on or Instagram .