We all feel anxious from time to time (first-date jitters, anyone?), but having an anxiety disorder is a much more serious—and often debilitating—issue. If you don’t have experience with one (40 million Americans currently do), it’s hard to fathom what life is like with excessive and persistent anxiety. That’s where the “I Still Have Anxiety” project comes in. Designer Jag Nagra illustrates stories people submit anonymously, and the intensity of the experiences makes you realize how crippling anxiety can be:

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