Autophobia
A coming of age comic about two dorks falling in love

Chapter 09 - 11

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Reply tgreen12321, July 6th, 2014, 11:25 pm

thank you wow i just,,,

this is so beautiful and powerful and all too real. you do an excellent job of illustrating anxiety. just wondering, is this from personal experience?

i can identify with louis, as i have been struggling with social anxiety/depression for most of my life. all of the time, wondering what i should say, or look like, what will everyone think of me? if i sit alone, will people notice? if i sit with loud friends, will we attract attention? Barbecues are my worst nightmare.

and most of the time, you're really just battling yourself. i cant even count how many nights were spent just like this; beating myself up. thinking of all the things wrong in my life. blaming myself for everything.

yes, social anxiety does exist. no, you are not crazy if you suffer from it. no, it does not have to be obvious. yes, it does effect lives.

i doubt anyone would disagree on here, but i've heard various versions in the real world, not just louis' world, claiming that social anxiety is mythology.

just wanted to say thanks creating this comic and show people what others have to deal with

Reply G.H.S.T, July 7th, 2014, 9:56 am

<333 @tgreen12321 Thank you for sharing your own struggles with anxiety<33 You're right, it is a real thing and no one is crazy if they are a sufferer. It is both a mental and physical experience, and it's truly frightening. I'm glad you think I am capturing anxiety here--it is difficult to get it "right" because it's such a subjective experience, and I'm not sure if people who haven't experienced this can empathize much with Louis here. But also to answer your question, I did draw his struggles here from my own experiences at least in part, but I've also studied anxiety disorders so I'm using both personal and professional stuff to help with the writing.

Reply Stig Hemmer, July 28th, 2014, 9:10 am

I don't feel up to sharing the details, but yes, I have been there too. Thank you for making this comic.

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