Invisible disabilities – Anxiety is an invisible disability

Anxiety is an invisible disability that cannot be diagnosed with a blood test or physical examination. Invisible disabilities include:

Chronic Pain




Crohn’s disease

Rheumatoid arthritis

Back injuries

Insurance companies deny invisible disability claims as these conditions are not easily pinned down.

Anxiety is a condition that exhibits feelings of tension, apprehension and uneasiness. These feelings can be disabling, especially when the individual has overwhelming feelings if fear and shock caused by daily events or situations.

Life with an invisible disability can be a lonely experience. Certain chronic conditions such as ADHD, Multiple sclerosis and depression aren’t visible or obvious – this is why it’s hard for others to understand what it’s like to live with these conditions.

One lady who suffers from depression, anxiety and IBS wrote about her experience on an invisible disabilities blog saying:

“If I hermit for a while, don’t put me down for it. If I want to leave early because my stomach hurts: it hurts. It’s not just, ‘Oh, I don’t feel well’. It’s, ‘I feel like I’m getting my insides torn out and I need to leave.’ I seem stubborn, but it’s because I know what triggers my anxiety and I’m trying to keep out of situations that do not support my well-being.”

What Can I Do To Ease Anxiety?

Being present and living in the moment does help ease anxiety. This helps us focus on right now instead of the past and fears for the future. The present is a wonderful place to be. Meditation is one way of getting into “present” mindset.

Exercise is a must. A healthy body supports a healthy mind. Choose any way that you enjoy moving, whether it’s walking or yoga – just move that body! Exercise release good feel chemicals called “endorphins” which give us a sense of pleasure and wellbeing.

Getting enough rest is a requirement that isn’t negotiable. During sleep your brain repairs the damage done by daily stress triggers. This is key to better mental health. When we are tired our energy is low as well as our moods, this can exasperate anxiety and depression.

Woman with disabilities