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Mental health activist reveals traits common in people with anxiety and how you should react  

A student doctor has revealed three more tell-tale signs you or someone you love has anxiety – this time explaining reasons behind the behaviours.

Mental health activist Zachery Dereniowski explains people with anxiety are more likely to apologies a lot, not text their friends first and might cry often.

In a recent video the Canadian-born, Sydney-based student doctor pleads for people to be patient with their friends who have anxiety.

 

Mental health activist Zachery Dereniowski explains people with anxiety are more likely to apologies a lot, not text their friends and cry often

‘We say sorry a lot because we are genuinely afraid we have insulted you,’ he said.

‘We don’t text you a lot because if you don’t reply we think we have done something wrong,’ the 27-year-old said.

Adding: ‘We cry because sometimes people are too much, not because we are looking for attention.’

The video quickly went viral and was seen more than 27k times in just three hours.

‘Drop a like if you relate,’ Zachery wrote on the post which more than 3000 people liked in that time.

Dozens of others commented hearts on the post.

One person took time to encourage anyone who felt they could relate to the video.

He says they apologise a lot out of fear

And they don't text because they are scared to say the wrong thing

In a recent video the Canadian-born, Sydney-based student doctor pleads for people to be patient with their friends who have anxiety

‘A reminder to the person reading this that you are more than enough. No matter what your negative thoughts tell you, you are a strong and amazing human being capable of achieving anything you set your mind to,’ they wrote.

‘No matter how stuck you feel. No matter how bad things are right now. It will always get better, keep going,’ they said. 

Zachery recently revealed four other signs you or someone you love might have high functioning anxiety and ‘don’t even know it’.

He revealed people may be living with the mental health condition if they constantly have very high expectations of themselves.

‘Mediocre is never enough,’ the 27-year-old University of Sydney student explained in a recent video.

A student doctor has revealed the four signs you have high functioning anxiety and 'don't even know it'

Mental health activist, Zachery Dereniowski, recently revealed people may be living with the mental health condition if they constantly have very high expectations of themselves

A student doctor has revealed the four signs you have high functioning anxiety and  ‘don’t even know it’

Zachery Dereniowski dedicates his time to explaining signs and symptoms of different mental health conditions

Zachery Dereniowski dedicates his time to explaining signs and symptoms of different mental health conditions

He said appearing successful and calm on the outside in another red flag – especially if you feel like other people ‘don’t get it’.

‘You have difficulty saying no and asking for help because you fear looking weak,’ he said.

‘Overthinking is your best friend because you need to make the right decision.’ 

The Canadian focuses on mental health and shares informative videos online, helping others identify and cope with symptoms of depression and anxiety.

He has a combined audience of 1.9million people who love watching his videos, this recent video has been viewed 3M times in four days.

What are the four signs Zachery shared? 

1 – You appear successful and calm to others on the outside, but they don’t get it

2 – You have very high expectations of yourself. Mediocre is never enough.

3 – You have difficulty saying no and asking for help because you fear looking weak

4 –  Overthinking is your best friend because you need to make the right decision 

These are not the only signs and people don’t have to have all of them, he clarified 

One person commented on the post to clarify that the signs Zachery pointed out ‘are not the only ones’ and that you don’t have to have all of them.

‘Correct,’ he responded with a heart. 

‘To whoever reads this, your life matters. No one can replace you. I’m thankful you were born. I love you so much. Read it again,’ he added on the post.

Others saw themselves reflected in the warning signs.

‘I always overthink. Especially at night, it never fails,’ one woman said.

Overthinking all of the time is another one of the signs

When people struggle to say no or ask for help it could be another sign

He said overthinking because you have to make the right decision and having difficulty saying no are also signs

The Canadian focuses on mental health and shares informative videos online, helping others identify and cope with symptoms of depression and anxiety

The Canadian focuses on mental health and shares informative videos online, helping others identify and cope with symptoms of depression and anxiety

‘Are you stalking me,’ added another. ‘Don’t forget to use joking as a coping mechanism for the lack of success in your life,’ they added.

‘This made me cry a little because it is true, all of it is. I am always terrified to say no or ask for help, I overthink and much more, I am scared,’ said another. 

Others said the video was ‘crazy accurate’ while some just thanked Zachery for posting.

‘I really appreciate all of your videos, thankyou,’ one woman said.

‘Your videos helped me and my boyfriend get through hard times,’ another person said. 

If you or anyone you know is struggling with anxiety or depression call Beyond Blue’s support line on 1300 22 4636 for confidential support any time of the day or night. 

You can also access the company’s confidential online chat service here from 1pm to 12am every day.  

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