In this brief post, we have compiled a list of anxiety art which expresses the way most of us who suffer from anxiety feel. 

This anxiety art should encourage you to relate and understand that there are many other people out there who may also suffer from anxiety and have used anxiety art to express themselves.

Below each anxiety art, we will briefly explain what we see.

If you have any anxiety art you want to add to this list then please send in your suggestions in the comments below.

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Anxiety art: In this art we see a lot of very scary looking hands reaching out to a character which is almost crouching to avoid the hands. The black and white used in this art make us see that life sometimes can really be black and white. It can feel like we only have one of two options. To be brave and courageous or to cower underneath the shadow of anxiety.  Interestingly the anxiety art portrays that the man or woman doesn’t close off all his or her eyes, he or she only blocks one-off with his or her hand, maybe he or she is looking for his or her opportunity to escape or maybe they just like to see what’s about to get them. I guess we can take some positives from this cloudy anxiety art piece.

We couldn’t locate the artists for this magnificent piece.

Anxiety art

Anxiety art: In this anxiety art we see a character which has its eyes both covered with its arms and its hair extended almost as if it has been shocked by electricity causing its hair to stand out. Anxious people often close their eyes and try to avoid people or issues in front of them. It is very common to see this done and so this art piece represents almost any anxious person you may have come across. I can’t see many positives in this piece aside from its colour.

I also couldn’t make out who painted this piece.

Anxiety art

Anxiety art: In this anxiety art we see a lady who has her lips puffed out, almost as if she is sighing about something which has just occurred. She has her palms placed against her cheeks, pushing them up, almost as if in shock of what may have just happened.

The negative contrast used in this piece of work makes us think about the sadness that is anxiety and how it can lead us to depression if not managed correctly.

This piece was signed off as “RAM 2016”

Anxiety art

Anxiety art: In This anxiety art we see someone who has their mouth open and a bunch of words stuck in there, maybe these words are being shouted as the mouth is open much wider than it would be if one was simply speaking in a normal voice. In Fact, it seems like a scream.  The words in her mouth are: CALM THE FUCK DOWN AND CHEER THE FUCK UP- Art therapy for anxiety & depression by Maggie Mclean.

Interestingly she has one eye open and the other eye closed. This is a common theme for people who are anxious and scared about something. They will tend to close one eye and open the other almost as if they are looking for their opportunity to escape or for some reason they want to see and confront their fears, or at least some part of their mind wants to.

Anxiety art

Anxiety art: In this anxiety art we see the frame of what looks to be a man but rather than soft bits we see the wiring and the ends have been done in a manner where they would certainly hurt anyone who came to close. The tips have also been done with a tool which can easily be removed. We even see some of these tools above the structures head, almost as if they have just popped off as soon as the structure was placed on the surface.

What I get from this art is the fact that there are a lot of people with anxiety who are hard to help, who often push people away because of their anxiety and who may be unreliable friends. On the other hand it also reflects how carefully we should treat those who have anxiety to ensure we don’t cause them to fall apart. We must be conscious and considerate towards their strengths and weaknesses.

We couldn’t locate who created this piece.

Anxiety art

Anxiety art: In this anxiety arrt we see a hand which comes in front of a character’s face and shuts his lips. We don’t see any more details as to where this hand has come from but we could guess it comes from their head. Again the black and grey contrast reflects the mood of people who suffer from anxiety may be feeling and how easy it is to go from feeling anxious about having depression or even severe anxiety.

This piece was created by ARAMIS NIETO.

Anxiety art

Anxiety art: In this anxiety art we see a woman looking into the distance but covering most of her face with a book and that book we see the same image. We could imagine that this sequence goes on for as long as the eyes can see. People who have anxiety will naturally shy away from things that bring them out of their comfort zones and prefer to stay away from any limelight. This means they spend most of their time observing others rather than participating.

Anxiety art

Anxiety art: In this anxiety art piece we see a character with many faces screaming in a dark background. This art reminds me of many anxiety sufferers who suffer in silence and hence the screams are only in their heads and neve out loud. Suffering in silence means that they rarely ever get help and their friends or family are not even aware that they carry such a burden. If you are reading this and you suffer from anxiety then sharing with your family is one of the best things you may be able to do for yourself. Your family and friends will be able to help you and will hopefully be considerate to your dilemma.

Anxiety art

Anxiety art:

In this anxiety art piece we see a woman who looks broker as she has a lot of cracks on her face neck and shoulder. Oddly enough her ears seem perfectly fine and even bigger than normal ears. It may be because she spends so much time listening and absorbing information which makes her even more anxious. 

Her eyes are pointed downwards which implies she is low on confidence or not ready to face her challenges. 

From her head rises the root of a three which has a broken clock. To me this signifies the amount of time she has suffered or how much time she may have left before she reaches her breaking point, if she hasn’t already reached it as suggested by the broken clock.

If you are suffering from depression, anxiety, loneliness or any similar mental health issue then seeking help for it may be a good option. Mental health issues such as depression, loneliness and anxiety can affect anyone of us.

If you are under 18 then CAMHS, an NHS run programme may just be the answer for your mental health struggles.
You should look to see if you meet the CAMHS referral criteria and then fill in the CAMHS referral form.

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