I generally hate cliches; they're usually not deep enough, but today I'm going to use one. In fact, I think we all grew up with it:
"If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it all."
I think we all wish that everyone would follow that. Unfortunately, they don't. We've probably all run across hurtful things on the Internet, about depression, anxiety, or maybe even insults directed towards us. People make alot of assumptions and stereotypes, as well as "jokes."
I'm not one to believe that words don't hurt; they do! If you're like me, you may think about what someone said or wrote, for hours or days afterwards. But these are a couple of things that help me:
1. The person doesn't know me, or my situation.
2. The person has probably never been in my shoes; if they had been, chances are, they would be treating me with more respect. I've found that the people who've been in your shoes before are generally more understanding and reassuring.
Really, anxiety can happen to anyone. Around 40 million adults in the United States struggle with anxiety. We're not inferior. As the saying goes, "When people look down on you, it usually means that you are above them."