I tend to explain my anxiety as a separate part of myself. My rational brain and my irrational mind/my anxiety. My anxiety constantly tells me that everyone is judging me or using me. The rational part of my brain knows that this isn’t true but I just can not turn off the anxious part of my brain.
My anxiety mind also has a tendency to make me believe that everybody hates me and that I am useless.
It’s like there are two little narrators in my head, one announcing everything I may have done wrong and the other telling it to stop.
It’s a mini war in my brain.