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However, the response to blew Ay away.

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photo: Sow Ay

"I never imagined I could be of any help to anyone, as I can't leave my house because of the panic attacks I keep having," Ay said. "I feel incredibly proud."

comics about anxiety and depression
photo: Sow Ay

All that online support has made him more comfortable speaking his mind.

comics about anxiety and depression
photo: Sow Ay

I've been living with social and generalized anxiety for as long as I can remember and I've never been really great at saying what's on my mind. ...Because I was scared, didn't want to bother people, because of the taboo... There are always excuses. I wanted to get better by myself — probably like many. But I just couldn't.

Ay is currently working with a therapist.

comics about anxiety and depression
photo: Sow Ay

In fact, he recently invited her to check out his illustrations on Tumblr.

comics about anxiety and depression
photo: Sow Ay

But no matter what, Ay said he'll always be there for his fans.

comics about anxiety and depression
photo: Sow Ay

"I hope [my work] will keep helping people to feel better understood and keep giving them comfort," he said. "They can come back anytime to see my comics. They'll stay there for the support."

comics about anxiety and depression
photo: Sow Ay