"His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy."
These are the lyrics to Eminem's famed sing-along hit "Lose Yourself," but they also describe symptoms someone with anxiety or a panic disorder experience during an episode, or just, whenever.
Trying to explain this to someone without breaking out into Eminem's rap isn't easy. For this reason, Soul Pancake's Marie Jacquemin created a "virtual panic attack" to walk people through the head of a person with anxiety.
Everyone feels anxious as some point, but as the video host points out, when does that feeling become all-encompassing?
For her, having anxiety is just part of who she is: "It's just there, inside my brain."
"Some days I have it under control," she says. "I can curb my thoughts and soften my worries."
Other days she says, there's no stopping it.
But instead of just telling us what's it's like, she shows us.
"It starts small like a dripping tap..."
"Or a pencil drumming on a desk."
"It's there in the back of my mind. I can hear it and feel it. It's constant and irritating."
"I can't turn it off and then it grows, becomes more prominent and suddenly it's all around me."
"Panic leaves your heart pounding in your chest."
"Your lungs gasping for air."
"Your hands shaking, your skin tingling. You feel nauseous."
"Your chest aches, your temperature goes up."
To cope, she says she goes for a walk or run, and listens to soothing music.
Even this video was hard for Marie to do, but ultimately, she wants others with anxiety to know they're not alone.
Anxiety is the most common mental illness in the United States, and women are twice as likely to experience panic disorders than men.
De-stigmatizing these diseases by creating awareness will give people struggling with said disorders one less thing to worry about.
And if they still worry, that's OK, too.