"I'm always scared to say how I really feel. No one wants to hear 'It's getting worse.' Everyone wants to hear 'It's finally better.' But what if it isn't? What if I'm lying?" --- Dealing with PTSD, anxiety, and depression is a constant battle.
Validation is a calming comfort to those dealing with chronic pain. Even though it doesn't take away the pain, it does let the person know that you empathize with them. Just saying the words, "I believe you" can do so much for a person.