You turn on the TV, eager to relax after a long day. Being an adult human is exhausting business, and all you want to do is zone out. Everyone's buzzing about The Handmaid's Tale, so you figure you'll watch, see if it's your thing.
You are naive. You are inexperienced. You have no idea what you're in for.
Approximately 30 minutes later, this is you:
You want to try to cope with the terrors you've witnessed, but you're at a loss.
So you keep watching in hopes the worst is over, only to discover you've but scratched the surface.
Needless to say, you finish the episode like this...
...searching the depths of your soul to figure out exactly how you're going to get through this equal parts traumatizing and addictive series.
Turns out, you are far from alone.
Since the smash hit Hulu series premiered April 26, it has sparked vital conversations on the scary parallels between its plot and our reality, inspiring renewed social awareness, and demanding answers as to how we can ensure our world stays as far from "Offred's" (Elisabeth Moss) as possible. Society is better for these conversations — the show came at such a perfect time, it seems uncanny. None of this is on the mind, however, when you're knee-deep in tissues, falling apart at the seams.
The Handmaid's Tale is an energy-draining, disturbing, core-shattering behemoth of raw emotion that Twitter has officially dubbed the most intense series ever made.
Behold the trauma, and know you are not alone:
May strength be with you.