Things like depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are insidious. We work hard, sometimes for years, to take away their power so they no longer control our lives. And we do it! We’re going along, innocently living our lives, anxiety and such at a tolerable level, when, bam – these beasts spring up and give chase. When this happened to me recently, it took me a while, but I finally realized what was happening. Keep reading »

One day, an older gentleman in his mid-60s walked up to me and asked me about the shirt I was wearing, which featured a bipolar emoticon. It is the same shirt I wore in my first HealthyPlace video blog.

In this audio blog, I share a conversation I had with a Vietnam veteran about his sister and how he felt about her anxiety, panic disorder, and agoraphobia. His feelings were surprising as well as inspiring.

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Anxiety takes many forms. No matter the type, chances are that it feels miserable. By making us feel different fears, worries, or panic or by creating within us obsessions and compulsions, anxiety disorders interfere with our ability to fully live life and enjoy relationships. The good news is, that no matter how extreme anxiety becomes, you don’t have to live with it forever. There are ways to treat anxiety. Keep reading »

If physical health was truly the gold standard for living well, instead of just the perception, I would be the luckiest man in the world. In my adult life, I haven’t had the sniffles for more than a couple days. Frankly, my biggest physical flaw is that, as a redhead, my skin burns when I pass a beach-themed vacation poster.

Reality and perception are very different things. While my physical health can be defined as “pretty good for a middle aged guy,” my mental health is best described as “dude, where are your pants?”

I suffer from anxiety disorders. I used to be so bold as to say “an anxiety disorder,” but paranoia, general anxiety, panic attacks, and an ever present feeling of dread forced me to accept that one disorder just didn’t cover it.

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Like over 40 million people in the United States, I have an anxiety disorder. Two, actually: generalized and social. When living with anxiety, sometimes we’re in control. Sometimes, though, anxiety is in control and it seems to chase and overpower us. I recently connected with psychologist and author Dr. Dan Peters, who calls anxiety the Worry Monster. That’s apt. Just what does this monster do to people, and can we tame it? Keep reading »

This is my first video blog for HealthyPlace and I wanted to do something that I love, but which also causes me anxiety: public speaking. I want to show you what I go through when balancing these two things. For this reason, the video will be shot “live,” in one take only, with no edits, and all imperfections intact. No Retakes.

As I write this, I already feel the anxiety building. I’m taking a leap of faith that I hope will have a soft landing.

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It’s no secret that anxiety is very difficult to ignore. It can be loud and demanding, and as a result, we focus on it. It’s very natural for us to do that, but sadly, it can make anxiety grow. Keep reading »

My name is Gabe Howard. I live in Ohio, am married, a hockey fan (go Blue Jackets), a college football fan (go Buckeyes), a couch potato, the life of the party, a home owner, and a pizza connoisseur. I sleep too little, talk too much, and drive my wife mad. I tell her I do it because I like the company.

In my late 20s, I was diagnosed with bipolar, anxiety, and panic disorders. Everything changed pretty much overnight. Severe panic attacks, paranoia, and general anxiety sidelined me for a long while costing me a marriage, a career, friends, social status, money, and time. Keep reading »

Fear. Terror. Worry. Obsessive thoughts. Anxiety and all of its manifestations can be crippling. The mind races with worst-case scenarios, and the anxious thoughts can be unrelenting. As if the thoughts themselves aren’t bad enough, it’s common for another worry to bubble to the surface of the mind plagued by anxiety: are these thoughts real, and can I trust them?
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As if anxiety itself weren’t bad enough on its own, it presents new challenges and frustrations when we decide to face it and get rid of it once and for all. Probably because anxiety disorders are so prevalent (together, they are the most common of all mental illnesses), there’s a plethora of proposed ways to treat anxiety. Trying to decide what is best for you is itself anxiety-provoking. Keep reading »