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About Julia Banim, Author of ‘Anxiety-Schmanxiety’

Hi, my name is Julia Banim and I’m the new co-author of Anxiety-Schmanxiety. I’m a journalist based in Manchester, England. Reading and writing have long been a quiet refuge for me from the social situations that, admittedly, have never come too easily (What Is Social Anxiety Disorder [Social Phobia]?). Journalism, therefore, always felt like a natural career path for me.

I believe that writers should always strive to cover issues that are of personal significance to them. For me, this is anxiety, with all its messiness, humiliations and excessive worrying. I know how it feels to be wound tight as a spring for days, weeks, or months on end. I know how it feels to not realise how loud and fast you are breathing, how tightly you are clenching your fists, until the person next to you on the train looks at you with concern (Can People Without a Mental Illness Understand Us?).

Julia Banim and Writing about Anxiety

Julia Banim, author of Anxiety-Schmanxiety, struggles with anxiety. She's writing for HealthyPlace to erase stigma of mental illness. Come say hi.A couple of years ago, I would have been completely mortified at the prospect of writing a blog about my anxiety. Like so many others, I very wrongly felt that my anxiety symptoms somehow reflected negatively on my character. I hid behind a series of carefully constructed personalities, hoping and praying that I would at least appear to fit in.

I masked my frequent nervous tics and twitches behind coughs that fooled no one. I would smile stiffly for photographs at parties where the large volume of people rendered me trembling and completely wordless. What I have learnt from this is that putting on a front is rarely, if ever, beneficial for your health and wellbeing. The best first step is of course honesty and understanding which is how I intend to write my blog (To Combat Stigma, Take Off Your Mask).

People with anxiety can and do go on to achieve incredible things, as demonstrated by the wonderful bloggers on this site. I am truly excited to begin my blogging journey with HealthyPlace and sincerely hope that you will find my writing to be informative and interesting. I look forward to sharing and chatting with you.

More about Julia Banim

Find Julia on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and at her blog.

13 thoughts on “About Julia Banim, Author of ‘Anxiety-Schmanxiety’”

  1. Thanks for your articles and posts Julia. I am a children’s picture book creator (currently working towards publication) and have suffered from anxiety for the past four years. With help it’s become very manageable recently, at some points almost gone, but it returns from time to time, sometimes intensely. During these times I find it hard to have a free mind and spirit that enables me to create my work, as I try to “work things out” and relieve the anxiety. This does work to some degree but the rumination takes up time, time I’d much rather spend doing what I love, which is frustrating.
    I sometimes think it would be easier, as an anxiety sufferer, to do a job that doesn’t require much mental effort – to take the focus away from my brain if you like. But then of course I wouldn’t be doing what I love. It’s certainly very hard at times, but I have hope and faith.
    So hello to a like-minded soul and my very best wishes.

  2. Julia,

    Thanks so much for starting this blog. I have experienced social and generalized anxiety & depression for many years. I’ve been in counseling, am seeing a Psychiatrist who has prescribed medication that helps with my depression, but the anxiety is still a huge issue for me. I look forward to reading more posts in your blog and hopefully gain some insight in how to get rid of my anxiety that controls my life.

    Chris

    1. Hi Chris, I am sorry to hear about your anxiety and depression. It sounds like you are taking some really positive steps by seeking counselling. I sincerely hope that you find my articles to be of some insight to you and wish you all the best in working towards gaining that control over your anxiety. Best wishes, Julia

  3. Hi Julia,
    I have always had a lot of anxiety about different things. I worry about my family, my job, germs, money, and I have a hard time enjoying life at times. Sometimes I wonder how most people can go through life not being anxious about the things that make me anxious. Sometimes I wonder why I worry so much.

    1. Hi Samantha. Thank you kindly for your comment. I can personally completely relate to how anxiety can often stop you from fully enjoying life at times but I have found that with the right support life can and does get better. You will find that there are so many people who read HealthyPlace who feel exactly the same way and you are certainly not alone with your worrying. Best wishes, Julia

  4. Hello Julia 🙂 Welcome to the team of bloggers!

    I have depression and anxiety, and between the two devils I’d rather be rid of the anxiety. I read the posts that Greg and Tanya write all the time. I look forward to reading your posts, too.

    1. Hello Kellie 🙂 thank you kindly for your comment. I must say that I can completely sympathize with your view… anxiety can seriously take a toll on a person and is arguably less widely understood than depression. I hope that you enjoy reading my posts and I very much look forward to discussing issues concerning anxiety with you

    1. Hi Sheila! I love this site too…. has been such a great source of comfort and information for me in the past. Am very proud to be getting involved. I do hope that I can carry on the good work with my posts!

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