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Are You Tired Of Being Afraid?

Are You Tired Of Being Afraid?

Yesterday in a therapy session an eleven year old girl asked me if I was tired. Things have been extra busy around my house, I have been up late and up early.

I said, “Yes.”

She said that whenever she asked a grown up if they are tired, they always say yes.

This made me pause. All grown ups are tired? I could relate, I have noticed that, too. What are we doing to ourselves? Why are we all so tired?

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Anxiety: How Do We Get It? How Do We Get Rid of It?

Anxiety: How Do We Get It? How Do We Get Rid of It?

Anxiety never comes out of the blue, as much as it seems that it does. There is always a context to it, an anxiety trigger. Always some perception of vulnerability that triggers the physiological response and the emotional response. But have you wondered why we get anxiety in the first place?

How Do We Get Anxiety?

Anxiety can be recruited into our lives in a variety of ways, but usually something happens to us that makes us feel vulnerable.  It could be something like a traumatic experience: sexual abuse, war, being mugged, a car accident, etc. Or it could be something else, like an illness (from the flu to cancer), having a conflict, a break up, embarrassment, hearing a scary story, etc.  

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Love Heals, Kindness Heals

Love Heals, Kindness Heals

“His Kindness Healed Me”

As often happens, I was brought to tears last night during a therapy session.

“When he asked me why I like him, I didn’t know how to put it into words.  All I could say was, ‘Your kindness healed me.'”

She began to lament that she couldn’t express her feelings. Her fear and self-doubt arose and she began to beat herself up at her lack of a good reply.

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Fear of Flying? Try This

Fear of Flying? Try This

I Was Afraid of Flying

The fear of flying is a common fear.  I had it in the worst way. For me, like many others, fear of flying especially increased after 9/11. I thought about being in a plane crash a lot.  A lot, a lot. Every time I heard a plane fly over, the video ran in my mind of myself sitting in an airplane after having just found out we were going to crash.

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Medicine for Anxiety

Medicine for Anxiety

Are You Deciding Whether to Use Medication for Anxiety?

Today, we are joining the American Psychological Association Mental Health Blog Party, trying to decrease stigma and bring public awareness to mental health issues. Anxiety medication and deciding whether to medicate your anxiety are important issues!

Many people ask my recommendation when deciding to use drugs to manage their or their children’s anxiety symptoms. I cannot give a recommendation since I am not an MD but I do have an opinion!

The best way to make this decision is to weigh the risks and benefits of taking the medication. And to do this, you’ll need to gather some basic information.

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Ten Ways to Get Rid of Generalized Anxiety Symptoms

Ten Ways to Get Rid of Generalized Anxiety Symptoms

Trying to get rid of generalized anxiety symptoms? Here are ten activities that help you get rid of generalized anxiety forever! Try them. Take a look.

I know you want to get rid of generalized anxiety disorder symptoms. Keep in mind that anxiety can be treated in the short term, but long-term treatment and practice of new skills is what it takes to get rid of anxiety altogether. Today we’ll discuss ten activities that get rid of generalized anxiety in the long term.

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Ten Tools That Help Relieve Panic Attacks

Ten Tools That Help Relieve Panic Attacks

Wouldn't it be nice to relieve panic attacks both in frequency and severity? Here are 10 tools to help you relieve panic attacks. Take a look.

How can coping tools help relieve panic attacks? Especially since most panic attacks feel like they come out of the blue, even though there is usually a trigger. The trigger is that you are scared of panic attacks. And why wouldn’t you be? They are one of the most uncomfortable experiences on this planet. Having a list of tools can help reduce the number of panic attacks you experience and help you feel less afraid of the panic coming.

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How to Love Instead of Worry About Friends

How to Love Instead of Worry About Friends

Worry can have our anxiety all up and out of control, and worry never helped one person. Last week I posted a vlog: Love and Fear, The Only Two Emotions.  Today’s vlog picks up on that theme and lets us know how to love someone rather than worry about them.

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Love and Fear: The Only Two Emotions Video

Love and Fear: The Only Two Emotions Video

Love and fear are the only two emotions we have. What would life be like if you let go of fear and embraced love? Watch this.

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Externalizing Ridiculous Fears Harry Potter Style

Externalizing Ridiculous Fears Harry Potter Style

Externalizing Fears

Lets face it, some fears are ridiculous.  Irrational, untrue and vague, they plague us anyway.  One of the best things you can do is externalize them: Name the fear and be specific. (Fears like to be vague about themselves, evasive they gain power over us. Exposed, we undermine that power.)

Take the fear outside your identity, see it as a fear, and give it a name: (i.e., fear that you forgot the door unlocked, fear of not being cool enough, fear of spiders, fear of getting robbed, fear of a loved one leaving you, fear of looking fat).

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