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Triggers Can Make Anxiety and PTSD Flare Up

Triggers Can Make Anxiety and PTSD Flare Up

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.

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PTSD: The Holiday Season’s Unwelcome Guest

PTSD: The Holiday Season’s Unwelcome Guest

If you or someone you know has post-traumatic stress disorder, the current time of year might be particularly challenging. The northern hemisphere is well into autumn, and the extensive holiday season is upon us. Celebrations abound in religious and secular communities alike. Beginning in October and extending through December and even into January, many countries and traditions celebrate special things with gatherings, gifts, food, and fun.

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When Life Hands You Lemons, Don’t Panic!

When Life Hands You Lemons, Don’t Panic!

My son owns a tee shirt that says,

“When life hands you lemons, keep them. Because, you know, free lemons!”

I like to keep life light. But sometimes crises happen and they can set our anxiety on overdrive. Once panic sets it, it takes all of our energy. Energy that we need to handle the situation!

On the other hand, if we used that energy to handle the situation. It would make our anxiety go down! Really! Read on for Five Things To Do When You are In A Crisis:

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The Truth About Truth (video)

The Truth About Truth (video)

Truth by definition is absolute.

It is definitive. It is what it is and that is it.

However, I have come to believe that not much is true in the literal sense. What we believe is perception, rather than truth.

Unfortunately, many of our beliefs have a truth status in our minds. “I can’t do anything right.” But these are not the truths as we believe them to be.

They are just ideas.

When allowed to be considered truths, they hurt us. Watch my video, and 1) realize it is perception, and 2) learn how to change it!

Healing is a shift in perspective.

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Two Ways To Keep Calm In The Face Of Tragedy

Two Ways To Keep Calm In The Face Of Tragedy

In this crazy world of ours, there is rarely a break from news stories of tragedy. How can we watch the horrid news reports, complete with video of the terror and, as a human, not be affected? And more importantly, given that we feel deeply and intensely, how can we keep calm in the face of these tragedies?

There are tragedies happening all over the world all the time. Most of them we don’t hear about or do hear about and don’t think of too much. Bombings like the ones in Boston are common place in many parts of the world. When we know about it, our hearts go out to the people involved. When it is closer to us, either geographically or we have some connection to the people involved or the place involved, we may feel the sadness deeper.

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Why Can’t You Get Past Your Past?

Why Can’t You Get Past Your Past?

When we have had trauma in our past. So many things can trigger an old memory to rise up and take over our emotions. It is even worse when those memories are from a traumatic event.  A smell, a shape, a sound, a touch, a person. Anything our senses take in can send us emotionally back to a threatening past.

The suffering of this is intense. It may be a nightmare, a flashback, or an anxiety attack. It can also be incredibly frustrating and disappointing that even though you are presently safe–that you feel the persistent panic as though you are still in constant danger.

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Fear, You Are Not Welcome Here! (video)

Fear, You Are Not Welcome Here! (video)

A few weeks ago, I invited people to write a goodbye letter to fear using my own letter as an example.

At the end I challenged readers:

Write a goodbye letter to fear.

Start with, “Dear Fear,” and let ‘em have it. Name your fears, tell what you have sacrificed, name its tricks and tactics, list your skills and knowledges, tell it what you’d rather do with your life if it no longer held you back. And then hang it in a place where you can see it, so you can read it everyday until the fear is gone.

Readers, what would you like to say? Dear Fear…..

Here are some of the responses. Watch me read a powerful goodbye letter to fear in this video.

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Memories of Trauma Effect on Anxiety

Memories of Trauma Effect on Anxiety

This comment came from a reader, Nikky44 who lived through the Lebanese war. I had an explanation that I thought I’d share with all of you.

I was discussing this morning with my sister some events of the past. We both noticed having the same memories of the same events, but the parts each one of us remembered is different, opposite. If we think for example of the day of an explosion, she would remember how we escaped, and all the positive side of it, I would remember the fear, the destruction, the death. I don’t know how to explain that now.

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Easing Symptoms of PTSD: Nightmares, Panic, and General Anxiety

Easing Symptoms of PTSD: Nightmares, Panic, and General Anxiety

PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a common ailment that is often misdiagnosed. That’s because the symptoms of PTSD are similar to many other mental health disorders listed in the DSM manual. These include but are not limited to ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, OCD, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder.  Surprised?

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Nightmares on Anxiety Sleep

Nightmares on Anxiety Sleep

Last night I woke at 2:45 AM from a nightmare drenched in a cold sweat. In the dream, I was trapped at home with my kids, while something strange was going on outside. We had to hide, lest we be shot at through the windows. The worse part was we weren’t quite sure what was happening, so we did not know what to do to stop it.

All of my nightmares are similar to this one.  I am in the middle of a war zone, hiding– knowing that at any minute, I will be found by the enemy.

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