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Overcoming Anxiety: Determination

Overcoming Anxiety: Determination

Determination helps me overcome anxiety. White-knuckled stubbornness. Hours spent thinking to myself, “anxiety cannot win.” Sometimes this is rather like yelling at the sea to stop making so many waves but in spite of that, it works for me. For a trait that’s usually frowned upon stubbornness, determination has its uses when you’re overcoming anxiety.

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Anxiety Denied Is Not Anxiety Extinguished

Anxiety Denied Is Not Anxiety Extinguished

Fear denied, repressed, suppressed, or put out of mind is not fear extinguished.

Treating anxiety: ‘as if’

I’ve been told that acting ‘as if’ I’m not nearly as anxious as I am is a helpful thing. It’s also dangerous. As with almost any technique sometimes is fine but if you’re anything like me and you’ll do whatever you have to do to be able to put your anxiety aside and function, and if what you want is to go on with as much of life as you can, uninterrupted by fear, then it can become destabilizing.

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The Real Health Cost of Anxiety Disorders

The Real Health Cost of Anxiety Disorders

Happy is what brings healthy, and viceversa, so it can’t be that much of a surprise anxiety and depression have had some pretty rough consequences on my health; High blood pressure at 25, on-and-off flings with anemia, near-constant sleep deprivation.

I may as well have an imp bouncing up and down on my kidneys whilst someone tells my nervous system to pump out all the stress hormones its got, so I can feel normal, or at least prepared. Like a Girl Scout on crack. That’s PTSD hypervigilance for you.
It’s also that sometimes our bodies express what we are otherwise unwilling, or unable to say.

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Mental Illness and Other People’s Standards

Mental Illness and Other People’s Standards

On acceptance, anxiety and guilt

Life with mental illness isn’t always fun. Not just because I have a real illness, and that real illness really does affect my life but because some folks have trouble accepting this. I’m not entirely sure why except they don’t like the thought that someone with mental illness can “zomg, look just like them,” and still be quite unwell.

That’s the thing about invisible illness: Once revealed, people around you may feel conned, manipulated, lied to. Even though you’ve done nothing wrong.

Yeah, I’m guilty of being unwell in the general vicinity, of having mental health issues and having a life anyway. Sorry about that. Next time I’ll wear my “mentally interesting” t-shirt so you can detect the crazy, before it gets in your Coke.
*passes the tin-foil hat*

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It’s Not Like I Can Say, “Well, I Only Have a Little Bit of PTSD”.

It’s Not Like I Can Say, “Well, I Only Have a Little Bit of PTSD”.

Even after all this talking, and doing, fixing, and mulling-over, and redoing, I still find that I go through stages of really, really disliking dealing with myself, all this: the anxiety.

  • I worry about the things that maybe I can’t fix.

That’s potentially the hardest thing to face about the words which preface my diagnosis; It isn’t PTSD. It’s ‘chronic, severe’ PTSD.

So you see, there’s really no getting out of it. I can’t say, “well, I only have a little post traumatic stress,” or “Anxiety only gets this bit of my life!”. It gets rather a lot, actually. And people with anxiety disorders don’t get nearly enough say about it. Not. nearly. enough.

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Helpless, Hopeless? It Doesn’t Have to Always Be That Way

Helpless, Hopeless? It Doesn’t Have to Always Be That Way

I come up against this wall plenty, in treating anxiety: Combating the sense of hopelessness, of powerlessness, that only too often accompanies the worst symptoms of anxiety disorders.

  • How do I not get stuck when simply feeling things seems way above my pay grade?

“If you know neither yourself nor your enemy,
you will always endanger yourself.”

The Art of War

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Is Anxiety Toxic? Mind-Body Solutions to Stress?

Is Anxiety Toxic? Mind-Body Solutions to Stress?

  • Is panic emotional pollution?

Running on adrenaline, cortisol -the fear center of the brain staging neurochemical warfare on your nervous system- is the equivalent of climate change. It’s dangerous. It’s doing your whole system damage you can’t even see: Forests for trees.

Anxiety: I can’t stand it anymore

Anxiety alters the way our minds and bodies respond to stress so that it’s harder, in the long term, to return to a state of calm and restfulness.

I can’t stand it anymore. If you have an anxiety disorder, you know what I mean.

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Anxiety: Have You Ever Felt Safe?

Anxiety: Have You Ever Felt Safe?

Have you ever felt safe?

Maybe that seems like a stupid question, and if it does, consider yourself lucky is about all I can say. My therapist asked me something like it once, and I ended up triggered, taking a 20 minute tangent via Intellectuals ‘R Us to pick up a freakin’ clue.

Look hard enough at most things in modern life and they are pretty scary.

Panic: Life = risk?

Life = risk? Is that as good as things get?? Well, catastrophizing ever so slightly less, life = many things but in amongst them, inevitably, is an element of risk.

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Panic: The Impossible Language of Fear

Panic: The Impossible Language of Fear

Anxiety manifests itself in the everyday, supposedly humdrum of it all, and fear has a way of telling me things which are otherwise impossible to speak; The things I cannot acknowledge must still be expressed, for so long as they are part of me, they will find ways to be.

And so it is that the common cliches that clutter up the mind become the stuff of our most intense anxieties, and preoccupations:

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What Do You Do When the Help Doesn’t Help? Anxiety

What Do You Do When the Help Doesn’t Help? Anxiety

  • What do you do if you feel stuck, helpless, hopeless, trapped, or in a crisis state?
  • What happens when the help you get isn’t enough, isn’t good enough, or just isn’t available at that time?

Treating anxiety: Life is more than a 50-minute slot

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