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Farewell from Treating Anxiety (+Anxiety Resources)

Farewell from Treating Anxiety (+Anxiety Resources)

Many thanks to everyone who has read and commented here at Treating Anxiety over the past 18 months. This is my final post so Happy Holidays. Here’s hoping 2012 brings us peace, however small the moments in which it’s found.

For all the closeness the Christmas period purports to bring into our lives it can also come with a dose of loneliness, the pang of isolation, or the strange unknowing of the world that is disconnection or dissociation. To counter that sort of thing I’ll be participating in a mindfulness exercise of a global scale: A River of Stones

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Good Girls Can Be Gutsy, too. Using Assertiveness to Treat Anxiety

Good Girls Can Be Gutsy, too. Using Assertiveness to Treat Anxiety

All too often women are presented with the black/white thought that they can be either ‘good’, or get what they want. Not true!

First, what do we mean by ‘good’? Every girl grows up learning what this means in her family, school, and eventually professional life. Whatever your definition, whatever ‘the rules’ are for you, they’re probably more flexible than you imagine. Even if you experience anxiety (really).

Second, strength isn’t being tough on yourself

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Abuse, Anxiety and Mental Health (A Short Film)

Abuse, Anxiety and Mental Health (A Short Film)

I’m sharing this deeply moving, powerful short film not simply because abuse is a topic around which there cannot be too much awareness but because anxiety doesn’t come from nowhere. Abuse isn’t the only cause (there are many, even if you have been abused) but the effects of abuse are inseparable from mental health, whether or not you have a clinically diagnosable mental illness.

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Relationships and Anxiety: Emotional Unavailability

Relationships and Anxiety: Emotional Unavailability

When we commit to a relationship, it comes with an expectation of emotional equivalency. If one person is pressured more than the other (a lot more than just mental health issues there) conflict can arise. Anxiety doesn’t typically make for emotional consistency but freedom of expression within relationships can help.

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Waking Up with Anxiety. Why Can’t I Just Get Out of Bed?

Waking Up with Anxiety. Why Can’t I Just Get Out of Bed?

Is your anxiety worse in the morning? Do you think, ‘why can’t I just get out bed’?

I’m rarely on speaking terms with breakfast. The thought of getting up, a whole new day, it can be paralyzing. I’m told it isn’t this way for everyone. Nor does a cup of coffee fix it, would that it could. If you have an anxiety disorder, or experience panic, it’s not uncommon to find mornings particularly tough.

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The New Science of Sleep: Nightmares and Anxiety

The New Science of Sleep: Nightmares and Anxiety

It’s odd. Sometimes I get woken up by nightmares. (That part’s not so odd, what with the PTSD n’all.) Full-on sweating through my pyjamas in a very non-sexy manner nightmares, so what do I do? Rollover and go back to sleep. You might be tempted to ask why, and I doubt I’m alone in the answer.

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Is There a Difference Between an Anxiety and a Panic Attack?

Is There a Difference Between an Anxiety and a Panic Attack?

I could just say yes but that would make this very short. If this seems a bit 101 it may be but I was asked and I thought it worth the post.

Panic attacks are well-defined things. It isn’t a notional concept. The terms anxiety attack and panic attack are not synonymous. For all that they’re commonly conflated (I’m guilty), they are distinct; In nature, process, treatment, and consequence.

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Anxiety. Does It Have to Be Like This?

Anxiety. Does It Have to Be Like This?

The anxious and curious mind

What motivates anxiety? In a sense being human is experiencing discomfort, then doing something about it. Whether that’s the fear of mice that means a better mousetrap or dissatisfaction with the world that raises great ambition.

Anxiety makes me question everything. It forces its way into my head, fills it with future discomfort so that I fear not only probablity, but possibility. Natural questions become difficult to bear and I’m walking on eggshells with the weight of ‘why?’, ‘what if’, ‘does it have to be this way?’,

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What Do I Tell My Partner About Panic?

What Do I Tell My Partner About Panic?

  • How do I explain anxiety to my spouse, lover, friends?

I really don’t think you can do it without first coming to grips with the idea that the people we love may never fully know, and probably won’t “get it” the way we hope. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be valuable allies in managing anxiety issues.

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Why Does Psychotherapy Work? Manage Anxiety

Why Does Psychotherapy Work? Manage Anxiety

Clearly, psychotherapy doesn’t work for everyone. Some more than others. The bigger question, the real question, is why it works at all.

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