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Bowing Out–Goodbye, and Thank You

Bowing Out–Goodbye, and Thank You

Cheryl Slavin says goodbye to HealthyPlace to better care for herself and her anxiety disorders.Saying goodbye has never been easy for me. Usually, I would obsess over my decision to stop blogging on this website. Unfortunately, I just don’t have the time to devote to writing that I would like because of my full-time job and family responsibilities.

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Does Social Media Cause Anxiety or Help Anxiety?

Does Social Media Cause Anxiety or Help Anxiety?

Does social media cause anxiety or help reduce it? Learn why social media does (and doesn't) create anxiety for this anxiety sufferer at HealthyPlace. Does social media cause your anxiety? Join us for the discussion.

Does social media cause anxiety or not? Though social media is often seen as something that provokes anxiety, I find that social media platforms can be useful in alleviating my anxiety symptoms. I am anxious when I see disturbing news or opposing political views on my social media. But having an online support group for my anxiety disorders and my life, post-divorce, has been invaluable to me. For this and many other reasons, I find my social media to be a bit of a double-edged sword regarding anxiety management and knowing whether social media is causing anxiety.

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Doubt and Uncertainty

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Doubt and Uncertainty

OCD doubt and worry can become obsessions that make you second-guess your every move. Learn one method for dealing with OCD doubt and uncertainty here. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) doubt and uncertainty is something I’ve struggled with since I was a young child. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is often dubbed “the doubting disease” because it makes you second-guess yourself. And uncertainty about life can make my anxiety skyrocket. Obsessive-compulsive disorder doubt and uncertainty about life can be debilitating, but I am finding small ways to cope.

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Anxiety While Driving — Conquering Life’s Left Turns with GAD

Anxiety While Driving — Conquering Life’s Left Turns with GAD

Anxiety while driving commonly affects people with anxiety disorders and without. My anxiety while driving hasn't kept me home. Explore driving anxiety here.

Anxiety while driving is commonplace for me. Due to generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), my brain magnifies my anxiety while driving. Even driving to a nearby store turns into a worst-case scenario in my mind’s eye. Some of this anxiety seems reasonable. Other fears involve driving activities that don’t distress the average person. When I drive, there is a specific driving anxiety I can’t conquer. I have a fear of getting into a car accident while making left turns in traffic.

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Anxiety in Romantic Relationships — It’s Complicated

Anxiety in Romantic Relationships — It’s Complicated

Anxiety in romantic relationships adds an extra level of complication. Learn about anxiety in your romantic relationships and how to counteract its effects.Anxiety in romantic relationships, for better or worse, complicates love. I’ve had a variety of significant others. Some partners were supportive of my mental conditions, while others were not sympathetic to any significant degree. I’ve had to deal with many problems, such as rejection and anxiety about the state of my relationships. Though anxiety complicates my romantic relationships, it doesn’t make romance impossible for me.

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Three Hobbies to Calm Anxiety that Work for Me

Three Hobbies to Calm Anxiety that Work for Me

Hobbies to calm anxiety include different things for different people. Here are my coping tools -- the three hobbies I use to calm my anxiety. Take a look.

Hobbies can calm anxiety, and I use them as self-help in my daily mental health struggles. A friend recently asked me what alleviates my anxiety. I quickly quipped that I’m always anxious, and then I realized that isn’t exactly true. My passions—music, reading, and writing—may never make me rich. But these hobbies allow me to calm my anxiety and are valuable mental health self-help tools.

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Why Does OCD Makes You Doubt Yourself?

Why Does OCD Makes You Doubt Yourself?

OCD makes you doubt yourself and become your own worst critic. Here, I explore the many ways in which OCD skews my self-perception and makes you doubt yourself.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) makes me doubt myself, turning me into my own worst critic. Self-deprecation is my specialty. “Don’t be so hard on yourself,” is a phrase I hear from someone else every other day. And yes, I am hard on myself, but I feel I am not as hard on myself as I should be. I had an entirely different article written and dismissed it as being (choice phrases that I won’t say on this blog). It is difficult to live in a partially self-constructed mental prison. Obsessive-compulsive disorder makes me doubt myself. It makes me my own worst critic of everything I do, say, or think. 

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Health Insurance Anxiety–Minding the Gap

Health Insurance Anxiety–Minding the Gap

My health insurance anxiety is peaking because I can no longer afford insurance. I'm terrified. I have three anxiety disorders. What am I supposed to do now?

My anxiety over health insurance since my divorce 15 months ago, is increasing daily. While married, I was covered as a dependent under Tricare, the military’s insurance. When I moved to Idaho and eventually divorced, I found myself in what is called “the gap” in Idaho’s health care coverage.1 It is a hole in Idaho’s health insurance plan where thousands of Idahoans do not have affordable access to healthcare coverage. Because my daughter is on her father’s insurance, I am not eligible for Medicaid. As it stands, I receive no tax credit for insurance because of my income bracket. Therefore, affordable rates for health insurance aren’t available to me. I need anxiety treatment, and this anxiety over health insurance is not helping.

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My So-Called Life with Social Anxiety Disorder

My So-Called Life with Social Anxiety Disorder

Life with social anxiety is hard every day, whether I'm grocery shopping or socializing. Learn tips for living life with social anxiety disorder (SAD) here.My life with social anxiety disorder (SAD) isn’t much of a life. When faced with strangers, my social phobia causes me to avoid physical proximity, eye contact, and small talk. Though normally well-spoken, the attention of others causes me to stumble over my words. Thoughts of job interviews or parties send me into a panic. I am often frightened when faced with a crowd. Daily life with SAD is unnerving and often unpleasant.

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My Life Is Chaos but I Must Cope with Anxiety Anyway

My Life Is Chaos but I Must Cope with Anxiety Anyway

My life is chaos, and sometimes I don't know how I manage it. Coping with anxiety can be difficult in a life of chaos, but it is not impossible. Try these tips.My life is chaos and that makes coping with anxiety difficult. In this house, there is always something going on, whether it’s family drama, the dogs barking at everything, or something essential changing. At present, there is no clear path to my desk because my aunt recently moved in. I know I will go to the storage unit soon and fix this overcrowded situation. In the meantime, it is hard not to let the abundance of personal belongings drive me to distraction. For me, I have to find ways to get things done with anxiety even when life is in chaos.

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