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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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Anxiety: I Know 200 Ways to Say ‘I’m Fine’

Anxiety: I Know 200 Ways to Say ‘I’m Fine’

Anxiety forces you to say 'I'm fine,' even when you're not. You can do better for yourself and get to the end of anxiety quicker, by answering these questions.It’s easy to get into the habit of not addressing your needs when you have anxiety. I’m yet to meet someone dealing with anxiety who doesn’t know 200 ways to say “I’m fine” to paint a rosy picture of life. But treating anxiety is about understanding your reality, not what a perfect reality might be or the reality Jo Normal experiences.

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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?

Coping with morning anxiety. Tips to start the day and manage panic. From Kate White, Treating Anxiety blog.

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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The Links Between Anxiety, Anger and Depression

The Links Between Anxiety, Anger and Depression

Anger can be the match that sparks a dip in your mood or a bout with anxiety, and according to what I’ve been reading recently this is because the part of your brain that normally keeps a lid on angry feelings is impaired when you’re depressed.

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When to Disclose an Anxiety Disorder

When to Disclose an Anxiety Disorder

Following on from last week’s article on why to disclose an anxiety disorder, I thought I’d say a little about when to disclose an anxiety because it is, perhaps, as important as why. I’d been talking about the necessary value of revealing secrets in recovering from a mental health issue. In discussing that, Holly Gray, HealthyPlace’s recently-retired Dissociative Living blogger, mentioned that doing so doesn’t mean giving up one’s right to privacy.

This isn’t gossip, it’s your life.

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Why Disclose an Anxiety Disorder?

Why Disclose an Anxiety Disorder?

Disclosing an anxiety disorder matters, because a lot of people feel they don’t. And you should tell the people that matter to you, the people that form the everyday backbone of your relationships, whether that’s in the form of colleagues or more intimate members of family or friendship circles. Tell them because choosing not to takes something away from those relationships, because an anxiety disorder is a significant part of your life and some of the healing comes in accepting that.

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