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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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Anxiety: Why You Think You’re Crazy but Probably Aren’t

Anxiety: Why You Think You’re Crazy but Probably Aren’t

Feel free to question my emotional competence but I’m not insane. For that matter, most people with mental illness are not insane.

This may be obvious but for many it’s not. Anyway, how many times have you thought, ‘oh goodness, I must be really losing it this time’ during the course of mental health difficulties?
It’s a common concern that can dramatically increase the amount of anxiety a person experiences. It may also inhibit their ability to trust, and to ask for help.

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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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When Anxiety Spells Doom: How Harold Camping Makes Us Doubt Ourselves

When Anxiety Spells Doom: How Harold Camping Makes Us Doubt Ourselves

Tomorrow is Judgment Day, according to the followers of Harold Camping. Believers say they will be taken up to Heaven, while the rest of us anxiously await the apocalypse, come October 21 2011.

I have to ask:

  • If the end of the world is tomorrow, why don’t more of us believe it?

Anxiety and ego strength

The answer says a lot about the way people deal with self-doubt, anxiety. And this is just one example of catastrophic, prepare-thyselves thinking.

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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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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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Treating Anxiety And Self-Worth

Treating Anxiety And Self-Worth

Treating anxiety and my self-worth walk the same path, as much as I hate to admit it. When it comes to anxiety and panic – I don’t want to see it. I don’t want to feel it. I do want to fight it, and I do want to help, or at least find the kind of help that helps. But that is far, far easier said than done. When the way I’m treating anxiety fails, my self-worth falters, too.

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Anxiety: The ‘Life is a Chessboard’ Trap

Anxiety: The ‘Life is a Chessboard’ Trap

Anxiety fills a room, even if it’s empty. Uncanny but it manages, almost every time. The claws in my head grow wings, sprout tentacles, take over: my room, the house, the neighbourhood, and soon entire nations… What?! Oh, wait.

Gradually, then all at once. That’s how this stuff works because of course at first I am only dimly aware of it. It’s not really an issue. The panic isn’t big enough I’m tripping over it. Yet.

Beyond black and white thinking

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