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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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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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I Don’t Need False Hope, or Fantasy: Mental Health Recovery

I Don’t Need False Hope, or Fantasy: Mental Health Recovery

Most days I feel like I’m breaking and entering -in search of a place I fit. A narcissistic fantasy? The inverse reflection of all the pain I’ve kept on ice… The parts of the story that are hoped for, soon forgotten, and incredibly unlikely to come true.

Living with anxiety: control?

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Mental Illness, Sardine Apocalypse. and No, I Can’t Magically Behave the Way You’d Prefer Me To

Mental Illness, Sardine Apocalypse. and No, I Can’t Magically Behave the Way You’d Prefer Me To

I’ve had serious anxiety issues since I was about 12, give or take. Growing up, I guess I internalized the way people look at you, when they think you’re crazy; The questions they ask, and the far more terrible ones they don’t.

Why can’t I deal with this mental health thing without causing so much trouble, anyway?!

Sometimes I feel like I just don’t get it; Like I can’t, or won’t, or something somewhere inside is keeping me from understanding enough about myself, mental health, how to heal things.

Anxiety: All in all, another brick in the wall?

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The Top CBT Tips for Psychologists

The Top CBT Tips for Psychologists

  • First, do no harm. Which MD or not, you are tinkering with my brain.
  • Listen, and don’t talk to me like I’m an idiot
  • Try using psychobabble and I let down the tires on your car

I doubt I’m alone in being disturbed by some of the language used to treat anxiety and mental health difficulties.

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I Hate Anxiety! The Physiology of Stress

I Hate Anxiety! The Physiology of Stress

The stress of an anxiety disorder can twist the fabric of life; I can’t see it the same way as I did before my “nervous condition” set in. This isn’t stage-fright, or make believe. It’s not masterpiece theatre. I did not get PTSD from watching too many Twilight Zone episodes.

But I am living my life just in case

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Talk Therapy: Whining is Good for the Soul

Talk Therapy: Whining is Good for the Soul

How does psychotherapy work?

Isn’t it just self-indulgent rubbish? What could talking ever accomplish?

Talk therapy is basically permission to bitch about anxiety, in a heavily supervised and hopefully well-structured manner.

Seriously, even if it’s only with one person in your life, and you happen to pay them: whine, vent, cry, squeal, delight and dream. Then do it all again next week. It’s good for you!

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Mental Illness: It Matters If You Tell! |Trauma and Anxiety

Mental Illness: It Matters If You Tell! |Trauma and Anxiety

“It’ll go away, it just needs time, then I won’t have to worry anymore…

It wasn’t a big deal, or if it was it doesn’t matter now. It’s over. I’m fine, and I have all these anxiety coping skills. What’s there to talk about anyway?”

I can’t count the number of times I’ve thought that way about my mental health.

The message of silence is one that trauma survivors, and those with mental illness receive loud and clear, from society and often very directly from those closest to them. Most internalize it so deeply that it’s years before they realize it isn’t their voice. That it never was. That it doesn’t have to be.

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A Cure for Anxiety?

A Cure for Anxiety?

What would it be like not to live with anxiety?

Most days all I’ve got is a deer in headlights expression to go with the sign that says ‘wrong way, go back!’ so no, I don’t have a cure for anxiety. But I have some ideas.

I think about that John Lennon song, Imagine – in that kind of world, anxiety wouldn’t exist; Maybe it never existed. Maybe I’m not afraid.

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