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Anxiety Disorders: Can You Fake It ’til You Make It?

Anxiety Disorders: Can You Fake It ’til You Make It?

Anxiety disorders can seem to shut people down, bound by too much worry and frozen in fear. “Fake it ’til you make it,” is a piece of friendly(ish) advice meant to motivate and encourage. At its essence, “fake it ’til you make it” assures people that they don’t have to feel confident in order to move forward. “Fake it ’til you make it” says it’s possible to get up and go no matter what. Is there truth in this, especially when it comes to anxiety disorders?

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Anxiety and Personality Type

Anxiety and Personality Type

I once had a therapist whom I admired, respected, and trusted who observed during a particular session that I have an anxious personality. Hmm. What, I wondered, did that actually mean? Is that better than the anxiety disorders I had previously been diagnosed with? Or was it worse, because β€œdisorder” implies that something can be improved, whereas a personality is just what it is? Of course my anxiety skyrocketed and I set out to discover what personality has to do with anxiety.

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How Agoraphobia Affects My Life

How Agoraphobia Affects My Life

Those who suffer from agoraphobia alone or panic disorder with agoraphobia know too well the debilitating symptoms associated with this anxiety disorder. Agoraphobics live under a constant state of dread as though there is something “fundamentally wrong with the universe and stepping out the door will invite the wrongness in,” says our guest, Kelly Brumbelow.

Agoraphobia forces sufferers to avoid panic attack triggers related to people, places and things. Over time and without treatment, the triggers can become quite extensive until the agoraphobic’s movements are limited to only a few safe places.

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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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Self Care in Recovery and Life

Self Care in Recovery and Life

I took off a week off blogging, and after a mini breakdown of anxiety and panic attacks, I wanted to discuss in detail the importance of self care, and healthy coping skills not only in early sobriety, but in life as well. I will be on vacation next week and feel really passionate about this topic so I did two vlogs to talk about struggles, healthy coping skills, self care, and how it is important to take care of ourselves before we can help anyone else. I hope you enjoy and look forward to coming back in two weeks refreshed from my vacation off all media, internet and lounging by the pool in palm springs! If you want a funny puppy story definitely watch the second video πŸ™‚

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Living with Severe Anxiety

Living with Severe Anxiety

Watch our video interview with Justin Dobbs, whose anxiety and panic attacks are so severe his doctor said it's the worst case of anxiety he's seen in Indiana.

Many years ago, I took a prescription drug that had an intolerable side-effect: severe anxiety. I couldn’t sit still. I couldn’t concentrate. I felt like I was coming out of my skin. After about six weeks I couldn’t stand it anymore and my doctor prescribed a different drug. Though I live with chronic, problematic anxiety, it rarely rises to the level of what I experienced while on that drug. I wonder about people who struggle all the time with such severe anxiety and panic attacks. I wouldn’t have been able to function if I’d had to keep taking that drug. How do other people cope with debilitating anxiety disorders?

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Sorry, Too Busy Panicking to Breathe: Anxiety, Depression and General Incoherence

Sorry, Too Busy Panicking to Breathe: Anxiety, Depression and General Incoherence

Why don’t joy and serenity keep? No preservatives added? They take manufacturing, and time. It’s costly – the emotional equivalent of organic, artisanal goods. And boy, they’re a must to be locally produced. Anxiety and depression, however, they pack pretty well. Available in store now.

Clearly, this is one of those comorbid days. I had, honest I had, written some (semi-)coherent posts about theoretically helpful things. Right now I’m too restless and moody to care for how-to tips and things I’ve been reliably informed by people who’ve never suffered from an anxiety disorder. Yeah, this is a bit beyond blue. Grr.

No, that isn’t a real word. No, I still don’t care how totally un-Zen this post is. (Not a word either.)

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Body Image Distortions, BDD with Rebecca

Body Image Distortions, BDD with Rebecca

Rebecca has Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Her issues revolve around perceived facial deformities and other body image problems. Watch her now. HealthyPlace TV Show.

Imagine the psychological torture of being told by others that you look fine, yet inside, you know that your (perceived) physical deformities make you unattractive. That is the crux of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).

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Living with Social Anxiety Disorder – Oct. 20

Living with Social Anxiety Disorder – Oct. 20

Aimee's Social Anxiety Disorder revolves around eating in front of others. Discover what it's like living with social anxiety disorder, SAD. Watch Aimee's story.

Have you ever been uncomfortable in social situations? Have you ever felt nervous about a first date, before a big presentation or public performance, or maybe your first day at a new job? These situations often make the heart beat rapidly and cause sweat to build.

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