About Kate White, Author of 'Treating Anxiety Blog'
I'm a 28 year old writer-photographer, poet and politico. Born in Australia, I've lived in Manhattan, London and Philadelphia, and have been blogging, tweeting and advocating about mental health issues for more than three years.
I'm your sister, your cousin, your friend; an old woman, or that kid playing in the yard across the street. Hi. My name is Kate White, and I'm 1 in 4. Haven't heard that statistic before? Then you should know that 25% of the world's population will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives.
And if you want to talk numbers, let's talk about the fact that I was 14 when the doctor told me I had Depression. Not the moderate, 'here, take a couple of pills and see me next month' variety, but the very-possibly-kill-you-stone-dead-with-great-ease-if-left-untreated kind. Then let's talk about the 3 hours sleep I average on a good night, the days lost to panic attacks, flashbacks and migraines, or the hundreds of hungry, raging thoughts that grate against my skin...
The good news? There are lots of things the numbers don't tell you, and that doctors can't either. This blog is about just those things, about getting beyond the anxiety and experiencing safety, even joy. It's about the questions that we usually ignore: How do I keep going? Why can't I 'just relax'? What is it like to finally, finally, be able to breathe?
Treating Anxiety reaches into the day-to-day to pull out the odd rabbit called Relief, served with some anecdotal evidence and a dash of good faith. Because it isn't easy to look at the things that scare us most but it is worth it: nobody wants to live in fear.
So think of me as a dose of determination, and a hand held out whenever it's too much to stand.
Treating Anxiety Welcome Video
If you'd like to get to know Kate a bit better, go ahead and watch this video:
White, K. (2010, July 25). About Kate White, Author of 'Treating Anxiety Blog', HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, August 19 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/treatinganxiety/2010/07/about-kate-white-author-of-treating-anxiety-blog
Author: Kate White
My name is Samantha and I am currently completing my Master's of Arts in Counselling Psychology. I am in the midst of completing my capstone project, which consists of a resource book for clinicians that encompasses CBT interventions, strategies, fact sheets, etc. This manual will not be published, but rather, will just be used as a resource book at our clinic amongst 5-10 other clinicians who choose to use it for therapeutic interventions and techniques with their clients. Also, my professor will have access to the resource manual, as she will be grading the project.
I am writing you to request permission to use the article titled, ’Top 21 anxiety grounding techniques'. I noticed this image on the following website
If granted your permission, I would incorporate this article into my masters project manual, with the correct APA reference cited below the image used. I would be honoured to include the resource you have developed, into the small manual I am putting together, to better help the client's we serve.
I look forward to hearing from you.
I'd love to offer some suggestions. First, if it's OK to ask, what have you tried - beyond meds, that is?
And I wasn't quite sure what you meant by being limited on your medical due to narrow angles in your eyes...?
I'm glad you have faith in your life though. It's great to have something that feels safe, and can act as a base for you. If you're feeling like you don't want to leave the house because of the anxiety attacks - that's called agoraphobia. it's really a pretty common response to having anxiety attacks. you start to fear the fear.
generally that means it's a good time to look for psychotherapy, if you haven't already.
get as much support in your life as possible. it sounds like you're doing OK on that front, if there are people holding you in their prayers. is there anybody who could come over from your Church group, perhaps, and pray with you as you did simple things like go to the mailbox or sit outside for a few minutes? if you can do those things with someone safe, it may help to get the fear to let go its grip. little by little.
of course i'm going to say it'd probably be worth talking to your doctor. i'm not a medical professional and with just a quick comment to go by it's hard to pick what would be most useful for you right now. if you haven't asked your doctor about benzodiazapines instead of antidepressant medications then that might be worth looking into?
do you use things like grounding techniques every day? and do you feel like you're able to use relaxation/breathing techniques effectively? those sorts of things can really make a difference - though they tend to take a lot of work/time and getting used to, to make them a habit that's just there. something reliable. a touch stone.
and how safe are you feeling in general? that's one of the core parts of healing, i think. establishing something of a baseline sense of safety, within yourself and then you can maybe start to build up more possibilities from that.
Glad your fishing expedition was pleasant. Seriously though, thank you for listening, and hearing.
It was nice to hear your voice. Looking forward to see you many times more. Good luck with all that you do!!
Danke, darling :D Glad you made it here. I was just thinking of you last night, actually.
Take care :) x
Yay. Thx! Am looking forward to getting to muse more often. (Speaking of, where is my Muse? she seems to have wandered off, and it's not even breakfast!)
However, in terms of "all the way around," anxiety is arguably the most pervasive sign and symptom of mental illnesses and disorders. Could we dare to find a single one where anxiety does not present itself? At least at some point?
As per CK, also may have some ideas.
Thank you, hun. LOL Your puns are fabulous, as usual.
It's pervasive, alright. That's one of the reasons I'm talking about it. I mean, almost everyone can relate to aspects of it, in one way or another. Maybe not to the level of disorder but even still. I mean, how many "stress management" seminars are there out there, right?! A lot of people are stressed and feeling it more and more and worrying more and more. We don't live in an easy world, to say the least.
As for how it goes regards actual disorders, of course it's something you have to look at -- if you don't have anxiety under control then it's incredibly hard to do any kind of therapy, obviously, or for meds to work optimally. And I have to agree, it definitely seems to present itself in a whole lot of ways and contexts. Interesting.
Thank you. That's a really lovely comment. Not to say what you're going through is lovely. Hardly! But just to think that you even feel encouraged enough to come back and maybe give some of the things I'll be chatting about a go. That's pretty cool, to me.
I have definitely been in that situation of knowing I could do things 'once upon a time' and then just having so much going on in my head that it's too much to handle in the present. So yeah, I hope I can be around to help with that, for sure. :)
And you know the reasons for the fear etc. matter less, at the time you're going through all that, than finding small, quite simple ways to get unstuck again; Taking a few steps, gently getting closer to the stuff that's keeping you from getting where you want to be and finding what you could do, if only you weren't living in fear.
Yes, yes and yes! :) Creativity can be such a good friend to folks with anxiety issues. Absolutely.
Listening to your story I can't help but think it must have only been natural for you to fall into the 'caretaker' role. But I'm very glad to hear you found some ways to break free of that. Those things seem reasonably simple, and they are if you experience them growing up, but if you don't then it can be pretty tricky to try and fit them back into your life/heart again as an adult. I think you probably need a fair bit of space from the dynamics that were that 'norm' to even begin to see what an asset having more options is!
What a great comment. Thank you!
Yes, I definitely know what you mean about the desire for isolation sometimes. I think it's related to anxiety, for sure but it can also be a warning sign of Depression or simply a matter of personality type. I could go into a whole long thing about that but how about I just add it to my to-post list and hopefully you can check that out soon :)
It's good to hear you're able to use the coping skills you've learned to help with the panic attacks. That takes a lot of work and time and dedication but oh my goodness, it's so worth it, isn't it?!
It can be so hard to be the one someone in genuine need 'needs' - especially a parent - no matter how much your heart says be there for them. Hard for anybody but with anxiety stuff to balance as well... Well yeah, you just can find it a struggle to even begin to think straight sometimes. So I'm very glad if something I said could help a little with all that's on your plate right now.
I'll be writing/discussing about lots of the stuff panic disorder and agoraphobia bring up. Hopefully you'll pop by again sometime.