Those of us with anxiety disorders tend to steer away from situations that (we think) will induce high anxiety or panic. Here is why you should not avoid discomfort and what you can do to grow stronger. I have lived with anxiety for most of my life and it grew worse with age. I avoided … Continue reading Growing through Discomfort
This past Thursday marked 90 days since I was admitted to the hospital from overwhelming anxiety. I can't say that I'm totally cured but hell, what fun would that be anyway?! I can say without a doubt that I am feeling better than I have in years, on a fraction of the meds and am … Continue reading 90 Days Out!
My anxiety disorder made me feel I wasn't strong enough, man enough or good enough. Society tells me (and the collective male sex) that men must be strong and not show any signs of weakness. Terms like "suck it up, "be a man" and "don't be a pussy" firmly support this. Our male role models … Continue reading Anxiety in Men
Today I had the honor and humbling experience of speaking at the anxiety treatment program where I spent weeks learning how to accept anxiety. I completed outpatient therapy for my anxiety disorder two months ago (already?!) When I started program I was at rock-bottom. I had lost hope that I could live life with my … Continue reading Speaking at Anxiety Program
The link between alcohol, depressive and anxiety disorders It is widely known, and speaking from personal experience, that those with anxiety and depressive disorders are more likely to drink alcohol since it is readily-available and can bring (short-term) relief to anyone feeling nervous, anxious or stressed in a self-medicating fashion. Alcohol and Anxiety Anxiety and … Continue reading Bad Medicine: Alcohol, Depression and Anxiety
If you have experienced a panic attack you have probably felt like the end was near since panic feels like utter despair, fright and doom to whomever it attacks. However if we look at panic and anxiety attacks from a scientific, fact-based perspective we can start to defuse them from irrational, debilitating, racing thoughts. Personally … Continue reading All the Feels of a Panic Attack