Being unable to visualize often gave me #anxiety. Learning that my blind imagination was called #aphantasia eased my anxiety by giving me a better understanding of myself.
Therapy can be grueling sometimes. Anybody who tells you differently is either lying or trying to soften the blow. Regardless, they've done you a disservice, in my opinion. In order to reap the benefits of therapy, a commitment to work hard in partnership with your therapist is required. I've engaged in trauma therapy to help with… Continue reading My Experience With EMDR Trauma Therapy
I've suffered from anxiety since I was a child, although I didn't get diagnosed until my late-30s. The often visceral symptoms of anxiety are hard enough for an adult to describe, let alone a child. The episodes I had as a child were scary, and while I tried to explain what was happening to my parents,… Continue reading Suffering Anxiety in Silence
Each time I stopped my antianxiety medication, I relapsed. The second time was worse than the first. The third time, I nearly lost my mind, and my life.
My anxiety is, thankfully, well managed right now. But six months ago, my anxiety was so bad that I couldn't escape the intrusive thoughts that taunted me to end it all. Continue reading on HealthyPlace.com. Feature image by Yuris Alhumaydy on Unsplash.
My imagination is blind, meaning I can't visualize. This neurodiversity is called aphantasia, and I was born with it. When I close my eyes and try to imagine something—an animal, a landscape, a person—all I see is black and grey and sometimes lava-lamp-like splotches of light purple and white. That's the extent of my visual… Continue reading Between Sleep and Awake – Where Someone with Aphantasia May “See” Imagery
I've had panic and anxiety since I was a child, undiagnosed, of course. I remember waking up out of a sound sleep in the middle of a panic attack, although I didn't know that's what it was at the time. My parents said I was having bad dreams, which I'm sure made sense to them.… Continue reading Acute Panic – Looking for Answers Where None Exist
While practicing self-care can seem counter-intuitive for some people, it is essential to managing mental illnesses like anxiety and achieving overall wellness.
Anxiety and panic symptoms can occur seemingly out of the blue, triggering fight-or-flight responses unexpectedly.
I've been drinking an average of two cups of caffeinated coffee a day for decades. Not a lot by some standards. I relished my first "cup of Joe" in the morning, appreciating the way it got me going. That second cup in the afternoon was the delicious pick-me-up I needed. I always knew that caffeine was a stimulant, but… Continue reading How Caffeine Affected My Anxiety