trauma
Anxiety, Mental Health, Panic, Trauma

A Successful Return to the Place Where Trauma Occurred

Last summer I suffered weeks of traumatizing panic and anxiety. After a year of hard work in trauma therapy, I successfully returned to where the worst of it occurred.

suicide and intrusive thoughts
Anxiety, Intrusive thoughts, Mental Health, Panic, Suicide, Trauma

Where Thoughts of Suicide and Intrusive Thoughts Converge

In 2012, I stared at a palmful of pills intent on suicide. Recently, I suffered bouts of disturbing intrusive thoughts. Seeking support saved me.

trauma
Anxiety, Mental Health, Panic

Preparing to Revisit the Scene of a Traumatic Event

As I prepare to revisit the place I experienced the worst trauma of my life, I'm proactively taking steps and taking stock of my panic- and anxiety-mitigation toolkit.

recovery
Anxiety, Mental Health, Panic

Reaching a Milestone in Trauma Recovery

Trauma recovery has been hard work. Though I thought I would never be myself again, my persistence and positivity are paying off and I've achieved a significant milestone.

mental illness
Anxiety, Mental Health, Panic

How My Late Pup Helped Me Through Mental Illness

I never had a dog so I was amazed by how intuitive they are, being able to sense our feelings. My dog helped me through mental illness including bouts of depression and anxiety.

physiological sigh
Anxiety, Mental Health, Panic

Using the Physiological Sigh to Manage Anxiety

I use the physiological sigh as a way to help balance the oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in my body which can occur during elevated anxiety and panic.

managing my anxiety
Anxiety, Mental Health, Panic

Managing My Anxiety When Medical Tests Are Pending

Awaiting medical tests and results never bothered me. Recently, my doctor asked for a special cancer test. My anxiety is up, and doomsday thinking is my latest challenge.

hobby helps my anxiety
Anxiety, Mental Health, Panic, Trauma

How Having a Hobby Helps My Anxiety

Having a hobby helps my anxiety. Doing pottery helps channel my thoughts and energy in a new direction. It gets me out of my head and gives me a renewed sense of accomplishment.

Anxiety, Mental Health, Panic, Trauma

Understanding My Guilt and Shame Is Helping Me Heal

Understanding the guilt and shame elicited by my acute panic and anxiety, both when it occurred and months later during therapy, is helping me heal.

Mental Health, Anxiety, Panic, Trauma

Positive Affirmations and Adaptive Thoughts Resulting From Therapy

As positive affirmations are said with forethought, they may seem forced. Coupled with therapy, adaptive thoughts soon emerge to help reframe distressing events.