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.

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Mental Health, Anxiety, Panic

How I Feel After EMDR Therapy

A little while ago I wrote about my experience with eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. I had never heard of EMDR until my therapist, who specializes in trauma therapy, introduced it to me as a way to treat the panic and anxiety I experience associated with a trauma I recently suffered. Now, I'd like to share a video on how I feel… Continue reading How I Feel After EMDR Therapy

Aphantasia, Anxiety, Mental Health

Learning I Have Aphantasia Helped Ease My Anxiety

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.

Mental Health, Anxiety, Panic

My Experience With EMDR Trauma Therapy

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

Mental Health, Anxiety

Suffering Anxiety in Silence

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

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Mental Health, Anxiety, Panic, Suicide

Weaning Off Antianxiety Medication Then Having to Resume Them

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.

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Mental Health, Anxiety, Panic

Acute Panic – Looking for Answers Where None Exist

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

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Mental Health, Anxiety, Panic

How I Coped With an Unexpected Anxiety Trigger

Anxiety and panic symptoms can occur seemingly out of the blue, triggering fight-or-flight responses unexpectedly.

caffeine and anxiety
Mental Health, Anxiety, Panic

How Caffeine Affected My Anxiety

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