Anxiety, dissociation, Mental Health, Panic Disorder, Trauma

Recognizing Symptoms of Dissociation

Feelings of dissociation can be terrifying. On top of the already horrific acute, prolonged panic symptoms I was suffering, in an out-of-body utter state of confusion, I looked at my husband and asked, “Are you going to have me committed?” Continue reading on HealthyPlace.com.

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Anxiety, dissociation, Mental Health

When Confrontation Triggers Anxiety

We’ve all had to make that dreaded call to customer service to report an issue. Something has gone wrong, so you’re already ticked off, but you do your best to proceed politely. Or, at least, I do. Most times, the issue is resolved quickly and with minimal upset. But then there’s that one frustrating experience where nothing goes right, and the resolutions are unacceptable, which triggers so much anxiety that you feel you’ll either explode or simply shut down. Continue reading on HealthyPlace.com.

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Anxiety, Mental Health

Increased Anxiety From News and Social Media

Growing up, I left the room when my parents turned on the nightly news. I had no interest. Besides, it was all bad news, or so it seemed: wars, fires, shootings, murders, robberies, injustices, bickering politicians, and so on. No, thank you.  Continue reading on HealthyPlace.com.

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Anxiety, Mental Health

Cleaning and Anxiety

Nobody likes cleaning. Wait. That’s not right, because I’ve known people who enjoy cleaning as it provides a sense of accomplishment or something else I can’t comprehend. Not me. I hate cleaning. Especially the big jobs. They give me anxiety. Of course, I procrastinate, the job gets bigger, and my anxiety increases. So I procrastinate some more. And again and again. A circle of procrastination and anxiety that eventually must be tackled. Continue reading on HealthyPlace.com.

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Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

How Much Sleep Is Too Much Sleep?

I sleep a lot. I always have. From a certain point of view, I’m lucky that I can sleep, but it’s rarely enough. This was worse when I had young children to look after, plus a house, a spouse, and a full-time job that had me up nights resolving issues. Like so many working people worldwide, my remedy to combat sleepiness and fatigue was to guzzle coffee. But I’m retired now, a young retiree at 57. I had hoped to be full of energy without the burden of full-time work. I thought once I retired and got ample regulated sleep, that the feeling of sleepiness would go away. It hasn’t. Continue reading on HealthyPlace.com.

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Anxiety, Mental Health, Panic Disorder, Trauma

Does Therapy Still Make Sense for Me?

I’ve written many blogs this past year about my struggles late last summer with weeks of acute panic and anxiety that left me traumatized. I attended weekly therapy and worked hard for almost a year to get to a point where I could finally revisit the place where the worst of the trauma occurred, which I did, successfully. With that said, I’m wondering if therapy still makes sense for me. Continue reading on HealthyPlace.com.

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Anxiety, Mental Health

Making Mistakes Gives Me Anxiety, but I’m Improving

Nobody is perfect. Another way of saying that is: everybody makes mistakes. They’re an opportunity for growth—something about failing forward, or, without mistakes, there is no progress, and so on. Some people take their mistakes in stride, learning the lessons and moving forward, seemingly unconcerned. As for me, whenever I make or may make a mistake, I deal with anxiety bombs of varying sizes that go off inside me, rendering me twitchy, edgy, and generally a mess. Continue reading on HealthyPlace.com.

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Anxiety, Mental Health

Feeling Unworthy of My Anxiety

I was in my late thirties when I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). As a child of the ’60s born of immigrant parents who survived both the Great Depression and World War II—each of them with their own harrowing experiences—I was raised with a “don’t complain, pull up your bootstraps and get on with it” mentality. As such, I grew up feeling unworthy of my anxiety. Continue reading on HealthyPlace.com.

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