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Overcoming Anxiety | 7 Healthy Methods That Actually Work

Overcoming anxiety is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever experienced. The everyday demands of life, between paying bills, working, staying connected to family, and trying to stay healthy, can turn any person’s life into nothing short of an anxious mess. You might be a person who has dealt with anxiety all their lives, or maybe this is something new only to your adult… 

Brain Awareness Month | It’s Not Just Alzheimer’s

Brain Awareness Month is this June, and while the emphasis is on raising awareness for Alzheimer’s and dementia, it’s important to note overall brain health and how we can take preventative actions. When we think of mental health, we might get so focused on the brain that we forget external factors and how we take care of our bodies can be just as important as… 

Relationship With Anxiety | How to Be With Anxious People

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I suffer from generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and when people ask me how to be in a relationship with anxiety — that is, how to be in a relationship with someone who has anxiety disorders — the first thing I think about is this: Patience. Being in a Relationship With Anxiety Requires Patience The hardest thing for me to… 

EMDR and Trauma — How EMDR Can Help You Feel Better About Yourself

While cognitive therapies can be powerful and work wonders over time, many patients just can’t wait that long—that’s why I started using EMDR to treat trauma. If there is one thing that every patient I see wants to work on, it is feeling better about themselves. Whether it’s low self-esteem or self-worth, or feelings of guilt and shame, most of the patients I work with… 

What It’s Like to Have Anxiety

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What it’s like to have anxiety is like having a rock on your chest. It’s like having your breath taken away in the worst way possible. It’s like this low-level, unplaceable fear that comes from nowhere and everywhere. Anxiety is like fear, except it’s not. It’s this thing that eats you alive, that takes you out of the moment and places you in this strange… 

Overcoming Fear

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Overcoming fear can seem impossible, especially if you suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder like I do. Sometimes fear feels so completely overwhelming that we’re paralyzed. Sometimes it feels like fear’s got us by the balls and won’t let go. What do we do then? It’s a hard question to answer, especially when your heart is pounding, when your mind is racing, when you feel like… 

The Perfectionist | Fear of Imperfection and Procrastination

“My greatest weakness is that I’m a perfectionist, haha.” How many actual perfectionists have said this in job interviews before? If only that was a joke. If only my fear of imperfection (an outgrowth of my OCD) didn’t cause me to procrastinate so much that I don’t get anything done in the first place. It’s taken a lot of work over the years to try… 

Anxiety Neurosis | Free Floating-Anxiety Explained

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Anxiety neurosis, also known as free-floating anxiety or Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is easily the worst kind of anxiety you can have. Here’s what it looks like. Something’s wrong. Something’s wrong and I can’t breathe I can’t breathe I can’t breathe I— I just need to go outside. Maybe I need a drink. Damn I need a Xanax. Maybe it’s nothing. Maybe it’s because I… 

Anxiety and Addiction | Substance-Induced Anxiety That Doesn’t Go Away

If you’re a tweaker, you probably have a pretty damn good idea what substance-induced anxiety feels like. Anxiety and addiction are as closely related as depression and addiction. One usually follows or causes the other. Many of us use to self medicate and get rid of the anxiety, and the addiction follows. For many more, anxiety is the result of using way too much, and…