Archive for August, 2011

College Students: Is That Blank Word Document Making You Anxious Yet?

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

No matter what your major, you’re going to find yourself staring at a blank Word document someday soon. And the blank Word document will stare right back at you, disdainfully, waiting for you to finally sputter out a few words.

Why Didn’t I Panic During the Earthquake?

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Although I’d had three panic attacks in the days leading up to the earthquake, I didn’t panic when the quake hit. My anxiety manifested itself as excitement instead. After all, it was my first earthquake and I was…well, intrigued.

Where Does the Word “Anxiety” Come From?

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

And “spirit”, I’ve discovered, derives from the Latin word for “breath”: spiritus. Breath! A vital sign. One of life’s most important markers of living and of health. A long-term sine wave of in, out, in, out, in, out.

The Month(s) After My General Practitioner Prescribed Paxil

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

The cost of Paxil CR multiplied. And I don’t mean by 2x, by 5x, or even by 10x. The cost multiplied by 12x. The cost of a year’s worth of Paxil CR suddenly became the cost of a single month’s worth of pills.

The Day (After) My General Practitioner Prescribed Paxil

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

I was a junior in college, panic was making a daily appearance, and I was relying on Xanax for each attack. So, when my doctor prescribed Paxil, I accepted it with open arms. But in the long run, all I got was a big hug from Big Pharma.

The Day My General Practitioner Prescribed Paxil

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Nearly 80 percent of all prescriptions for antidepressants are written by non-psychiatrist providers. Like my general practitioner, circa 2005, who appeared to be watching an invisible coin toss in the ceiling when deciding which antidepressant to prescribe for my panic attacks.

Describing Your Anxiety…With Made-Up Words?

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Our world is complex. And sometimes, language doesn’t suffice to describe that world well enough. This is where creativity and artistic playfulness come in — made-up words can simplify our world.

Thank You, Anxiety, For Warning Me When Enough is Enough

Friday, August 5th, 2011

So, what’s gotten you to where you are today? Sure, there are the big and obvious things (supportive parents, great friends, teachers). But what are some of the smaller (yet very influential!) things — positive events, negative events, pets, medicines, people, books, vacations, realizations, epiphanies — that define where you are today?

On Tapering: Why Paxil is Like a Bank Loan

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Nobody told me that it would take eight long months to slowly taper off of it. Any quicker and the withdrawal effects would seize my sloppy brain to a halt. My entire spine would shiver. And my neck movement would cue up an orchestra of electric zapping noises. And a hazy curtain of fog would envelope my brain.

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