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Panic Disorder Progress Report: I’m Struggling, But I’m Proud (Part 2)

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Panic disorder is part of my life now. There’s no use in trying to deny it and trying to push myself to conform to my old standard of “normal”.


Panic Disorder Progress Report: I’m Struggling, But I’m Proud (Part 1)

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

And my dream is that you’ll read about these situations, identify with them, and feel comforted knowing that it’s not just you.


Cold Meds Got You Anxious? Know Your Ingredients!

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

To make the past few days more tolerable, I’ve been hitting up the medicine cabinet — but staying mindful about what I put into my body. Like many other panic sufferers, I’m always a bit nervous when I take any sort of medicine. What if it makes me hyper? What if it makes me nervous? What if it makes me panic?


Anxiety Society: Larry’s “Ruthless” Rejection of “Needless Pessimism”

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Larry’s antidepressant medication didn’t help to lighten his self-criticism. He tackled that piece on his own.


Anxiety Society: Meet Larry, His Antidepressant, and His Recovery from Anxiety and Depression

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Anxiety Society: Meet Larry, His Antidepressant, and His Recovery from Anxiety and Depression(This is the eighth post in a series called “Anxiety Society” in which I interview everyday anxiety suffers from all walks of life about their struggles, their triumphs, their coping methods, and more. I believe that the more we openly talk about our mental health, the less of a “thing” it becomes. Conversation can reduce stigma, and my interviewees want to be a part of that.)

Meet Larry Nocella: blogger and independent novelist. He sold his first article at the young age of 14 and “has been writing ever since,” he says. By day, Larry is full-time employee at marketing company and a (mostly former) sufferer of anxiety & depression. He lives, writes, and works in the greater Philadelphia area.

Just over a year ago, he “came out” on his blog as a user of antidepressant medication:

Do I tell you something I’d rather keep private? Or do I spill the ugly details?

I’ve decided to share. Why? Because of you of course. Yes, you. Reading this. You. Or maybe someone you know.

Because there is definitely a time when sharing beats silence, and that’s if you can help people. Mom was all about helping people, so while I lean toward her style of privacy, I think she’d appreciate why I’ve decided to come out.

What I’m trying to tell you is I take an anti-depressant. Were you expecting me to say something else?

Larry and I talked about his anxiety, depression, his medication use, and his optimism for the future.


Sunday Evening at 6 PM: Panic, Anxiety, & Phobia Support Group Phone Call

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

It’s time for the monthly panic, anxiety, and phobia support group phone call. Led by Grace, a longtime panic sufferer living in the DC area, the call is open to anyone and everyone who is experiencing a problem with anxiety or its close cousins.


The ‘Most Relaxing Tune Ever’, According to…Science?

Friday, February 10th, 2012

I Googled “most relaxing song ever”. And what did I expect to find? Well, a bunch of songs esteemed Most Relaxing by the court of popular opinion. But instead, I found…science. Maybe.


3 Ways to Make Your Next Dental Procedure More Tolerable

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Check out those sweet shades they gave me so that I wouldn’t get toothdust in my eyes. In combination with all of that dental stuff coming out of my mouth, I sort of look bionic.


Getting Sick Brings Out My Self-Care Side

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

At 5:30 this morning, I found myself curled up with a bathrobe and a rug.


Brain: Was That a Touch or a Metaphor?

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Let’s say you had a rough day. You didn’t stick sandpaper up to today’s date on the calendar, did you?


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