Meta-anxiety Articles

Anxiety As A Big Fat Jerk: Letting Go Of The Rope

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Is anxiety a monster? Is anxiety a roadblock? Is anxiety a train without brakes? Is anxiety war? The metaphor that you use to describe your anxiety probably tells you something about how you view your anxiety — and your recovery process.


How Perfectionism Can Ruin Your Recovery

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

That pint-sized brain of mine, tucked inside my skinny little body that wore a hefty neon pink and yellow backpack, heard only one thing: you could have done better.


Anxiety’s Complex Root System: From Green Shoot To Buried Root

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

What? Whaaaat? I can barely plan for tomorrow and now, suddenly, I have to think about five years down the road?


The End Of The Trifecta: How The Worst Panic Attack Of My Life Ended

Monday, March 25th, 2013

The End Of The Trifecta: How The Worst Panic Attack Of My Life Ended(If you missed the first three parts of this story, click here, then here , and then here.)

The scene: a small road off of a two-lane state highway in the woods. The cell phone coverage: first none, then a single bar. My panic state: full blown.

I was laying down in my car, following the EMT-in-training’s instructions to avoid sitting up or moving around, and I was scared nearly to death. I shook, I gasped for air, and I palpitated.

I hated every single second that slowly and dreadfully crawled by. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t even conjure up the energy or the clarity of mind to reach for my Ten Rules for Coping With Panic worksheet that lives in my wallet. I was in the middle of nowhere, I was stuck, and I couldn’t escape without help. Not only was I about to receive medical help, but I’d had to call my husband and ask him to drive 40 miles to be with me.

Ugh. Failure.

The word kept repeating in my head: failure failure failure.


The Trifecta Of Fail: Man Calls Ambulance While I Continue to Panic

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Maybe I am having a legitimate medical problem instead of a panic attack. Maybe there’s a problem with my heart or my blood pressure. Maybe there’s a problem with my brain. Did I have a stroke? Maybe I’m having a stroke RIGHT NOW OH GOD WHAT THE HELL.


The Trifecta of Fail, Continued: Panic In The Middle Of Nowhere

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

When your limbs are shaking uncontrollably, the gas pedal is a nightmare to control. My car heaved in fits and starts, thanks to my spasmodic right foot, but I didn’t make it far before I started to feel very cold and prickly.


My TEDx Talk: Anxiety — Hibernate, Adapt, or Migrate?

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

I wanted to re-frame a breakdown into a breakthrough.


10 Rules for Coping with Panic: Rule #1

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

I understand that a rapid heartbeat is a normal part of panic. But it feels so abnormal and wrong. What if this is the one time where a medical emergency is presenting itself?


Panic About Anxiety Featured as ‘Blog of the Week’ on WBRE’s PA Live!

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

I was honored to be chosen as this week’s PA Live! Blog of the Week on WBRE-TV.


Shared Wisdom: How Do You Cope With Panic?

Friday, April 6th, 2012

How do you cope with the sting of having a panic attack after a long period of panic-free living?


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