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Withdrawing From Celexa: Yeah, Um, That Didn’t Really Work

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

That’s where I gave up. If I couldn’t even check the mail without Xanax, I couldn’t survive day-to-day life with a fetus swimming around in my uterus. Would it drown in my adrenaline?


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.


My (Anxious) Life After College Graduation: Everyone Expects You To Fail

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

As soon as reports of my fellow classmates securing jobs began to roll in, I discovered something else about adult life. Nothing I did in college mattered—not my major, not my degree, and pretty much nothing I even learned (especially since I went to a liberal arts school).


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: A Desolate Road, A Panic Attack, And An Ambulance

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Twenty minutes in: rocking out to Modest Mouse and eating a peanut butter cup. Thirty minutes into the drive: nausea, a racing heart, and a vivid expectation of death.


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

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

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


‘Celebrating’ World Mental Health Day With a Panic Attack

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

I can’t panic now, I thought. I want to pay this parking ticket. I have a hair cut appointment in a half hour. Then, I need to grade some more papers. I’ve got shit to do. Don’t panic. Don’t panic. Don’t panic.


10 Rules for Coping with Panic: Rule #5 (Part 3)

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

I didn’t give the fear time to pass. Instead, I sat, waited, and got angry at myself. I sat, waited, and wondered why I wasn’t calming down as quickly as I wanted to be. I sat, waited, and grew flustered as my body continued its jet stream of adrenaline rushes and wooziness.


Video From ‘Blog of the Week’ Broadcast: Enjoying the Moment

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Panic About Anxiety on WBRE's PA Live!Earlier this week, I wrote about how Panic About Anxiety was chosen as ‘Blog of the Week’ on PA Live!, a lifestyle program local to northeastern Pennsylvania and broadcast on WBRE-TV.

And now, you don’t just have to take my word for it — I’ve got video proof! Check it out here.

I sincerely hope that it brings a few folks within the viewing area to my blog — especially my posts about my own struggle with anxiety might help someone to feel a little bit less alone.

This is probably the right time to tell you a story about one of my last grad school classes: Intercultural Communication. After a semester of learning about various cultural traditions and value orientations, my professor took a few minutes at the end of our very last class to discuss something personal: living in the moment.

It was May, and graduation was right around the corner. The class was filled with undergraduate seniors and second-year grad students — most of whom were about to be finished with school forever.

His speech went a little something like this:


Failure IS an Option: On Why I Quit #NaBloPoMo

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

We can’t continue doing things that we don’t like or things we’re not meant to do simply because popular phraseology commands that we strive onward.


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