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Letter To A Panicker Whose World Is Quickly Shrinking

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Even the tiniest baby steps can keep that dreaded circle of safety from closing in on you.

Breathe Easy This Weekend With A Simple Web App

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

I present you with this clever little web app for breathing by Twitter user @oatsbarley. You can customize the app’s parameters to speed up or slow down the inhale/exhale indicator to your liking.

Why Yoga Is Both Awesome And Terrible, Part 2: Accepting Your Body

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

She asked us to breathe out when my body was craving a gulp of air. She asked us to inhale for the duration of a pose, which made me lightheaded. It just didn’t feel right. None of it felt good.

Why Yoga Is Both Awesome And Terrible, Part 1: Fighting Your Body

Monday, November 25th, 2013

How might yoga, a physical practice associated with inner peace and relaxation, possibly cause stress? Let me count the ways.

What Does A Panic Attack Look Like? Watch This Young Woman’s Honest Video

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Popular culture seems to suggest that panic is this super-detectable experience that causes sufferers to pull their hair, widen their eyes, and clutch their fists or faces. Not so.

What Does Google Autocomplete Tell Us About Anxiety?

Monday, July 15th, 2013

If you snoop hard enough, you can likely determine all sorts of details about the person — and their culture — based upon what they toss in the trash.

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.

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.

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