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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.


Lift The Burden By Changing “Should” To “Want”

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

There’s dreadful sense of verbal oppression that comes along with the word “should”, and replacing that word with “want” can help to lift the burdensome pressure.


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.


Why Order Your Fears Into A Hierarchy?

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Elementary school math: you start with the basics, and only challenge yourself further once you’ve mastered a level. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division. Why should approaching anxiety and phobias be any different?


What Learning To Drum Taught Me About Anxiety (Part 2)

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

My limbs, it seems, have resolved their life-long impasse with my brain. This reminds me of something very important: the brain’s capability to learn and change.


What Learning To Drum Taught Me About Anxiety (Part 1)

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

I grew up rather fond of tapping out beats on tabletops with pens, but that’s about where my percussion experience ended. A drummer’s ability to drum has always fascinated me. So many beats. So many limbs.


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.


You Asked: Was Celexa An Effective Treatment For Your Panic Attacks?

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

I kept hearing the same old line from my doctor about how if I still needed a benzodiazepine to get through a day at work or a trip to the store, then my Celexa dosage was wrong.


Tales From The Anxiety Med-Go-Round: Fool Me Twice, Shame On Me

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

“If you don’t like Celexa, you don’t have to continue taking it,” my doctor said. Yeah, I thought. I’ve heard that story before.


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