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A Panic Attack On Live TV? ABC News Anchor Dan Harris Reflects

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Panic drives us to do some strange things. It drives us to find a way to escape — to flee from — the uncomfortable physical and mental sensations.


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.


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.


Can You Draw A Panic Attack?

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Ah, paradox. A distraction that’s not really a distraction.


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

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

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


Five Steps Toward A More Mindful Relationship With Caffeine

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

I want to create a truce with caffeine. I want to recognize that my body’s reactions to this drug are completely normal. I want to train myself to be comfortable with caffeine again.


Cozying Up With Caffeine: Can Mindfulness Help?

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Caffeine is an unavoidable drug, and I don’t want to fear it. I don’t want the buzzy sensation I feel when I take the migraine meds to create a fertile breeding ground for panic.


Anxiety Society: Jenny’s Fear of Spiders and Fear of Therapy

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

“I can now kill a very small spider with a vacuum, which is something I wouldn’t have even considered just a few years ago, and if I see a spider that’s not moving and it’s far enough away, I calm down very quickly and I’m able to rationalize that it won’t hurt me. Until it moves. Then that’s all out the window.”


Anxiety Society: Meet Jenny and Her Arachnophobia

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

I can’t think of any other creature that can be practically invisible, then suddenly appear in quite the way spiders do.


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