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Coping Skills for Anxiety


do not disturb snailI had a rough week with little time to myself so, first of all, forgive me for the lag in blogging, but it couldn’t be helped. If you read my last blog you know that I drove to my parents’

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  • November 21, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Reading this post made me sad and brought me back to a time in my life where my life was quiet and small. I liked it that way, or at least that’s what I told myself and others. There was so much I felt I couldn’t do. I was so lonely and so isolated. But I wasn’t anxious and I wasn’t manic and if living quiet is what I needed to do I thought it was the right thing.

    Then a therapist asked me, “are you happy?”
    “Yes,” I quickly replied. However, as the weeks progressed I realized I wasn’t. I was miserable and I felt hopeless because I couldn’t change my life. Any changes might make me manic or have a panic attack.

    I committed no longer trying to change my environments. I went were I wanted and when the anxiety crippled me, I let it. Over time, it took more and more to make me anxious, more and more to give me a panic attack. It was awful and hard.

    And then one day, in the middle of a major metropolitan city, I had a panic attack. This time, my body was panicking but I didn’t let me bother me. I sat on a bench for 20 minutes shaking but it passed. I had a fabulous day afterwards. It was then I knew I would rather deal with panic attacks and deal with anxiety then go back to being alone inside my house with my dogs.

    I am passing no judgment on you. If your quiet life makes you happy, I’m all for it. But there’s a lot you give up when you try to keep a life quiet.

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  • November 27, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    This was certainly an interesting read so thank you for sharing. I have to admit it did make me a little sad, anxiety is something that can be cured. I know from my own experience as a former sufferer and my work with my patients. I think what is really important is understanding why the anxiety presents itself, what message our ‘body’ is trying to get across through the symptoms.

    We have a funny view of health in western culture, we immediately seek to medicate or suppress our symptoms without really understanding why they are there. Of course we want relief from discomfort and symptoms, however, if the cause of our symptoms remains without understanding the message that they seek to bring, they will undoubtedly persist.

    I have a theory regarding the nature of anxiety which is based on fairly leading edge ideas about emotional processing. In saying that I know I am not alone, I know there are other solutions out there. Mainstream psychiatry still sees anxiety as incurable, a symptom state that needs to be managed. However, please don’t believe this, you can be anxiety free.

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