For the past two or three days, I’ve had a fever, the aches, and a wicked sore throat. As a result, my brain is a worthless pile of mush.
For just about everyone, having a cold or the flu is a bummer. But for people with anxiety disorders, it can be extremely unpleasant. If you’re easily triggered into a panic by physiological changes, then it goes without saying that a fever or the mildly elevated heart rate that often accompanies the fever can be very difficult to deal with.
And I won’t even get into the horrible Catch-22 of cold meds and decongestants. They can easily fix one problem (say, congestion) but produce another unrelated problem (the jitters or spaciness) that can ramp up your anxiety level. (For the record, I’m popping plain old Tylenol tablets — nothing else.)
But at least I’m too out of it to be swallowed up in worry about the old anxiety standards: my agoraphobia, driving, money, work, the meaning of life, and so on.
Ugh. It’s been a long three days.
So, instead of writing a real blog entry today, I’m going to share some other people’s perspectives on anxiety. (Then, I plan to chug copious amounts of water and re-swaddle myself in my favorite blanket on the couch.)
Monday was World Mental Health Day and PsychCentral hosted its own blog party to celebrate. Here are a few of the great anxiety-related articles we received:
Accommodating Mental Illness in the Workplace – A Little Goes a Long Way (from Adventures in Anxiety Land)
Have you ever tried asking for an anxiety-related accommodation at work? Depending on the culture at your office, it might not be easy to get what you need. In the words of this blog’s author, “[t]he stigma remains – if you don’t look like you need an accommodation, then you are taking up resources unfairly.”
Anxiety and Dating: A Girl Just Can’t Win (from Exes and Whys)
“Sometimes I feel like a crazy person. Still want to go out with me?” Exes and Whys generally focuses on witty observations and humorous run-ins with the opposite sex, but in this more serious post, the author muses about her OCD and anxiety and how it affects her relationship attempts.
A Cognitive Therapy Toolbox (from Real World Research)
Fellow PsychCentral blogger Sophia Dembling recounts her experiences with therapy and presents four cognitive techniques that we can use to view our anxieties in a new way.
I’ll be back on Monday with my thinking cap firmly planted where it belongs. Until then, I’ll be throwing back chicken soup like it’s nobody’s business and watching endless episodes of How It’s Made on Netflix. (There’s something strangely soothing about watching industrial machines press apples into apple juice when you’re sick.)
Stay healthy this weekend!