Turns out, hypnotherapy is nothing like that silly spectacle of stage hypnosis. What can it do for anxiety, panic, and phobia sufferers? How can it change our negative thought patterns?
Meet Ashley Taylor. She's a certified hypnotherapist, an entrepreneur, and an anxiety sufferer. While walking through the halls between classes in 6th grade, Ashley experienced her first panic attack -- complete with a racing heart, dizziness, and shortness of breath.
I have this wonderful soon-to-be-husband with whom I'd like to sync sleep cycles with. Last night, he went to bed at 9 pm so he could wake up at 6 am for work. Five hours later, after organizing my counter, putting away dishes, and listening to a few podcasts, I finally settled down to sleep at about 2 am.
Earlier this week, we met Angie Jackson: mom, ex-cult member, agoraphobic. In this second half of the interview, we hear about Angie's experience with abortion, pro-choice activism, anxiety, and using the internet to cope.
If Angie's name sounds familiar to you, there's good reason. In early 2010, Angie made the news when she live-tweeted her abortion after an IUD implant failed to protect her from pregnancy. Unlike most women who elect to abort, Angie found herself in the national spotlight because of her decision to go public.
Have you ever heard someone call your name while running the loud vacuum? That's pareidolia. Ever see a cumulus cloud shaped like a giant teddy bear? That's pareidolia. Ever see that famous piece of burnt toast that looks like Jesus? Pareidolia.
The call will take place at 6 p.m. EST this evening (Sunday) and all anxiety and panic sufferers are invited to call in. Dial 1-559-546-1700 and enter access code 640024#.
Previously, I spoke with Devin about her anxiety diagnoses. Our interview continues below as we discuss social anxiety, self-confidence, and workplace issues.
Meet Devin Wais. She's a 30-year-old woman who lives in southern Virginia – and she's a crafter, an avid reader, and loves Netflix. Recently, she's been diagnosed with depression, general anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder.
And so, I'm launching my new blog series called "Anxiety Society". Call it an extended version of the "man-on-the-street" interview, but conducted within the context of the internet.