4 thoughts on “Where Did My Anxiety Go? I Can’t Find It Anywhere!

  • July 25, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Oh. My. Gosh. This is all so, so lovely to read. Hooray for you! (And for peaches!) Driving is just about the ONE thing that doesn’t give me a panic attack. In fact, back when I wasn’t living in the nuttiness that is NYC, whenever I would start feeling my anxiety build, I’d go for a drive. (I guess this is the one brain piece we don’t share.)

    I’m also chronically Vitamin D deficient and I do feel so much better when I remember to take my vitamins and supplements. I find Omega-3 (again, when I remember) is really quite helpful too. Funny how those little things can make a difference.

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    • July 25, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      I’m really glad driving is okay for you. Once it becomes a panic trigger, it really shrinks your world. I have trouble with public transportation, too. A year and a half ago, to face my fear, I took a bus ride to Manhattan so I could visit a friend in Brooklyn. The bus ride went okay, but once I met my friend in Manhattan and got on the subway for Brooklyn, I had a really hard time. (Then, when I got the stomach virus the night before my return trip, I had a REALLY hard time and almost passed out while trying to climb the stairs to the street with my bags in tow.)

      So, yeah. Facing my public transportation fear = inadvertently reinforcing the fear thanks to the tummy bug. Awesome.

      I take Omega-3’s now and again. I used to be pretty consistent with them, but I’ve definitely slacked off. I think many supplements are hit or miss, in many cases…so I LOVE scientifically knowing that iron & D are worthwhile expenditures. I never personally noticed too much of a difference with the Omegas. Well, I take that back — when I was withdrawing from Paxil, I found it helpful in reducing my withdrawal symptoms.

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  • July 26, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Yay!! I’m so glad driving is getting better for you!! I’m still waiting for that sweet day, and a 50-minute commute each way every day is not going to help. Or it could help. 🙂

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    • July 27, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      I hope it DOES help. I mean, if you look at it one way, by driving that 50 minute commute, you’re facing your fear and teaching yourself that it’s not a threat.

      And that sounds so good in theory, doesn’t it?! But I too had a 50-minute commute when I lived outside of Philadelphia…and, well, as my agoraphobia swelled, the driving didn’t go so well. :-\ It just brought on a lot more absenteeism. Every single day, I cursed myself for not living even just 20 minutes closer to my job. I felt I could perhaps handle a 30 minute drive, but nothing longer.

      Either way…thanks for being glad. 🙂 I’m excited about my progress (and yours, too! Keep me updated!).

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