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Wednesday, 24 October 2012 13:21

Dear Anxiety

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Use writing as a tool to help you with anxiety Dear Anxiety, I've known you for a really long time now and I have to tell you that I really hate the way you make me feel. I definitely respect the power that you hold but I'm here to tell you that I can't see you as much as I have in the past. It's really time for both of us to move on. Don't be sad, I'm sure that you'll still come and visit but it really has to be on a more limited basis from now on. You see, I've met someone named Happiness and I really like them and how they make me feel. I lose touch with Happiness here and there but I'm going to keep looking for them which means I have to spend less time with you. I've wanted to say this for a long time but finally had the courage to actually say something. Well, take care of yourself and I'm sure you'll be fine because there's more out there for you to see. Best of luck and remember: Don't call me, I'll call you, Jim Ok so this is just a small example of what we can do but I honestly think it helps. If I have to write a thousand letters before I feel better, I will do that and I think you would too. It doesn't have to just be a letter to your issue. Write a letter to your…
Monday, 15 October 2012 20:29

Your Anxiety Does NOT Define You

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Don't let anxiety define who you are So, I've dealt with anxiety for the better part of my life and for a long time, I really felt like it was defining who I was as a person. I was dead wrong. Anxiety and the problems that are associated with it are simply one of my deficits and you know what? That's ok. It's really no different than me looking at my having fair skin as a deficit or a disadvantage because I get sunburns easily. All I do to deal with it is use sunscreen, problem solved! Now comparing a sunburn to having an anxiety attack is REALLY dumbing it down but the principle is the same isn't it? With anxiety, we try several different coping mechanisms and some work and some don't but we still try. It's why we're here trying to get in touch with other people with the same issues so we can talk about it. I say all of this knowing that I don't always feel this way because my anxiety does feel like it consumes me at times but at the end of the day, this is not who I am. Anxiety cannot beat me no matter how hard it tries because I'm still here and if you're reading this, I'm pretty sure you're still here too. Still here fighting every day to make our lives as good as we can with a common goal: to be happy. I challenge each and every one of…
Friday, 21 September 2012 10:09

Take the Day off from Anxiety

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Take the Day off from Anxiety Sounds great doesn't it? My idea with this is instead of trying to solve all of our issues as the big picture, let just tackle today. I am declaring that today, I am taking a break from my anxiety and depression because I need a vacation from it. It won't be easy but I think it's a step in the right direction. Who wants to join me? I am deciding to really enjoy my coffee this morning, to write my diary entry and feel good about it, I'm going to have a great day at work....everyone else can have a bad day if they'd like but it's not going to affect me. I'm going to blast my favorite music in my car and when I get home today, I'm going to really enjoy my kids and PLAY with them. Not just go through the motions. I might relax this evening and have a fire and a really nice glass of wine and read my book. Things that feed my soul. Who wants to join me? I'm going to go to bed tonight and sleep really well for the first time in a long time. Who wants to join me? (Uhh, not in bed, just the taking the day off part). Maybe it will feel so good that we'll try to do it again tomorrow. Maybe not....but wouldn't we all like to start with just one day? Who wants to join me?
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 10:56

The Secret to Happiness

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I remember being a little kid, and learning what happiness was. Sure, most people know what happiness feels like, and I'm no exception. But I'm talking about that blissful happiness you see in the movies, too. The kind where tears of joy stream down the face of the happy person, because they're just so overwhelmingly pleased about something. I recall trying to make myself feel as happy as the people in those movies, and as happy as I assumed others were, but I could never be that joyous. I would sit up, at 3am and onwards, staring into the TV, wondering why I couldn't be as happy as other people were. Wondering why things had to be so difficult, every day, while other people got to be happy. Pondering whether the only tears I'd ever cry would be sad ones. Anxiety was my respite from sadness. Not anxiety like somebody gets before a date, or during an exam, but a fear so intense that it literally made me collapse. My oasis in a desert of depression was a crippling surge of terror that would come at unpredictable and frequent times. But then I found a way to get some of that happiness for myself. No, it wasn't religion, nor was it from a bunch of platitudes like "True happiness is inside us all." No, it was a real solution. A solution that worked, and was known to work because of the science behind it. Some of it came from maturity,…
Tuesday, 21 August 2012 07:56

MEDICAL MARIJUANA FOR ANXIETY

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Anxiety and Medical Marijuana: New Studies Show it May be Beneficial Controversy around Medical Marijuana Medical Marijuana refers to the use of the plant cannabis and its extracts or constituents as herbal therapy as legislated in USA. There is controversy about the medical value of marijuana or cannabis and lot of opposition to their use. But there are many documented effects that are found beneficial in treatment of nausea and improvement of hunger in case of AIDS patients and patients undergoing chemotherapy and in treatment of glaucoma. More commonly it is believed to have analgesic properties but even this is disputed. The controversy of medical marijuana is due to the fact that it is used in various forms like smoking or drinking the extracts for addictive recreational use and is legislated as illegal. Many countries have banned the use of cannabis in any form but the use in medical applications is permitted with various degrees of control and permission requirements. The medical use of cannabis is disputed all over the world. Benefits of Medical Marijuana Various studies have established the benefits of medical marijuana in treatment of many conditions like nausea, premenstrual syndrome, insomnia, weight loss and loss of appetite. It is also found effective in treatment of painful conditions and spasticity, asthma and movement disorder. It has also proven to be useful in migraines, inflammatory bowels disease etc Medical Marijuana in treatment of anxiety disorder Medical marijuana has been used in treatment in psychiatric conditions like anxiety, depression and…
Friday, 17 August 2012 18:16

Anxiety and Identity

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Having become recently aware of my own social anxiety disorder, I've been reading with interest the "Anxiety" opinion series in the New York Times. (For those who haven't seen it, you can check it out here.) The most recent entry, by professor and author Daniel Smith, includes this passage: "Like many people who have been given a diagnosis of an anxiety disorder (and many who have not), I am always braced for the next recurrence. Anxiety, like the tide, is forever receding and returning, receding and returning. I have been experiencing this pattern for nearly 20 years now, so that my anxiety has come to seem, at times, inevitable and unassailable — a fait accompli. My anxiety, I’d concluded, is what I am. There is no escape." Being new to this, I've been thinking a lot about how social anxiety affects one's sense of identity. (Short digression: When I say I'm "new" to social anxiety, I mean that I'm new to the knowledge that there's a name for this condition, and that communities, such as this one, exist for those dealing with anxiety. I'm not new to the feelings. Those have been with me as long as I can remember.) While I always knew I was, to put it kindly, quirkier-than-most, this is the first time that I've had a label to put on it, and an explanation for why I feel and behave the way that I do. I'm finding that this newfound awareness has both benefits and drawbacks.…
Thursday, 12 July 2012 17:04

In the Belly of the Beast

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When we get panic attacks, we all tend to deal with them differently. Mostly because we are all unique individuals and because of that no one persons anxiety or panic attack is exactly like anothers. This is neither good nor bad. Because of this, it wouldn't make sense for me to try and tell you know to treat your anxiety, because what works for someone does nothing for someone else. That being said, all I can do is talk about my experiences and hope that by reading them, someone can relate and find comfort in the fact that they are not alone. You are not alone. Ever since I knew my worry and symptoms had a name - anxiety disorder - I began searching for articles to read, treatments, and more importantly, people like me. I've been on many online fourms and websites looking for that reassurance that I wasn't the only one feeling the way I felt. I soon found out I was one of millions of people worldwide who suffer with an anxiety disorder. Anxiety Social Net is a great place where I feel I can really be myself. I don't really talk about my anxiety on other social media websites, so I am grateful I can come on here and feel 'normal'. Let me start out by saying I am on medication right now for my anxiety and depression. I had been medication free for many years, and i was trying to cope naturally. Certain events in…
Monday, 09 July 2012 19:09

My Anxiety: This is My Story

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Hello everyone, I'm a new ASN member and have only just begun being active on here. I belong to a lot of different online anxiety communities, but ASN is my favorite. I'm not sure why. It seems more dynamic than most of the other sites I use, and the focus feels more about hope than about just stewing in the problem. I'm a very solutions-oriented person, so maybe that's what I dig about it. My Anxiety Story I thought it would be a good idea to tell my story about my journey of anxiety recovery. It just occurred to me I've never written about it except in pieces. I've never made a complete account of my struggles with anxiety and I think it would help me to do so. So here goes: I was raised in a very dysfunctional family. My mother suffered from severe depression and my father left us when I was five. My mom was in bad shape and suffered repeated hospitalizations. I grew up feeling different; I was ashamed about Mom's mental illness and did my best to hide it from everyone. It was a very unstable environment to grow up in, even though the 1970s were the "age of divorce". I can't think of a single childhood friend with parents that weren't divorced, but I don't think most of them were being raised by crazy people. I was. Threats and physical violence was an everyday part of my home life. Add to that the fact…

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