Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, Part 8: Making Amends and Knowing When It’s Time to Stop Apologizing

In traditional 12 Step recovery programs, two of the steps are dedicated to righting the wrongs that have been done--or at least acknowledging them, apologizing for them, and, if possible, making some sort of reparation (not necessarily monetarily) for them. Step Eight: Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to … Continue reading Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, Part 8: Making Amends and Knowing When It’s Time to Stop Apologizing

Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, Part 7: Sometimes We Fail

Sometimes, we fail. When I started this series over a year ago, I made a commitment to total transparency. Share everything (that is appropriate to share), hide nothing. Because only when we are totally honest with ourselves, with the people who love and care for us, and with the people who are helping us, can … Continue reading Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, Part 7: Sometimes We Fail

Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, Part 6: The Myth of Safety

In my previous posts in this series (links available at the end of this post), I've written a lot about many of the facets of my struggle with anxiety and panic attacks. But, one of the things I haven't yet addressed is one of the myths that people who suffer with anxiety and panic attacks … Continue reading Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, Part 6: The Myth of Safety

Lessons from Star Wars–“You Must Unlearn What You Have Learned”: How Self-Perception Can Change Everything

One of the things I struggle with most in my life--one of the things I think we all struggle with--is self-perception. It's not necessarily that the way we perceive ourselves is bad or negative, but a lot of the time, I think they way we perceive ourselves is, quite simply, inaccurate. That is something we … Continue reading Lessons from Star Wars–“You Must Unlearn What You Have Learned”: How Self-Perception Can Change Everything

Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, part 5: A Road to Wellness (Here We Go)

In my last post, I wrote that I would be starting an intensive outpatient treatment program for anxiety and depression soon. Soon has come! I began the program on Monday, and completed the third day yesterday. One of the rules of the program is that I not discuss treatment outside of the group--with anyone. So, … Continue reading Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, part 5: A Road to Wellness (Here We Go)

Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, Part 4: Where Do We Go from Here?

I started this series of posts a long time ago. In fact, I posted parts 1, 2, and 3 (you can click on the numbers to read them) over a year ago. I had every intention of writing this fourth part back then, but a funny thing happened on the way to writing it...I went … Continue reading Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, Part 4: Where Do We Go from Here?

Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, Part 3: Things People Say That I Wish They Didn’t Say

For the last two weeks, I've been writing about my experiences with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder, and panic attacks. On week 1, I shared with you a brief outline of the progression of these disorders over the course of my life, and last week, I wrote about the things I think people need … Continue reading Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, Part 3: Things People Say That I Wish They Didn’t Say

Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, Part 2: The Things You Need to Know About GAD & Panic Attacks

Last week, I posted Anxiety--Destroyer of Lives, Part 1: My Long & Complicated Relationship With Panic. In it, I gave a brief description of how and when I began experiencing the crippling effects of Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Attacks. If you have not yet read part 1, reading it before you read this post … Continue reading Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, Part 2: The Things You Need to Know About GAD & Panic Attacks

Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, Part 1: My Long & Complicated Relationship With Panic

I don't remember how old I was when I had an anxiety attack for the first time. Looking back, knowing what I know now, it was probably around age 10 or 11. It's hard to say, though, because back in those days, nobody used the terms anxiety attack or panic attack--at least not anyone I … Continue reading Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, Part 1: My Long & Complicated Relationship With Panic