A celebrated science and health reporter offers a wry, bracingly honest account of living with anxiety A racing heart. Difficulty breathing. Overwhelming dread. Andrea Petersen was first diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at the age of twenty, but she later realized that she had been experiencing panic attacks since childhood. With time her symptoms multiplied.
What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage
Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did. Norah can’t leave the house, but can she
Dallas. This week two years ago we announced to everyone that we were moving south. I was excited, scared, anxious. It was the first time I had ever moved out of Indiana. While doing so was something I’d always wanted to do, when it finally happened, moving so far from my family wasn’t everything I
I’ve never taken great care of myself. I don’t primp. I don’t run. I HATE getting my face wet to the point that I keep a dry towel in my shower for stray droplets–which means washing my face is not a chore I am fond of. I recently discovered LUSH, and it has been the
Last week I shared a journal entry written during a migraine. It was dark, and helped to illustrate a bit of depression’s tunnel of misery. But one thing I’ve never been able to do is write from within an episode anxiety. It’s just too intense and unfocused. But then I read Sarah Gailey’s “Dissociation is
While we know many celebrities suffer from mental illness, we don’t get to hear them talk candidly about it very often. Kristen Bell sat down with Sam Jones of Off Camera, and spoke very openly about how depression runs in her family and that there is no shame in taking medication for it.
I know that I am crazy. And that has made all the difference. I read Jenny Lawson’s first book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened a few years ago–not when it first came out, but after it had moved to the general shelves at Half-Price. I didn’t know what it was, I just found this silly book with
It is totally acceptable to remove yourself from a stressful or uncomfortable situation before it triggers you. In fact, I recommend it. Few arguments are ever worth a panic attack–it won’t solve anything. Just get yourself out, go calm down. I have to do this at home sometimes. One of us will be overtired, the
As much as my life calls for it, I don’t handle change well. My brain demands routine. The same schedule, the same people, the same places. I even rotate my teas–just enough for variety–but not too much and always in the same order. I require structure and a plan…most of the time. So when something