In my last post, I recounted an Icelandic tale about a woman alone with her small children who becomes so panicked by a sudden noise and a chilly wind (was it a monster or a winter Continue reading “Panic and Separation Anxiety”
When the sun is shining, the automatic assumption is that everything feels right with the world – but that isn’t the case for everyone. Anxiety, for some people who suffer from it, can actually worsen in the summer months, and it makes complete sense as to why.
Speaking to Refinery 29, psychologist at telehealth app LiveHealth Online, Lindsay Henderson, PsyD, explained that the increased social pressure to go out and have fun can lead to higher levels of anxiety.
Many people believe that heartburn is related to anxiety. While you won’t see anxiety listed as a usual risk factor for acid reflux, research suggests that a connection exists, although the precise reason why is unknown.
I recently returned from a wonderful first trip to Iceland. Near our cabin at the base of an extinct volcano, I found a lake where I could try my luck fly fishing. In the process of learning about fishing in Lake Baularvallatvatn, I discovered a fascinating legend about a farm nearby. Continue reading “Panic in the Land of Fire and Ice”
It’s hard to have an anxious child.
The hardest part for me to understand is that her fears seem irrational, and her reactions appear to be unreasonable.
I understand her anxiety is an automatic reaction to a perceived, almost inexplicable fear, and that it feels very real to her. But emotionally, I have a really hard time not feeling overwhelmed, out of control and disconnected from her, and her experience.
It happens more often than I’d like. My anxiety is a thick cloud of smoke, poisoning the air I breathe. I sit in my classes, smoke filling my brain, my foot tapping a million miles a minute. My thoughts are far removed from the moment, my professor’s voice drowned out by the screaming from within the fire.
If you’ve ever experienced the crippling feeling of anxiety, you know it’s not easy to put into words. Living with an anxiety disorder can mean so many different things, since the symptoms—which can include things like trouble sleeping, avoidance, fatigue, and even pain—vary from person to person. Panic attacks, phobias, OCD, social anxiety, and PTSD all full under the umbrella of anxiety disorders—and 40 million American adults live with the internal battle every day.
Swimmer Michael Phelps may be best known for his Olympic gold medal wins, but he’s also become an outspoken advocate for mental health issues, following his own experiences with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. In honor of Mental Health Awareness month, Phelps shared what helped him recover. Continue reading “Michael Phelps shares what helped him when he questioned his desire to live.”
Mental Health Awareness Month is ending next week, but it’s a topic that’s important year-round. And that’s something that singers Billie Eilish and Ava Max are emphasizing in a set of new videos, which encourage fans to talk openly about mental health struggles. Billie Eilish’s video about mental health highlights the importance of checking in on your loved ones, in addition to taking care of yourself.
In my last blog, I shared a compelling account from NFL great Earl Campbell as he described his first panic attack1. Today, I’ll share more of Earl’s personal story. This time, he describes an all-too-common experience: the fruitless and frantic search for a medical explanation for his frightening symptoms: Continue reading “Panic & Medical Care – Earl Campbell Part 2”