What to Do When You Have a Panic Attack

What to Do When You Have a Panic Attack

The first time I had a panic attack, I thought I was dying. I’d gone to see a movie with some friends one Thanksgiving night in high school, and I ran into an ex I’d had a messy breakup with and thought I’d never have to see again. Continue reading

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Social Media, Anxiety and YOU

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(Image Credit: ViewApart)

“Did someone like my status? Or see my newest picture on Instagram?” “I know I didn’t get a notification, but it won’t hurt to check just to be absolutely completely sure that nothing new happened on Facebook.” Yes, I’m one of those people. Someone who checks his social media accounts periodically, even when he knows decently well that nothing has happened. Rationally, I know it seems like borderline insane behavior – or at least the behavior of someone who is very anxious. But, at the same time, I know plenty of people just like me… Is social media making us crazy? Continue reading

What it’s like being an Anxious Optimist

(Image Credit: Michael Spring)

(Image Credit: Michael Spring)

There are two things in life that I know for certain: I am an eternal optimist and I have anxiety. I am a walking contradiction; I always hope for the best, but I’m always assuming the worst. It’s a tough world for an anxious optimist like me. Continue reading

Overcoming Stage Fright

Stagefright

Stage fright plagues all kinds of performers—actors, singers, public speakers, musicians, politicians, even teachers. It’s natural to be nervous. Stage fright is a side effect of any talent. It’s a fear of failure, because we care; because we know we have potential and we don’t want to let ourselves down. We want to do our talent justice, but it’s one thing to do something privately and it’s another to put yourself out there in public, at the mercy of your audience. Continue reading

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5 Things People with Anxiety and Phobias are Tired of Hearing

(Image Credit: Mary Lam)

(Image Credit: Mary Lam)

Anxiety is a tough emotion to describe. Without really experiencing that paralyzing fear that creates a handful of other uncomfortable side effects, it’s not an emotion that everyone can easily identify with. Worse yet, the people who aren’t sure how to sympathize or empathize with anxiety and phobia sufferers can come off as if they don’t take the symptoms seriously. Continue reading

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Understanding Social Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety (Image Credit: Jenavieve Marie)

Anxiety (Image Credit: Jenavieve Marie)

You know that feeling you get when you’re about to go into an interview, or give a big presentation at school or work? Your hands shake, your stomach is nervous, and your heart beats really fast. It’s uncomfortable and unpleasant, but most people manage to calm themselves down as they go through the process. Continue reading