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Anxiety Medication, Getting Help for an Anxiety Disorder, Recovering from an Anxiety Disorder, Root Causes of Anxiety

Why You are Losing the Anxiety Battle!

Anxiety disorders are linked to low levels of Serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical and neurotransmitter in the body. Serotonin regulates: mood and social behavior appetite and digestion sleep memory sexual desire and function There is a link between low serotonin levels and anxiety and depression. For this reason, one way to control an anxiety disorder… Continue reading Why You are Losing the Anxiety Battle!

Anxiety Medication, Recovering from an Anxiety Disorder

Happy 1 Year Panic-versary!!

11/1/11 marked the one year anniversary of THE panic attack. When these pictures were taken I had been on medication for a little less than one year. My husband is a fireman and when he is on shift, it is 24 hours. I was able to take the kids “trick or treating” on Halloween and… Continue reading Happy 1 Year Panic-versary!!

Anxiety Medication, Getting Help for an Anxiety Disorder

Love/Hate Meds!

I am so grateful that someone, somewhere, figured out how to control anxiety and panic attacks with medication. Without medicine, I would be in some serious trouble. I feel like I would probably be curled up somewhere, crying, watching life pass me by. Would I be on disability? Would I have lost my job? What… Continue reading Love/Hate Meds!

Anxiety Medication, Getting Help for an Anxiety Disorder, Recovering from an Anxiety Disorder

Was I Addicted to Xanax?

During my worst days, my Xanax intake looked something like this: 2:00am: Wake up in a panic and take a Xanax. 6:00am: At exactly 4 hours, the sensations would start coming back. At this time, the kids were up and I needed to function and pretend I was fine. I would take another one. 12:00pm:… Continue reading Was I Addicted to Xanax?

Anxiety Medication, Getting Help for an Anxiety Disorder, The Beginning of an anxiety disorder, Tips

Binge-Drinking

Anxiety disorders come in different shapes and sizes: Panic Disorder: extreme fear, or terror, at a random place and time. You might feel a racing heart and shortness of breath. Social Anxiety Disorder: extreme anxiety in social situations. You might feel very self-conscious and fixate on others judging you. Specific phobias: You have an extreme fear of something… Continue reading Binge-Drinking

Anxiety Medication, Getting Help for an Anxiety Disorder, Tips

Giving Up!

When I was younger, I expected to be married before my 23rd birthday. I was devastated when at 24, I was STILL SINGLE! I didn't even meet my husband until I was 27! I always expected to have children. When my first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage, I was overcome with sadness and an unexplainable emptiness. I never… Continue reading Giving Up!

Getting Help for an Anxiety Disorder, Preventing an Anxiety Disorder, Tips

Do More of What You LOVE

Are there certain things you hate to do, like cleaning the bathrooms? Laundry? Cooking? Mowing the Lawn? Washing Cars? Life is full of tasks you "have" to do that you hate to do. When I have to do something I really don't want to do, I tend to obsess about it, get upset, stress and then do nothing! If you have high anxiety or… Continue reading Do More of What You LOVE

Recovering from an Anxiety Disorder, Tips

My Theory on Cubans and Anxiety

Growing up, I vaguely remember hearing my grandmother talking on the phone about other family members. It seemed everyone had "una enfermedad de los nervios". Translation: a condition that affected the nervous system (anxiety). Also, growing up, I heard stories about how wonderful the old pre-Castro Cuba was. It seemed Cubans were always having a… Continue reading My Theory on Cubans and Anxiety

Getting Help for an Anxiety Disorder, Tips

Back to School Anxiety

This post is not about MY anxiety over my kids going back to school. I have absolutely NO anxiety about that! I can't wait, actually! This post is about the kids who might be suffering from anxiety or some other mental disorder themselves and how they might feel going back to school. So many children these days… Continue reading Back to School Anxiety