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 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
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!
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
When someone has Agoraphobia, the fears are somewhat irrational. Knowing that, doesn’t change the fear. If someone would say “you have nothing to be afraid of”, I would think “NO SHIT!” I knew there was nothing to be afraid of, but it didn’t matter. There is no “off” switch. The sensations are just there. One… Continue reading Short Stories – Walgreens
March is always a stressful month. I celebrate my son's birthday three times I celebrate my daughter's birthday three times Our church has a carnival Easter lands in March sometimes Which means Spring Break is in March My son's birthday is March 14th and exactly two weeks later is my daughter's birthday. Why do I celebrate birthdays… Continue reading March Madness!
February 27th, 2011 was a Sunday... 4 months since THE panic attack 3.5 months on Xanax 2 months since I had stopped working 1 and 1/2 months since I started Pexeva at the right dose. Tomorrow I go back to work and not much has changed with my condition. Xanax lasts 8 hours now, because it is the extended release one. I take… Continue reading My Psychiatrist Thinks I’m Ready to go Back to Work…
The first session with a hypnotist was calming. He was able to get me to focus on a black and white swirly wheel, then close my eyes and focus on a white light in my mind. On this day, I was feeling the usual - nervous stomach, nausea, a little shaky and a racing heart.… Continue reading Hypnosis – Final Visit
Yes, I tried hypnosis! I was able to drive now and did not have to inconvenience anyone to take me anywhere. On this day, I went to see my Psychologist. Even though I was driving, I was not better. The Xanax was taking longer to wear off, so that boosted my confidence enough to drive.… Continue reading Hypnosis – First Visit
According to my doctors, anxiety like other "mental" disorders are hereditary and I mostly blame my dad (jokingly). I often joke that everything that is "wrong" with me, I inherited from him. He agrees and then we both laugh. My dad is very funny and I am so grateful that I inherited his sense of… Continue reading Short Stories – My Dad