And we’re back!

Can we just talk about how awesome vacation is? I feel like this is a thing that people know - and that I guess I kind of know, too - but it has been a really long time since I've had a vacation that wasn't overshadowed by anxiety. Even with my family, there's always some … Continue reading And we’re back!

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Trip day 4

Just a quick update: we made it to the dude's parents' house last night. When I walked into that bathroom to get ready for bed, I felt - for what I think is the first time - how truly different I am from when I was here two years ago. Of course, it helps that … Continue reading Trip day 4

Trip day 2

We got to Raleigh late last night, and went straight to bed. I don't think I woke up once during the night. But this morning, well, anxiety had other ideas. It woke me up with a jolt and an immediate feeling like I was about to unravel. The thing about anxiety is that it makes … Continue reading Trip day 2

Trip day: departure

GUYS. GUYS. GUYS. I FEEL NORMAL. Seriously. Not even any tightness in the chest or feeling on alert, which are typically the symptoms that stick around longest. Ok, so, here's my morning so far: 6:55 am: wake up with some pretty intense tightness in the chest and a very strong feeling of being on alert. I … Continue reading Trip day: departure

Oh, hey, I know you.

Did anybody else spend this morning with a ball of hot scratchy anxiety in their chest? No? Just me? Cool. Let me back up. The dude and I (and the dog) are leaving tomorrow for Florida. We're going to spend two days driving down, then stay for almost a week, then spend two days driving … Continue reading Oh, hey, I know you.

Profile of a fellow anxiety sufferer

Today we're doing something a little bit different. While this blog will still mostly focus on my experiences with anxiety, I'm going to start interviewing other people who deal with anxiety and posting it here every so often. Partly this is because my experience isn't universal, and there are definitely things about me or my … Continue reading Profile of a fellow anxiety sufferer

How The Atlantic totally got anxiety management wrong

I've been super excited lately about how often well-known folks like Kristen Bell and others are being forthright and straightforward about their struggles with mental health. That is so freaking awesome. I love that we live in a world where people talking about being vulnerable, where people admit that they don't actually have their shit together all … Continue reading How The Atlantic totally got anxiety management wrong