What it’s like to be the partner of someone with anxiety

The dude has graciously agreed to answer some questions about what it's like to be the partner of someone with anxiety, because he's the best. Please forgive my crying and general smittenness - I'll try to keep it to a minimum.   Tell us a little bit about yourself and your general experience with anxiety. … Continue reading What it’s like to be the partner of someone with anxiety

A brief history of the anxious state

In looking over old entries, I realized that I've written about the last two years a lot. Like, A LOT a lot. And that makes sense to me because they've been really intense, but I also feel like there's a bigger picture here. The reason that last two years were so bad is because, before that, … Continue reading A brief history of the anxious state

Anatomy of a panic attack

There is a subtle but important difference between the triggers and underlying causes of anxiety, and sometimes it can be hard to recognize this difference without help. Triggers are usually small, specific instances that put you on alert. Underlying causes are more about why you're feeling the anxiety - what you're actually thinking about. Clues to these can often … Continue reading Anatomy of a panic attack

Where we are now

I have to admit, there was a time when I never thought I would make it to where I am now. Anxiety is hard, guys. Really hard. And the healing work is hard, too. Every step of this process has its own challenges, and when I look back on it, I'm kind of amazed at … Continue reading Where we are now

What I talk about when I talk about anxiety

I've written a lot about what panic attacks are like, and things you can do to calm yourself down. What I haven't really talked about it was the low-grade anxiety is like; the stuff that slowly builds and is just kind of always there in the background. I'm fortunate in that I don't live with the … Continue reading What I talk about when I talk about anxiety

Pilgrim’s progress

When I was younger, I absolutely loved Little Women. As in, read it more than once a year, felt Jo's anger and sadness every time Amy burned her book, cried every time Beth died, felt joy every time one of the sisters found their partner. It remains to this day one of my favorites. I remember … Continue reading Pilgrim’s progress