Finding a vocabulary for anxiety

When anxiety first started to get really bad for me in 2014, I struggled with finding the words to describe what was happening to me. How was I supposed to explain the complete batshit craziness of what was happening? How was I supposed to explain that I was terrified for no reason? That I was … Continue reading Finding a vocabulary for anxiety

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Teenagers are pretty awesome.

HI GUYS. It's been a while. Forgive me. I'm been in school mode and it's been hectic and tiring and I feel like I don't quite have enough time for everything. Yet. It's also been pretty great, though, in more ways than one. Not only do I have a couple of students who have advocated … Continue reading Teenagers are pretty awesome.

Words, words, words

I've been thinking a lot about the dude's interview, specifically his comment about how when people have experienced some situational anxiety or apprehension, it's easy for them to think they know what it's like to live with an anxiety disorder. I've been lucky in that most of the people I've told about my experience haven't expressed … Continue reading Words, words, words

Awesome things roundup

Courtesy of my excellent partner and step-mom, here are three rad articles about anxiety that you should definitely check out. The two big beliefs linked to anxiety Red Sox's Brian Johnson on his journey with anxiety Learning to love my anxiety   Coming up here: my strength training workout, what it's like to be the … Continue reading Awesome things roundup

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

Working while anxious

One of the biggest struggles I've had with this whole anxiety thing is figuring out how to handle it at work. While this is tough for everyone, my job as a teacher has some very specific challenges that make dealing with anxiety really difficult. It's my responsibility to manage and guide the behavior or 30-some … Continue reading Working while anxious