The Ultimate Guide to Living (Well) With Anxiety, Part 5 – Natural Supplements for Anxiety

The Ultimate Guide to Living (Well) With Anxiety, Part 5 – Natural Supplements for Anxiety

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As usual:  I am NOT a doctor, and I am not formally educated on mental illness. You should see a doctor to learn about your options. I am not suggesting you take any of the supplements I mention in the following post. I am suggesting you research them and decide with your doctor if they are a good idea for you.

This isn’t to fuel the fire in the “anti-medication debate

Perhaps some people would call me a fence sitter, when it comes to the whole natural health vs modern medicine debate. Wait, don’t leave! If you are firmly in one camp or another, I’d say we can probably find common ground.

That’s the nice thing about fence sitting. I lean toward the natural, but I understand the place for medical intervention. If the only way you’re making it through the day is with your Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Lexapro or maybe Ativan, then who am I to tell you it’s not the right way?! It wasn’t the right way for me but that doesn’t mean it’s not working for you. (I do have a prescription for Ativan… but I only take it when it’s absolutely necessary. 50 pills can last me a year and a half or so.) (more…)

The Ultimate Guide to Living (Well) With Anxiety, Part 4 – Anxiety and Diet

The Ultimate Guide to Living (Well) With Anxiety, Part 4 – Anxiety and Diet

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As usual:  I am NOT a doctor, and I am not formally educated on mental illness. You should see a doctor to learn about your options. This post, in particular, is very much my own opinion. 

Anxiety and Diet

There is a possibility that your anxiety has nothing to do with your diet. Totally. If your anxiety is a product of a very traumatic experience, maybe it’s 100% a mental disorder. There is no real solid way to determine the cause of an anxiety disorder, unfortunately, because there are so many possible causes. There’s a chance that improving your diet won’t help. But there is also a (good, I believe) chance that it could help. Anxiety is complex, our bodies are complex. I have been absolutely convinced, through experience, that my diet directly affects my anxiety. (more…)

The Ultimate Guide to Living (Well) With Anxiety – Part 3, Understanding Panic Attacks

The Ultimate Guide to Living (Well) With Anxiety – Part 3, Understanding Panic Attacks

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As usual:  I am NOT a doctor, and I am not formally educated on mental illness. You should see a doctor to learn about your options.

Panic Attacks are awful

A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause. Panic attacks can be very frightening. When panic attacks occur, you might think you’re losing control, having a heart attack or even dying. -Definition from mayoclinic.org

If anxiety is new to you, or if you’ve just experienced your first panic attack you’re probably pretty overwhelmed by what just happened. (Or maybe you’ve had them for years and you still find them overwhelming – that certainly wouldn’t be unthinkable!)

They suck.

Saying a panic attack makes you feel like you’re losing control is like saying drinking a whole bottle of vodka in one sitting will give you a “buzz”. (more…)

The Ultimate Guide to Living (Well) With Anxiety, Part 2 – Understanding Anxiety Disorders

The Ultimate Guide to Living (Well) With Anxiety, Part 2 – Understanding Anxiety Disorders

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Understanding an Anxiety Disorder

Can you even begin to consider how to conquer your demons if you don’t know anything about them? Or can you be truly compassionate towards another person if you think they’re making a mountain out of a mole-hill?

If you’ve just developed an anxiety disorder (which is absolutely possible – they develop at any point in life for multiple reasons), you’re probably feeling at a complete loss for how to function normally.

Let’s start this off with some hope: anxiety disorders are very common and treatable. (more…)

The Ultimate Guide to Living (Well) With Anxiety – Part 1

The Ultimate Guide to Living (Well) With Anxiety – Part 1

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Do you have Anxiety?

If you’re reading a post about living with anxiety, chances are good that you or someone you know is dealing with anxiety. It can feel like a real uphill battle sometimes. (That’s the understatement of the year, no?)

It’s difficult for me to change lanes and write about the mental, the theoretical, the sometimes intangible. It’s just so much easier to write about the physical world. (Haha, it’s just my anxiety talking I’m sure!) So bear with me while I attempt to get on the right track – no two people are the same, but on the other hand, we’re all human and we’re kinda all the same. (more…)