My desire for a second baby was the push I needed to finally seek counseling. I found a therapist through my insurance (who, of course, barely covered the fees…) and reluctantly showed up for my first appointment. I showed up, which is the hardest and most important step, but I was not at all sure about what I’d just signed up for. I was nervous, anxious, judgmental, un-trusting and had set my walls up as high as possible. I wanted help, but this was kind of scary. I am 100% supportive of every and anyone seeing a therapist, but it’s very different when it comes to myself, and I think a huge majority of people feel this way.
Last week was hard. I’ve been dealing with some personal turmoil that I finally opened up about in therapy. I peeled back layers that I didn’t even know were there. It hurt. I felt exposed, raw and even a little depressed. I had a breakthrough in therapy, which is great, but it’s also emotionally draining. […]
Over the years I have tried numerous techniques to help me handle my anxiety and panic attacks. Yoga, praying, counseling, medication, meditation, exercising and diet changes, just to name a few, are all practices that I have tried/still do, but there’s one that I rarely talk about because it’s a little embarrassing and pretty silly. MANY […]
A couple of months ago, an article popped up in my Facebook feed with a title that went something like….10 Facebook Pages Every Writer Needs to Follow! I would never ever call myself a “writer”, but I do enjoy writing and am always looking for ways to improve my writing so I read the article […]
Monday was my one-month anniversary of finally visiting a doctor and getting my health on track. I’m already feeling better and I didn’t even cry this time! I want to celebrate by sharing some experiences and answering some questions about anxiety medication. When I began writing Positively Panicked I began getting lots of questions like […]
I did it. I went to the doctor today. Whew….boy, do I feel better! Husband went with me for support, and because he needed a check-up as well. As much as I appreciated his presence, it was not very helpful. I was so sick all morning leading up to the appointment. I lay on the […]
When I first started Positively Panicked, Husband’s loving Aunt sent me a book. I received Life With The Panic Monster, written by Evelyn Barkley Stewart, in the mail with no note attached, and was not quite sure what to think. I had never read a book about panicking and was afraid that reading about someone […]