Sunday, January 12, 2014

Anxiety resources.

I don't think we every really heal from dealing with anxiety. That, in itself, is a trauma all its own. But things can get better--there is healing no matter how unlikely it seems.

When I first started experiencing anxiety, I felt like most people. That is, I thought I was going crazy. My body had these weird sensations and on top of it, those feelings made me feel depressed. This is why the cycle of anxiety and depression are so intertwined.

So, where do you start? Where do you begin to heal? I say you begin by understanding the physical mechanisms of anxiety and panic attacks. Once I understood what was happening to me inside, I felt a lot  more normal.

No one really talks about what panic attacks feel like, and they certainly don't talk about the phobias that can arise out of them. I remember when I was getting panic attacks in college--it was hard to leave my dorm room or sit through a class. How weird was that? Not weird at all, in fact--actually, it was quite normal. So I started to explore what was going on. Even though, yes, I did think I was going nuts.

Here are some of the resources that helped me. These will explain what's going on in your body and how all that negative self-talk can evolve into something even worse. And how to stop that from happening, or deal with it if it has.

The best book I read at that time was From Panic to Power by Lucinda Bassett.


Later on when I sought therapy, this one helped too. Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David Burns.


And then this one, though quite older, has some really valuable information. Hope and Help for Your Nerves by Claire Weekes. She also has some great audio resources that kind of made me feel like I was hearing from a kindred soul. 


There is also an awesome community at www.anxietyzone.com that includes a chat and forums.

Please share your favorite resources with a comment about them! I'd love to eventually build out a section of resources on this blog!

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