Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Surviving anxiety.

Scott Stossel is right on the money.

He's the guy who recently penned the cover story for The Atlantic, "Surviving Anxiety." His somewhat lengthy essay was refreshing, honest--and I'm just so glad it's out there.  He talks about all the ways that he's tried to cope with his disorder, and really exposes what it's like to live with this condition.
"Stigma still attaches to mental illness. Anxiety is seen as weakness. In presenting my anxiety to the world by writing publicly about it, I’ve been told, I will be, in effect, “coming out.” The implication is that this will be liberating. We’ll see about that. But my hope is that readers who share this affliction, to whatever extent, will find some value in this account—not a cure for their anxiety, but perhaps some sense of the redemptive value of an often wretched condition, as well as evidence that they can cope and even thrive in spite of it. Most of all, I hope they—and by “they” I mean “many of you”—will find some solace in learning that they are not alone." --Scott Stossel
I feel the same as I write in this blog, and actually thought that speaking out about having anxiety would be similar to a homosexual who "come out of the closet." At least that's what it feels like to me.

For so long, anxiety was this hidden thing in my life. This huge aspect of it that I kept under wraps. I was so conscious about not letting too many people know the extent of the problems I experienced at the time. While I wish I was brave enough to blog about it when I was in the thick of it, I know that I was where I was--albeit fairly silent--for a reason. I had to get to a certain point healing to start talking. To share. Now, finally, I'm there. Scott, you're not alone either as you embark on the "coming out" journey.

I've already ordered a copy of Stossel's new book on anxiety, My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind.

I put that sucker on a two-day Amazon Prime delivery. (As all things should be!)

I can't wait to read about his experiences. I hope it empowers me, and you, to share our vulnerabilities. I truly believe that's a huge part in recovery.

When we can start to say, "I have an anxiety condition, so what?" there is so much healing on the other side of that. It takes away anxiety's power, and enables others to connect with us. As much as some people don't "get it," there are so many who do, and who can help us as we make sense of this condition.

The Atlantic wants people to share their anxiety stories. I'm going to. Let's be brave together!


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