I have this quirk to my anxiety about small, grocery store purchases. I worry here and there about and waste time fretting over small price differences that don't mean jack in the grand scheme of things. For example, I have a preferred brand of peanut butter and it's a bit pricier because of its nutritional value - sometimes as much as a dollar or more higher than your regular … [Read more...] about Just Say “Screw It” to Pesky Anxieties
In Real Life
Have you experienced prolonged or repeated episodes of drama on Facebook? Do you find yourself complaining about the drama on Facebook? Or worse, have you taken a "break" from Facebook because of all the drama? *Caution: I sense a rant coming* My guess - and it's only a guess - is that those persons who seem to get repeatedly embroiled in Facebook drama possibly do so in real … [Read more...] about Facebook Drama – Seriously?
God love advocates for people with mental illness, but sometimes their attempts to reduce stigma ignore the hard realities of life. For example, a recent article used the revelations about Jesse Jackson Jr's bipolar disorder to launch into a generic lecture on mental health stigma that had virtually nothing to do with Mr. Jackson's specific experience. So of course, I'll use … [Read more...] about Hard Truths for Mental Health Crusaders
Do you remember the magic of catching fireflies as a child? Memories of catching them came back a few nights ago as I was walking Hunter and the fireflies were just rising from the ground. It was beautiful, but also sad as it occurred to me that my anxiety robbed me of some of the magic in recent years. How? Many years ago I noticed a few fireflies slipped into my … [Read more...] about Anxiety and the Vanishing Fireflies
I had a scare last night thanks to Hunter (see photo), a world-class sprinter. He slipped out the front door and took off on an epic journey through a new and exciting neighborhood as my father and I slowly, methodically stalked him in the dark of night until cornering him on a neighbor's porch. It was a revealing incident, a test of my ability to handle a stressful, … [Read more...] about The Dog, Anxiety, and Small Victories