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Don’t forget to feel

With years of therapy behind me, I often feel like I’m supposed to have the answers. Worrying about a mistake you made? Talk to yourself rationally. Balance those negative thoughts. Reassure yourself that things won’t matter in the long run, you’ve been through worse, no one will think less of you or even remember this incident. Everyone makes mistakes, you’re only human. All that CBT stuff.
None of it was working yesterday. Anxiety was swelling up, threatening to erupt through the positive self-talk, tears are about to flow…and then a breakthrough. “I just f-ing hate making mistakes!” I said it out loud and let the tears go. And suddenly I started to feel better. I am a perfectionist and hate making mistakes. You can try to talk me out of it all you want, but I still hate it. I had to acknowledge and feel that feeling before I could move on. Let myself break down, then work on putting me back together.
The lesson is, your feelings are valid. Even if they’re irrational, they are real. Acknowledge and accept them, and you can work on reshaping your thinking.
#AnxietyDisorders #EatingDisorders

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What is this thing called "Hope"? #seekingknowledge

What is this thing called hope? Yes, this is a serious question. What frame of reference do you use to explain something to someone who has never know or seen hope? We liken the situation to finding a single Waldo in a swarm of people who all look slightly like Waldo. But none ARE Waldo.

We are, at this point, 47 days into our 2 new Antidepressants, 21 days into our Antipsychotic and no change other than we sleep an added 1 to 2 hours a night. We are grateful for that. Our meds are increased every 2 weeks. I, since none of the other want to attend at this time, do video chat with at least 3 Doctors every week. The all tell me that hope will help us in this wait and see pattern we currently find ourselves stuck within.

We believe that everything in our universe has a counter balance. Night has Day. These are concrete, provable, repeatable facts available to establish what distinguishes Night from Day. Where "Hope" along with, it's 1st cousins the other emotions and "feeling" are all abstract concepts not grounded by facts.

What reference points does one use when trying to describe abstract concept of "hope" to one who has never seen or experienced it in their lifetime. How would you describe colours to a person who has never seen them? We have as little insight into what "hope" or any of the "emotions" are, at this point. What is this thing called "Hope" and where do we find it?

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The little things #MentalHealth

I find myself watching random content on YouTube sometimes to zone out. Today I stumbled upon a channel of someone who has otters for pets lol. They threw one of the otters a bday party, and I couldn’t get over how cute they were eating their little cake made of fish. It made me smile. #Anxiety #AnxietyDisorders #PanicDisorder

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Relapse of #Anxiety

First of all I didn't even know it was possible to have a "relapse" of anxiety, but I suppose it's pretty accurate to my situation.
I worked so hard to get to where I was, going to work and going to stores and going to get gas all by myself. Now I feel like I'm back at square one starting over. I haven't been going to work, I struggle to step foot in stores, and I haven't been able to even get gas. It's so incredibly frustrating and embarrassing. Anyone else have this happen?

(Image is a painting I did recently based on how I am feeling)

#AnxietyDisorders #GeneralizedAnxietyDisorder #Relapse #PanicAttack #Depression #struggling

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"Focus on the step in front of you, and not the whole staircase" #Anxiety #MightyTogether

Sometimes it can be so easy to focus on the whole staircase and not the step right in front of you/me. Anxiety can make this especially difficult, and so can a multitude of other emotions and conditions.

I think that this can be applied to mindfulness, too. Being in the present. Maybe, by taking time to exercise mindfulness, one can realize what step that first step is. The first step doesn't need to be a big first step. It can be a baby step. Maybe that first step needs to wait a bit or longer to be taken.

Take care of yourself and be kind to yourself.

#Motivation #Mindfulness #babysteps #AnxietyDisorders #physicalhealth #MentalHealth #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth

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catching the tide

it's like I'm trying to protect my sand castle from the tide. the more I fight, the stronger it comes. the more risk my castle I put. that's how my mental health been lately. the sand castle is my sanity and the tide is like the obstacle. alas, stupid of me fighting things that the universe has the only control or in my situation the external force. I used to say my mental health is like a hamster running on the wheel, but as I got motivate to go on with my life, I started to try controlling everything so my 'sandcastle ' will be safe. little do I know, the power that I have is to either let my sandcastle destroy or maybe I can build fence to protect it. or maybe just move it away. idk. #abandonmentissues #Paranoid #AnxietyDisorders #Anxiety

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Does anyone else feel their Mighty bucket filled by...MUSIC??🎵🎵🎶🎶🎧🎹🎸🎷🎻🎺🎼 #MightyTogether

Music. It can be listening to music, playing music, writing music, writing lyrics, anything having to do with music! I came up with todays 'prompt' a bit after having played my piano/keyboard some and studying out of a book a while before they about writing lyrics. For me, music touches my soul in ways other things can't...and maybe for reasons that I am keeping private. I do more listening to music than playing music. There are certain songs that are especially my go-tos! My bucket is definitely filled by the effects of music!

Does anyone else feel their bucket filled by music in some or any way?? Are there any songs that are your "go-to" songs? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments or in a separate post!

#DistractMe #peace #MentalHealth #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #ChronicIllness #Anxiety #AnxietyDisorders #Selfcare

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Does anyone else feel their Mighty bucket being filled by reading....QUOTES??📚📚👓👓📖📖🤔🤔 #MightyTogether

Quotes are a big one for me! I definitely am a lover of quotes. Some of the messages they portray can be so piercingly awesome and can really make me think, at times.

I love that there are even APPS for looking through quotes! Are any of you impacted by quotes in this way? Do you have any favorites you'd like to share?

#DistractMe #MentalHealth #AnxietyDisorders #UpliftingQuotes #InspirationalQuotes

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Does anyone else feel their Mighty bucket being filled by doing ART??? #MightyTogether

For me, art is something I love and I love experimenting with new ideas and or media! This is a piece I recently did using 'colored paper chalk' (I think)! Even though it was kind of messy, it was so much fun to see how I can blend the colors and make it turn out this way! It totally fills my bucket!

I find that I can express myself through my art and, in doing so, possibly get out emotions or feelings I have inside. Any kind of art counts as doing art, as well!

Does anyone else feel their bucket being filled by doing art? Please share your thoughts in the comments if you would like! You're even welcome to share pic(s) and/or an explanation in a separate post if you would like! Thanks!

#MentalHealth #AnxietyDisorders #DiabetesType1 #ArtTherapy