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How Did I Get Here??? From Calm to Panic in Three Short Years

I’m sure all of my fellow anxious brains can relate to a question I often found myself asking during some of my darkest anxiety-filled days, How did I get here?  Of course, this question stems from the obvious realization that we weren’t always like this.  Granted many of us were wired from conception with a tendency toward an anxious brain, and many of us dealt with anxious episodes as children, but, at least for me, paralyzing fear every time I attempted to leave my house, a brain set on catastrophe mode that would never shut off and seemingly nearly dying (read: having panic attacks) every other day absolutely did not used to be a part of my life, so, how did I get here?

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10 Signs I Was Becoming an Agoraphobe

I knew I never really felt like leaving the house, other than for absolutely mandatory activities such as work, but I didn’t immediately recognize this as a sign of dysfunction.  People just want to stay home sometimes, right?  I mean going out and running errands is such a hassle, it’s not that unusual to prefer the comforts of home.  Well, I eventually did start to notice that maybe my responses to doing things outside of the house weren’t so normal.  Here are the big 10 that let me know that maybe this whole anxiety thing had a firmer grip on me than I realized:

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Blogging About Anxiety is Giving Me Anxiety

So here I am, writing my very first blog post on my very first blog all about anxiety.  Guess what?  It’s giving me anxiety.  My name is Shauna and I have been blessed/cursed with an anxious brain.  I’ve dealt with anxiety since I was a child but it wasn’t until about six years ago that my intrusive thoughts, and physiological response in the form of panic attacks, became a debilitating part of my daily life.  I realize that some of you may have been dealing with anxiety for 50 years, and some may just be beginning to notice it creeping in on your thoughts, but no matter the length of time, an anxious brain is no minor foe to contend with.

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