How I’m Coping with COVID Anxiety

Everyone is a little extra stressed these days due to the effects of COVID stretching across the world. My anxiety got the best of me last month and I landed in the ER due to a panic attack that made me think I was about to die from a heart attack. The anxiety issue is … Continue reading How I’m Coping with COVID Anxiety

A Massive Panic Attack Sent Me to the Hospital

Yesterday I was having a good day, that is, until a massive panic attack sent me to the hospital. It was a first for me, and I'm the kind of person who will do ANYTHING to avoid the doctor. I will not go unless I seriously think I am dying, and unfortunately, that's exactly what … Continue reading A Massive Panic Attack Sent Me to the Hospital

Quarantine, COVID-19 and the Introvert

As COVID-19 swept through the world and quarantine (or Safer at Home) orders were announced, every introvert was suddenly given permission to just be their natural selves. Stay at home and avoid interacting with people? No problem! That's what I really wanted to do anyway! In one way, it was a great relief to take … Continue reading Quarantine, COVID-19 and the Introvert

Dealing with Anxiety, a Pandemic and Quarantine

A pandemic is enough to stress out anyone. Throw in a possible quarantine and a lot of unknowns, and it's easy to fall into the anxiety spiral. Here in Jacksonville we aren't on total lockdown yet, but you can feel it coming. Every morning I check the news and see it creeping closer and closer … Continue reading Dealing with Anxiety, a Pandemic and Quarantine

Coronavirus Craziness Cancels March, Possibly April

The world has officially gotten weird as the coronavirus has cancelled everything in March and is spreading to April and beyond. I'm currently moving past a state of frustration and disappointment and settling right back into the same place I was working hard to break out of- a neurotic mess of anxiety and stress. My … Continue reading Coronavirus Craziness Cancels March, Possibly April

Good Friends Can Be Better than Xanax

I got to go to dinner recently with a couple of good friends that I've known for 25 years! We used to be crazy raver kids that danced until dawn, and now I have a kid and have to get home early so I can wake up at dawn. Times sure have changed, but our … Continue reading Good Friends Can Be Better than Xanax

That Time I Was a Jerk by Accident

A few weeks ago there was an incident at the grocery store that embarrassed me to the point of considering only shopping by Shipt for the rest of the year, or at least until I thought maybe the workers stopped passing around the latest gossip like "Hey, did you hear what that lady did the … Continue reading That Time I Was a Jerk by Accident

My Experience with EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy

The other night during a storm the lights went out and I was suddenly plunged into darkness. I calmly reached for my phone, turned on the light and went looking for the flashlight. This is a stark contrast to how I used to react to the dark, and the change is all due to one … Continue reading My Experience with EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy

Apple Picking and an Anxiety Attack

A few days ago, I posted a nice blog about our trip to Bryson City and how we went apple picking on the way home. It was all hearts and rainbows and happy times. Well here's what really went down as soon as we stepped into the orchard, which was shortly followed by a massive … Continue reading Apple Picking and an Anxiety Attack

World Mental Health Day and Blogging to Stay Sane

I often joke that I started writing a blog to stay sane through the craziness of parenting, but I think that anyone who writes as therapy knows it's not really a joke. All of it. It's all true. (yes I just quoted Star Wars) Sometimes I feel like people just love categorizing all the things … Continue reading World Mental Health Day and Blogging to Stay Sane