Today's guest post is brought to you by former anxiety sufferer Jon Jones. Jon began his struggle with anxiety and depression over 18 years ago. And after years of struggling he's learned how to overcome these two challenging conditions. -- Paul Dooley Being confident and feeling great about yourself are two qualities that make life deeply satisfying. You have a spring in your step and a twinkle in your eye. People you meet are swayed by your natural charisma and charm. The good times are better and the bad times not so bad. You can
You know that other people don't bite, right? Of course they don't. So why do people with social anxiety run around like they do? Well, if you fear other people let's start with why you're afraid. You're afraid of being judged, criticized, ridiculed or laughed at. You don't like the feeling of strangers approaching or crowds gathering. So you hide. You cower in your home. You limit the places you visit. You drown your fears in the mundane but deep down you wish you could do more. Maybe there's hope though. Maybe your fear of
Recently I found myself on a website that had a lot of comments about how talk therapy was a waste of time and money. Well, consider this a response to all those people. Now, for starters, it's true that I am biased. I mean, I am a grad student learning to become a psychotherapist after all. Just keeping it honest. I also lived with severe anxiety and depression for over 10 years, so it isn't like I don't know what it's like to need or undergo therapy myself-- been there, done that. So, here's the thing: Talk therapy works. And it
Today's guest post is brought to you by Daniel Stelter from the Anxiety Support Network. For many social anxiety sufferers including myself, a common thought that we often struggle with is the belief that we are bothering other people by talking to them or asking them things. Sometimes, this belief arrives from the experience that when we were so afraid of doing things on our own, we would ask so many questions of others that we actually did end up bothering them. Once it became clear to us that we were overstepping our bounds and
I'd bet a hundred dollars that sometimes you feel like you're the only person in the world that feels like you do. However, it's well known that you're not alone. Millions of people have problems with anxiety and depression. In fact, almost everyone alive will go through some kind of mental health issue during their lifetime. That's why it's no surprise that Hollywood has produced tons of movies depicting characters with psychological issues. Because on some level we can all relate. We've all been there so to speak. The other thing is,
photo credit: dailyinvention In this episode of the Anxiety Guru Show I explore the connection between anxiety and depression. I also talk about what you can do to cope with both of them. I thought it was important to talk about depression because many anxiety sufferers have to deal with it. It can be really confusing and frustrating to be scared and sad at the same time, so I wanted to provide a short guide to help those feeling like there's no hope for the future. Anxiety and depression in some ways are joined at the hip. So that
Today's guest post is brought to you by Dan Stelter of Anxietysupportnetwork. Does social anxiety make you feel lost some times? Like you just don't fit in anywhere? Dan's article is a great starting point for you if you've ever felt this way in the past. Dan has a lot of useful insights about social anxiety on his site and I'm glad that he was willing to share some of those ideas with us here. For those of us suffering from social anxiety disorder, we often find ourselves being run-down by others and being pushed outside of the group.
After several hours of pounding on my keyboard I was able to resurrect the Anxiety Guru forum. Some time ago now a spammer did a real number on it, so I shut it down temporarily. But I think it's been long enough and it's now available. After the "attack" I was a little bummed because the forum was gaining some momentum, but oh well it's back now and I hope all of you take full advantage of it. I think forums are a great place to get and give information, so if you have something to say CLICK HERE and get started.
Over the course of a decade you can learn a lot about anything. You can become an expert at car repair, kitchen remodeling, hair styling, or in my case you can learn all about anxiety. Since 1999 I have been battling anxiety non-stop and as a result I've learned a thing or two about this topic (I've recovered since then). Many of my thoughts on this issue are short thoughts or blurbs that I've collected over the years and for no particular reason I wanted to jot them down. I can't possibly recall everything but here is a good chunk of