Tag Archives: anxiety disorder

Coping With Separation Anxiety While Traveling Without My Kids

My husband and I spent Memorial Day weekend in Washington, D.C. It was a nice, much-needed getaway. The weather wasn’t terrible and we got to see my brother who lives in Virginia. And did I mention we were kid free? This made our trip much simpler than when we all go somewhere. We didn’t have…

Surviving Mother’s Day With A Toxic Mother-Child Relationship

It’s almost Mother’s Day. You can tell by the jewelry commercials on TV, the flower, candy and card displays in every store, and the print ads in your mailbox. For me, Mother’s Day means getting cards and drawings from my kids – and inevitably having to purge art from years past to make room. And…

Mental Illness and Why We Need To Take Cries For Help Seriously

Police are searching for a man in Cleveland, Ohio who posted a series of disturbing Facebook videos on Easter Sunday, one of which showed him shooting and killing a man he simply saw walking down the street. Before choosing his victim at random, he posted a video stating that he had “snapped” and was about…

How A BuzzFeed Podcast Led To My Anxiety Diagnosis

Two months ago I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. It was a diagnosis that was a long time coming. I’ve suffered my entire life with overwhelming and irrational thoughts, embarrassing nervous habits and missing out on things due to paralyzing nervousness. I was always written off as quiet or shy and I accepted those…

Growing Up Without A Dad And Making The Choice To Forgive

  Three years. That’s how long it’s been since the last time I saw my father. I was standing before his casket in a cold funeral home. An American flag draped across the casket’s cold metal surface. A red, white and blue flower arrangement stood off to the side. Right in front of me was…

What It’s Like Being a Mom with an Anxiety Disorder

I have what’s called “high-functioning” anxiety. Basically, although I’m usually dealing with paralyzing worry inside, you’d never know unless I told you. Although it impacts my ability to interact socially, my anxiety disorder has never hindered my ability to do things I HAVE to do – like working or going to school. My anxiety and…