Today we are going to do something a little different, I am going to share an article that I thought was amazing! One of my former students, Dr. Madison, at fulloflifeholistics.com wrote an amazingly personal and heartfelt post about struggles with anxiety and how she overcame them.
There isn't much I can add to her story except that there is always hope, and you don't have to live life shackled by your fears of the unknown. Now, I like Dr. Madison, aren't licensed psychologist, psychotherapists, or counselors, but we have spent a lot of time in direct patient care.
It is scary sometimes as a practitioner when you hear the torment that people deal with on a daily basis. How they often think they can't imagine dealing with this problem that got them into your office for the next few days much less the next 40 years.
Then you get the added pressure of when that same patient tells you they have been to 10 other medical or health professionals before you and that you are their last hope. That is when every part of you puckers up and you get a knot in your stomach because life just got real for you and the person on the table.
In all honesty, this is happening way to often in today's society. I consider myself lucky that I have never had to deal with serious bouts of anxiety, and I am by NO means Type A personality. But I have had to help many patients through their fields of mental land mines and emotional triggers, and there are four things that have helped everyone. Sapolsky talks about it in his book "Why Zebra's Don't Get Ulcers".
Basically, we have been cursed and blessed with this massive frontal cortex of our brains that lets us be human and at the same time gets to over think EVERYTHING! The question / problem I have with modern society and medical treatment of these disorders is they are putting a bandaid on the problem and hoping that it heals. Five of the top 5 things that can help you naturally deal with anxiety or any other health concern.
Please go read her full article at http://www.fulloflifeholistics.com/events/addicted-to-worrying/
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