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Anxiety Resources

Anxiety ResourcesFighting anxiety is something I’m passionate about so I’ve put together an Anxiety Resource Center post where I can point you toward helpful information, books, articles and my own advice. When I read through my posts, I see that I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs with my anxiety! I’ve struggled through the years and learned a lot of lessons about what works and what doesn’t. However, I don’t want to be the end-all be-all about what works and what doesn’t which is why I want to supply you with a bit more information than just my own posts. Afterall, just because it didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it won’t work for you! Anxiety is a very, shall we say, customized experience, so it calls for a individual treatment approach. Here’s a list of resources that I hope you find helpful.

Therapy:

I’ve been to therapy several times and have learned a lot throughout the years. Some of my experiences were more successful than others.  I will say that it pays to find the right person. I’ve often picked someone by their online profile, only to be disappointed once we start meeting. Don’t make this mistake! Do your research first but reserve the right to decide you need to find someone else or move on when and if the patient-doctor fit isn’t right.

Methods:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:  I have not found this therapy method to be helpful for me, but perhaps I didn’t approach it at the right time in my life.  Or it may be that different people with different types of anxiety respond better than others. It’s certainly worth researching!

ACT: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy:  I’ve found that ACT is a great method to get my thoughts in order and to tackle some of my perfectionism, control issues and more.  I definitely recommend this book:  Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life by Steven C. Hayes

Before tackling ACT, I had previously read A New Earth By Eckhart Tolle which changed my thinking about my mind and who I really am deep inside.  Coupling this with ACT was extremely helpful.  I also like An Untethered Soul by Michael Singer.  I wrote a blog post about this book: Shocking Truth: Turns Out I’m Not Human

In addition, I think that Meditation can be a highly useful tool in your mental health toolkit. I particularly like Meditation for Beginners by Jack Kornfield or Get Some Headspace by Andy Puddicombe.

There are plenty of other therapy methods out there, so do your research and find someone who can accommodate the approach that you think would work best for you.  Be prepared to be open minded because there may be something you’re unaware of or something else that might be more effective than you thought.

Here’s a good resource for Therapy options:  Types of Therapy at GoodTherapy.Org

My Blog Posts about Therapy:

My Own Rebuttal: Therapy and Social Anxiety

Does Therapy Work for Social Anxiety

Anxiety Percentages: From 0% to 10%

The Inner Critics in the Crime Family

Acceptance: Cause I’m Smart Enough, Pretty Enough and Dammit I’m Worth It!

Two Steps Toward Enlightenment, One Step Back

Directionless Jellyfish Recalculates her GPS

Medication:

There are many different medication options for anxiety. I personally have been on Paxil, Lexapro, Zoloft, Xanax and now Magnesium Citrate. Medications of course have side effects, so weighing those against the benefits is always important, however do realize that your side effects may be different than what someone else experiences and the benefits may outweigh the negatives.  Only you can decide through trial and error with your Doctor.

Here’s a good starting point for medications:  Psychotropic Medications at GoodTherapy.Org.

My Medication Posts (both the good and the bad!):

Reduce Anxiety Naturally: Magnesium Citrate

The Medication Merry-Go-Round

I’m Not Medicated

Talk about your Medicines Month

I’ll Have the Prescribed Sanity

Check out the “Best of Angst” tab above for additional posts.

Life with Anxiety:

Life with anxiety can be a frustrating and demoralizing experience.  Most people don’t realize the far reaching effects of anxiety.  It can affect everything from relationships, friendships, career, leisure time, social experiences and more. Even just simple daily tasks like getting a hair cut or buying groceries can be affected. I’ve been through so many of these issues with my anxiety and have often felt depressed, but overall I believe I’ve done well and have found supportive and amazing people in my life.  My best advice is to find someone who understands or who suffers from anxiety themselves and don’t be afraid to look online for people with anxiety!  We’re a big group and growing all the time which makes sense since Anxiety is one of the most common human experiences. Never doubt the benefit of having a friend along for the ride to discuss the ups and downs!

Anxiety Resources:

Psych Central: Panic About Anxiety with Summer Beretsky

Anxiety Really Sucks: Anxiety Resources

Psych Central: Top 10 Anxiety Blogs for 2014

Zoella: Dealing with Panic Attacks and Anxiety (YouTube)

Wonder Forest: Anxiety and Life

My Posts about Living with Anxiety:

New Anxiety and Fear Research: Joseph LeDoux

Anxiety & Career: Yes I’m Angry, Frustrated, Resentful and Unfulfilled

My Anxiety and Panic Methods

I Am Mentally Ill: Defeating Stigma

Would You Judge This Girl by Her Cover?

She Shrieks my Anxiety

Finally, I wrote a novel about how it feels to suffer from anxiety.  My story details the life of a college student struggling to hide her mental illness from friends and struggling to fit in. I’ve always hoped it could be a resource for people with mental illness, either to feel like you aren’t alone or to share with others what it feels like to struggle with anxiety on a daily basis.  My book can be found here: Angst.

Best wishes on your anxiety journey. It does get better and there are more resources than ever before available to us!

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About Victoria Sawyer (282 Articles)
Victoria Sawyer is a blogger, author, aspiring graphic designer, social media enthusiast and mental health advocate. Shocking, honest, sarcastic and humorous, Victoria aims to make readers feel tangible emotions and physical sensations through writing that brings you into the mind and body of someone suffering from panic attacks, anxiety and this strange often darkly hilarious thing we call life. She published her novel Angst in 2013, which realistically and often graphically depicts life with mental illness. Along with crazy blogging, Victoria enjoys reading historical novels, playing with her naughty cats, engaging in rants and metaphysical existential meltdowns and using punctuation to excess in everything she writes.

1 Comment on Anxiety Resources

  1. Thank you so much for sharing so much helpful information. This is a great post. Take care. I wish you the best on your journey. 🙂

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