This Is What A Panic Attack Feels Like

I’ve realised lately that although I’ve been having them for at least two years now a lot of people still don’t really understand what it is that I mean when I say that I’ve had a panic attack. And since having panic attacks is a considerable proportion of what I’ve been doing lately I thought that I’d explain it here.I’m not sure that everyone will experience panic attacks in this way. I have a friend who experiences panic attacks about as often as I do, but speaking to her about it her’s sound like they feel completely different to mine. But anyway…...more

Discovery may lead to new anxiety treatments

If you suffer from anxiety you already know what it is: worry, uncontrollable feelings of fear or dread, uncertainty and often, catastrophizing.Anxiety disorders are one of the most common of mental health disorders and now scientists have more insight that could change the way they are treated.When scientists studied anxiety in rats (which are surprisingly similar to humans!), they found that anxiety is increased activity in the BLA (basolateral amygdala). ...more

My Son's 2nd Birthday & My Anxiety

I can’t believe that Jack turned two over the weekend. I  mean, we’ve been training him to say “I’m TWO!” for a month now, but still… suddenly it’s like he’s less of a baby and more of a little boy.Weird how that happens....more

Introverts are Lost

I know every mom struggles with raising their kids.  I just don't know how they can still smile and face the public after wrestling with them day in and day out.  I always thought of myself as an intelligent enough to face any challenge.  I was so wrong about parenting.  I can't fix one problem this year.  I concluded I must retire.  Everything I try, I either get vetoed by my husband or create more drama and tears.  Sadly, on the outside, it looks like we are overachievers and very stable and happy.  I may be the only mom that can admit the truth....more

Training your brain to be happy

There's some really fascinating insight in this article -- not only about how to  make yourself happy -- but also about which professions are least happy and why.I'd heard that dentists have the highest suicide rate due to their (perceived) lack of status among other medical professionals and their patients dread of going to the dentist. But this article talks about a couple other professions:

The Potty Party. Pity Party, too.

Lilian has been pooping in the potty for a week now. So, I got on the reliable "" and read up on potty training. I found an article "How to potty train in three days". Heck ya! Thats what we were going to do. Chad and I picked a weekend and dedicated it strickly to potty training. We even blew off the Super Bowl parties....more
It is stressful!  I waited until my daughter was 3 and 2 months and she potty trained ...more

My Teeth Hurt :(

I went to the dentist tonight.  I haaaaaate going to the dentist.  And let me be clear… I don’t hate the dentist.  My particular dentist hasn’t done anything wrong, and all the dentists at my dentists’ office are actually quite understanding and respectful of the sheer amount of anxiety I go in with....more

The Waiting: For Parents of College Applicants, Who Not to Talk to Until April 1st

Once college applications are completed, high school seniors enter a lull period, an interminable limbo, worsened by the pressure to keep their grades up.If you’re the parent of a senior, you can feel productive during this stage by selling your embarrassing large library of SAT prep books on e-Bay and ordering Twin XLsheets on sale.And, to maintain your sanity, here is a list of people NOT to talk to until after April 1st:...more

On Beyond Anxiety and Pain

May I be real (with you)? I want to share a part of this difficult, painful journey, without embarrassing anyone or causing anyone distress. Facing the reality that our marriage was "irretrievably broken" was hard. ...more
anxiety and pain can be both cathartic and detrimental but finding the balance is anxiety ...more