Stress & Anxiety

Stress Meter Showing  Panic Attack From Stress Or WorryType As are prone to anxiety, pure and simple. Our ambitious, energetic, and controlling natures predispose us to problems with nervousness, anxiety, and even panic attacks. And since anxiety and depression are such “close cousins,” many Type As also experience an occasional bout of the blues, or worse.

However, there exist many well-developed methods for greatly improving your ability to cope with these illnesses so you can have a better quality of life.

My background and interest in anxiety and depression are, unfortunately, more than just academic. I have been a lifelong sufferer from anxiety. My anxiety and panic attacks began at the age of about seven, when I would awake in the middle of the night in extreme anxiety and panic, sometimes now referred to as “night terrors.” When I was in my late teens and early twenties, when psychological disorders tend to bloom, I had severe panic attacks for several years. All through my work life I struggled with anxiety, which occasionally manifested itself as generalized anxiety disorder, in which circumstance you are basically anxious about everything (life). Also, during my early retirement I had an episode of severe depression, which I later learned runs in my mother’s side of our family.

I have read scores of books on the subjects of anxiety and depression and spent countless hours in therapy. I have undertaken it as a key part of my life’s work to understand these psychological and emotional disorders in as fundamental and thorough a manner as possible. I have hundreds of pages of notes, scribblings, and learnings which may at some point form the basis for another book I will author.

There are many simple concepts that can take much of the “bite” out of anxiety and depression. The Feeling Wheel is a great tool for understanding and improving your mood and there are easy ways to quickly and effectively overcome a panic attack. There is no time like the present to start feeling better and begin finding more joy in your life!

 

Not Such Great Reasons to Drink Alcohol

Filed in Stress & Anxiety by on August 13, 2015 2 Comments
Not Such Great Reasons to Drink Alcohol

Those of you who have read my book (and for those of you who haven’t, shame on you!) know that I’ve had a long and eventful past with alcohol, and that’s being charitable. Whether it’s my Irish heritage or just lack of common sense, I never had much luck managing my alcohol intake. My hope […]

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So Many People Suffering in Silence

Filed in Stress & Anxiety by on July 9, 2015 2 Comments
So Many People Suffering in Silence

There are tens of millions of people in the U.S. who suffer from mental and emotional disorders. Anxiety, depression, phobias, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, etc.—it is sad to think of so many people in such great distress. Most suffer silently and bravely, day in and day out. May God bless them and give them strength. […]

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I Am So Thankful I Have Difficulties in My Life

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I Am So Thankful I Have Difficulties in My Life

Most people bemoan the difficulties and obstacles they face in life. If we could only avoid all of our problems, life would be perfect, and we would be perfectly happy! We become ill, lose our job, get divorced, experience anxiety or depression, or face some other unexpected challenge, and we view it as an unwelcome […]

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What NOT to Do When You Are Stressed Out

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What NOT to Do When You Are Stressed Out

I was watching a TV program last night and the main character had an extremely stressful job. His way of coping was to cheat on his wife with another woman. What struck me was that rather than relieving his stress, as he had hoped, it instead just ending up adding a tremendous amount of stress […]

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Be Brave Enough to Be Your Genuine Self—What’s the Alternative?

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Be Brave Enough to Be Your Genuine Self—What’s the Alternative?

I have written often about how I admire Lady Gaga for being brave enough to be her genuine self, as reflected in my articles Why I Like Lady Gaga So Much and Lady Gaga Does It Again! Now I want to share some of my own history and experiences in this regard. I remember being a junior […]

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The Feeling Wheel

Filed in Stress & Anxiety by on August 26, 2014 9 Comments
The Feeling Wheel

How to Use “The Feeling Wheel” In my book I’m a Type A—How the Heck Will I Ever Retire? I stress the importance of Type As being aware of their feelings and emotions as a way to better being able to relax. It is often unaddressed feeling and emotions that make it difficult for Type […]

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I Am So Stressed With This New Assignment!

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I Am So Stressed With This New Assignment!

I have often talked about how Type A’s crave control and how their minds are always racing with ideas, analyzing, planning, etc. At no time is this more the case than when we take on a new project or position at work. When we take on a new assignment, this constant worry and mental consternation […]

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You Will Never Be Happy Without This One Critical Thing

Filed in Stress & Anxiety by on July 24, 2014 6 Comments
You Will Never Be Happy Without This One Critical Thing

Throughout the ages, philosophers have sought the key to happiness. It has been endlessly discussed, argued about, and dissected. In more recent times, popular culture and social media are likewise fixated on how to live a better and happy life. Is the key to happiness seeking pleasure? Is it money? Could it instead be focusing […]

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How to Greatly Improve Your Relationships

Filed in Stress & Anxiety by on May 8, 2014 2 Comments
How to Greatly Improve Your Relationships

In this, my final post on negative and irrational thinking, I will relay three more types of cognitive distortions from Scott Burns’ seminal book, “The Feeling Good Handbook.” Since we have firmly established in previous posts that all of my followers are much too well-adjusted to succumb to any type of distorted thinking, I will […]

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More Examples of Faulty Thinking That Other People Experience

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More Examples of Faulty Thinking That Other People Experience

In this post I continue my discussion of cognitive distortions, which are habitual negative and irrational thoughts that cause us to feel bad about ourselves. You might want to be aware of these so that you can identify when other people (less well adjusted than you), such as family and friends, fall into these cognitive […]

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