Posted on 27 October 2016 by Michael Dahl

capitalizing “A” and “D” for Anxiety and Depression

Side note:  I will be writing soon about my recent successes in minimizing the Anxiety I feel daily. But I felt it “proper” (pun intended) to again describe why I capitalize the first letters “A” and “D” for Anxiety and Depression. You can criticize my writing skills or command of the English language for many reasons, but the use of capital letters in this — my — case are not mistakes.

I capitalize the “A” and “D”  in Anxiety and Depression for a couple reasons. First, I imagine them as powers unto themselves — proper (not common) nouns. While I don’t write much about Depression anymore — 15 months ago I broke free of that demon — I do, at times, write about depressive thoughts that are often the result of the Anxiety I endure. But depressive thoughts don’t plague me for days on end and curl me up on my bed as I wait to fall asleep.  They are just thoughts, not enduring states of my mind.

Regular readers know I do write about Anxiety a lot. And while I’ve wrest myself free (for the most part) of some of Its (proper capitalization) more intense impacts — regular panic attacks, freezing up in a variety of situations, etc. — It is still a beast I must contend with.

And that’s the second reason I capitalize the “A” in Anxiety. It is a beast, a demon, a power — only as I imagine it, not in reality — that I can have some agency in besting.

My therapist has taught me several tactics to reduce (and sometimes erase) the power Anxiety wields on me. In addition to the two posts (1 and 2) I often share, my therapist has recently taught me how to use the “multiplier effect” and “ride the surge”. I will be writing more about both of these tactics in the future.

I am curious. What tactics do others who suffer from Anxiety use to minimize Its grip?

(I always advise others who suffer consider — with their doctor’s guidance — medication and talk therapy as a means of treating Anxiety and Depression.)