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Have Compassion for Someone Who Has Just Gone to Therapy

This may seem pretty basic, but I think it deserves noting: mental health therapy is hard. It’s hard in the best possible of ways. The person who is going is trying to heal their wounded mind.  And, just as healing comes with its discomforts and trials on a physical front, such is the case from […]

Catastrophizing, Anxiety, and panic attacks

In getting myself ready to start writing for my blog, Prone to Hope, again, I decided to sample about twenty of my previous entries (some published, some still in draft form).  I observed that many of the entries mention negative self-talk, putting myself down as an idiot or a stupid failure. For example, let’s say […]

Reviving Prone to Hope & ways to deal with negative self-chatter.

The following post is stolen word-for-word from a Facebook post I wrote this morning. Read no further if you’ve seen that. But please leave a comment if you like. I’m thinking about reviving my blog, “Prone to Hope.” I’ve been engaged in a lot of Anxiety-induced, negative self-talk for the past couple of months. It’s helpful […]

Me and SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

Thanks to everyone who reached out to me and sent me props after my last post on the Anxiety, which I still regularly contend with.  It means a lot.  And I am so lucky to be surrounded by such a supportive community. While Anxiety is still very present in my life, as I’ve noted before, […]

To err is human. To beat oneself up is Michael.

Low self-esteem, paired with Anxiety, sucks. Because of those mental illness-imprinted traits, I frequently call myself stupid — out loud at home, under my breath in public. I blow my mistakes out of proportion. There are times when I fail to accurately perceive how my thoughts and actions come across to the outside world. And […]

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