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Reading it over now. One question, though: did you write this or someone else?
This is one fantastic article, nothing less than a comprehensive study of anxiety from the age of 2. Wish I could memorize it to be able to quote it to others.The author is Scott Stossel, no less a luminary than the editor of The Atlantic. It is his story which did not stop him in his life. A great inspiration. Thank you for sharing this. Maybe we can find a way to highlight what is a lengthy report that addresses many aspects of this almost mystifying condition.
Long but great article. Despite all his multiple and horrific experiences, he managed to become successful, working for a leading magazine. I'd say that he kind of "lucked out" somehow. My anxiety has actually caused career standstill. I'm amazed at how his anxiety hadn't gotten in the way of his success. I wish I knew the secret.
Not to interrupt, want to add that I so agree re exercise, traditional and otherwise. But we must remember he had digestion issues, fear of throwing up which can be a deterrent. Tai Chi might have worked for him.He makes a notable case for the combination of nature and nurture doing its part, even in the womb which I always thought to be true. The stress hormones of the mother circulate to the fetus. The conflicting parents. Divorce, etc. The article is adapted from his new book My Age of Anxiety recently published. There is too much sitting here waiting to be read, but this is on my list. For now the article still keeps me busy.
Am so glad you called attention to the article. Now you even agree re the womb issue and divorce matter. The circumstances during my womb time were so bad I emerged knowing I did not want to be born or live. As to divorce, I've lost many an attempt to argue that much needs to be done to preserve a marriage once there is a child.Of course now I must get the book. It is on order in the library. For now I'm still reading (no, studying) the article.
Quote from: tinam7 on January 12, 2014, 04:30:43 PMAm so glad you called attention to the article. Now you even agree re the womb issue and divorce matter. The circumstances during my womb time were so bad I emerged knowing I did not want to be born or live. As to divorce, I've lost many an attempt to argue that much needs to be done to preserve a marriage once there is a child.Of course now I must get the book. It is on order in the library. For now I'm still reading (no, studying) the article.The reason I never married or had children is because I don't want my children to go through the same things I went through growing up with step-parents. If I ever have kids, it would have to be in a solid relationship that has a good chance of lasting.I actually think it's OK to use drugs like he used drugs to get through highly anxiety provoking situations. Knowing you have something that works really reduces anticapatory anxiety. The problem is when you start using drugs every day. If you use drugs every day, the drugs don't work when you really need them to work so you have to take more.Ironically, doctors love prescribing SSRI's that have never worked for me, but they hate prescribing benzo's. I currently have a prescription for clonazepam, and I'm supposed to take it every day, but I only take it for high anxiety provoking situations, but I'm not going to tell the doctor that.I would probably be better off with a benzo like xanax that's more powerful and shorter acting, but I'm reluctant to tell a doctor how I take them.
He presents a lengthy, detailed report on meds. We can do what is best for us, use our own judgment. I look to CBT which he hardly mentions. Also meditate he mentions only once and no mention of exercise.In the last part he does a bit of an about turn. Anxiety has its merit, he claims, can be good for us, be stimulating, help us to achieve. He achieved plenty but it was no pleasure trip. It is fascinating to get such insight from a person who has been plagued all his life. One way or another, there is hope.