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Re: Great anxiety story in The Atlantic
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2014, 02:11:21 PM »
Reading it over now. One question, though: did you write this or someone else?
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Re: Great anxiety story in The Atlantic
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2014, 08:42:03 AM »
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.
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Re: Great anxiety story in The Atlantic
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2014, 09:19:14 PM »
Reading it over now. One question, though: did you write this or someone else?

No, I didn't write it
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Re: Great anxiety story in The Atlantic
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2014, 09:27:11 PM »
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.

It's amazing how successful he was able to become with the level of anxiety he experiences. He mentioned he's tried everything, but he didn't say he's tried exercise. IMO exercise is the best treatment for my anxiety.

Benzos work if I don't take them regularly. Alcohol works for a short time then I feel worse, and you shouldn't drive if you drink. So alcohol has its limitations, but exercise and a steam room afterwards works great for me, along with living a healthy lifestyle in general i.e. no smoking; no fried; foods; very little sugar; ec cetera

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Re: Great anxiety story in The Atlantic
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2014, 10:02:33 PM »
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.
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Re: Great anxiety story in The Atlantic
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2014, 10:14:26 PM »
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.

Me too.

My whole career revolves around my anxiety. I was going to be a teacher, but I couldn't do it due to the anxiety. Oh well, I'm probably better off for it. I really didn't like school. I don't know why I would want to spend any more time in an institutional setting than I have to.

What do you do?
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Re: Great anxiety story in The Atlantic
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2014, 08:27:30 AM »
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.
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Re: Great anxiety story in The Atlantic
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2014, 12:06:03 PM »
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.

I think you're right. Also, some people are more anxious about some situations than others, some people aren't anxious at all in some situations, but are anxious in other situations.

I'm extremely anxious around a boss, but I'm not anxious at all at the gym. I know some people are terrified of gyms.

I think he's right about nature and nurture. My mom divorced my dad when I was one and she's naturally highly anxious and depressed anyways. So obviously it was an especially highly anxious time before I was born.
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Re: Great anxiety story in The Atlantic
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2014, 04:30:43 PM »
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.
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