For the past 24 years of my life, I’ve been wearing a mask.
Not just any old flimsy mask, either. No, this is a true military grade bulletproof battle helmet, complete with a stainless steel cage, high-density foam padding, and some screws to hold it all together. It’s even custom molded to better protect, perform, and intimidate.
ADAA Board Member Charles Nemeroff, Miller School of Medicine professor /chairman in the Dept of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science, is quoted in this article on how the university is helping students cope with the trauma of the Parkland School shooting.
It all started while driving to Virginia for my Uncle's 50th birthday party. I never made it there. I was on I-83 and had a full blown panic attack on 8/23/14. Of course, I didn't know what it was. I just kept saying to myself, "I don't feel right, I don't feel right."
It was the summer of 2012, just two days after Nick was gone again, that I made a hotline call. I couldn’t see the value in waiting for tomorrow. My call rolled to the voicemail of a nurse practitioner at the VA. Now I was pissed off. I left a voicemail and the following day I sat with a wonderful psychiatrist who helped me manage my overwhelming grief. I was diagnosed with clinical depression at 49 years old.
An underappreciated tool for successful living is “The Art of Disengagement.” There is much literature around engagement and holding one’s ground, but disengagement often gets the short end of the stick.
For those people with great relationships, Valentine’s Day can be a wonderful opportunity to show the one you love just how much you really love them by getting them a huge stuffed animal and box or chocolates. However, for some people, Valentine’s Day is just a day that reminds them that they are unable to find someone to love because of their dating and social anxiety.
ADAA is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depressive, obsessive-compulsive, and trauma-related disorders through education, practice, and research.