I need to show this to my family and friends
I need to show this to my family and friends
do you have any tips for someone who has driving anxiety? i have been avoiding the freeway lately but it’s making my commute time sooo much longer. in southern california you can’t get away from driving. i was in an accident when i was younger and had anxiety even being in a car but i eventually got over it and was comfortable driving. i moved to chicago for 3 years and came back. all of a sudden driving gives me SO MUCH anxiety. even worse than the first time i was anxious. when i’m on the freeway it feels like i’m going to black out. is there anything i can do?
Start with small trips - if the anxiety is too much, just drive one round around the block. Five minutes. Do this every day for a week. Little by little you’ll feel less anxiety and will be able to expand driving time. Not all at once, push yourself just a little each time.
The next week, you can start doing longer and more challenging trips, using more crowded roads, expanding driving time… It is important that you push yourlself todo this every day and don’t stagnate. Keep moving forward.
If it doesn’t work, don’t push it too far either, and seek professional help - I don’t want you to risk your health and other’s by pushing yourself too much!
Safety first! :P
I wish you luck and courage!
Just trying to get the message out there, I hope this helps someone
Holy shit I had no idea so many people needed this information - well you know where I am if you need me
Finding the right therapist for you is very important. The one you went to 2 years ago wasn’t the right fit for you, but it doesn’t mean that any therapist in the world will be ineffective. Your father is in the wrong here.
Your conunsellor probably will talk to your mom about the importance of you getting a therapist. It would be perfect if your counsellor talked to your father too and made him see that he’s not helping you with that behaviour.
Probably hearing it from the mouth of a professional will make him change his mind and realize what is best for you.
I wish you luck.
You can ask straightaway that you’re having difficulties with your progress in X (and explain why, if you feel that you’re doing everything that’s in your hand and it’s not enough, for example… whatever issue you have with it) and that you’d want to hear her/his opinion on it. Or ask directly for reassessment, with something along the lines of “I think some words of recognition and encouragement would help right now, I need to feel I’m doing OK”
It is important that you can communicate openly and directly with your therapist. Communication is key for psychologycal treatment to be accurate. If you usually feel that your therapist discourages communication (making judgements, dismissing what you have to say, imposing her / his opinion) you may want to find someone else who makes you feel more comfortable and at ease.
(con’t) Also, it’s not that I’m actively depressed all the time or anything, it’s more of like if I’m not doing something else to distract me from it, I return to that state, and it’s always in the background (and then if I think about it a bit more I’ll actually start feeling more depressed). And then it make it a bit harder to get started doing something. But I’m still functioning at a high level (if very inefficiently) and that’s another reason I’m wondering if I’m just overdiagnosing myself.
Talking from my own experience, you could be experimenting a mild depression. This is not a diagnosis (we cannot offer diagnosis here) but rather a reassessment that yes, something could be wrong. If you can, seeing an specialist would be a good idea. It is easier to look for resources that suit you when you have a solid diagnosis.
My advice is that you focus and find some things that give you motivation to go on. This way, you take control over what happens next. The mere feeling of being in control can be very reassuring.
Try elaborating a ”pleasant event schedule”
Joining a club of activities you like. It will keep ou busy and entertained and youmay meet people with your same interests.
Set mid term goals for yourself, see if you can reach them. It doesn’t have to be anything grandiose, small challenges are enough.
Picking up an old hobby that you have abandoned.
Learning a new skill (learn to play an instrument, making pottery, crocheting, riding a bike, cooking, building furniture, sewing, gardening your own vegetables, whatever catches your interest you can learn to do.)
DIY Calming Snow Globe
This is essentially a Glitter Jar, but with a holiday twist. I chose a plastic rounded jar from the dollar store, and hot glued some Christmas miniatures to the lid before following the normal instructions with white/silver glitter (snow). A more detailed tutorial can be found here.
I don’t care what kind of blog I have I will blog this no matter what.
"Craving sensation: feeling unreal" was such a huge part of the beginning of my relapse. I was convinced that people in front of me didn’t even exist and I kept touching things and trying to feel sensation. I’m reblogging because I know that that was so horrifying for me and I never want anyone else to go through it.
In case someone needs to see this
The popular phrase ‘overcoming a disability’ is used most often to describe someone with a disability who seems competent and successful in some way, in a sentence something like “She has overcome her disability and is a great success.” (…) The ideas embedded in the ‘overcoming’ rhetoric are of personal triumph over a personal condition. The idea that someone can overcome a disability has not been generated within the community; it is a wish fulfillment generated from the outside. It is a demand that you be plucky and resolute, and not let the obstacles get in your way. If there are no curb cuts at the corner of the street so that people who use wheelchairs can get across, then you should learn to do wheelies and jump the curbs. If there are no sign language interpreters for deaf students at the high school, then you should study harder, read lips, and stay up late copying notes from a classmate. When disabled people internalize the demand to “overcome” rather than demand social change, they shoulder same kind of exhausting and selfdefeating “Super Mom” burden that feminists have analyzed.
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