Alastair Campbell: Depression & Me. Another Great Mental Health Documentary.

This was another great documentary by the BBC for Mental Health Awareness Week; and again, it was great to see a public figure being so open in sharing their struggle with a mental health issue. Like most words related to mental health issues, depression is wildly misused.  As we saw with Alastair Campbell, depression isContinue reading “Alastair Campbell: Depression & Me. Another Great Mental Health Documentary.”

Nadiya, Anxiety & Me – A Great Insight to Anxiety.

I really admire the courage it took for Nadiya Hussain to make the documentary about her struggles with anxiety, and I applaud the way it was presented because it showed very clearly that anxiety is complex and not always logical. Understanding the complexities of anxiety is hard enough as it is, especially for those whoContinue reading “Nadiya, Anxiety & Me – A Great Insight to Anxiety.”

Anxiety and the Brain, Part 9: Useful Examples of Amygdala-based Anxiety.

The book I have been referencing for the Anxiety and the Brain series (Rewire Your Anxious Brain) has some examples of how anxiety can affect someone, and why amygdala-based anxiety does not always make logical sense. The Anxious Teddy Bear: A lady was presenting a teddy bear to her grandson, who was running happily towardContinue reading “Anxiety and the Brain, Part 9: Useful Examples of Amygdala-based Anxiety.”

Anxiety and the Brain, Part 8: Learning from Experience.

“The amygdala is not logical.” Trying to alleviate anxiety, panic, worry and avoidance of triggers with reasoned thought and rational arguments is never going to work.  Those close to you will always try to help by offering logical reasons for what is going on with you; unfortunately they have not experienced what you have, soContinue reading “Anxiety and the Brain, Part 8: Learning from Experience.”

Anxiety and the Brain, Part 7: Learning the Language of the Amygdala.

We now know that the amygdala is a big player when it comes to anxiety, but how do you understand something that you have no control over? If you want to understand someone who is speaking a foreign language, you learn the language or find a way to communicate, otherwise you won’t have a clueContinue reading “Anxiety and the Brain, Part 7: Learning the Language of the Amygdala.”