Temporal lobe epilepsy

For decades, she was told she was ‘just anxious.’ A midair incident uncovered the truth.
By Sandra G. Boodman
January 12

All her life, Lorri Devlin had been told that the troubling feelings she frequently experienced had a simple cause: she was “just anxious.”

Rethinking anxiety: Learning to face fear | Dawn Huebner

Rethinking anxiety: Learning to face fear | Dawn Huebner | TEDxAmoskeagMillyardWomen
Jun 22, 2015

anxiety is about perceived danger, which is different from actual danger. When we act based solely on nervous feelings, our worlds can become very small. Our desperate attempt to avoid discomfort and uncertainty fuels anxiety, and avoidance locks it in place. Yet we can take back control. We can learn to face our fears rather than running from them.

Dr. Dawn Huebner, a clinical psychologist in private practice, she treats children with a variety of emotional, behavioral and developmental concerns.

Huebner is the author of “The What To Do Guides for Kids” series


Why are we surprised that therapy has its downsides?
Some degree of distress just proves the process is working
2 Nov 2018

Oh, that wasn’t the right choice either

For Kids, Anxiety About School Can Feel Like ‘Being Chased By A Lion’
September 13, 2016

Jared’s been through a lot. He was diagnosed with severe anxiety and has been through therapy, hospitalizations and different medications.

“At the end of the day when you think back to all those choices you didn’t make and that you decided to stay home you realize, ‘Oh, that wasn’t the right choice either.’ “

1 in 4 women. 1 in 7 men.

Going Off the Pills
One in four American women takes psychiatric medication. Are we ill, or are we treating emotions like a disease?
March 25, 2015

One in four American women takes psychiatric medication, compared with one in seven men. Julie Holland, a New York psychiatrist, thinks that’s “insane.” In “Moody Bitches,” she advises women to accept the wisdom of their hormone fluctuations and not medicate their moods away with drugs like Prozac or Xanax. She argues that “women’s emotionality is normal. It is a sign of health, not disease, and it is our single biggest asset.” Her authority for this claim is not science, but feminine spirituality. “Reclaiming your authentic, natural self is liberating. It is wholesome and it is healing.” Adding a touch of sociobiology, she continues: “By evolutionary design, women’s brains have developed to encourage empathy, intuition, emotionality, and sensitivity.”

Anxious temperament

An anxious temperament in both humans and monkeys is evident from infanthood, is an important risk factor for later psychopathology, and is known to be heritable. [Editor’s summary]

Behavioural neuroscience: Genes and the anxious brain
Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg
Nature  466, 827–828 (12 August 2010)

Some people are naturally more anxious than others.
A brain-imaging study in monkeys provides surprising insights into which brain regions are under the influence of genes in this phenomenon and which are not.

DSM disorders overlap … with normality

DSM-5 “Addiction” Swallows Substance Abuse
Psychiatric Times. March 30, 2010
Allen Frances, MD

All the DSM disorders overlap with one another and frequently also with normality.
For example, there is no clear boundary between bipolar and unipolar mood disorder, between anxiety and depression, even between schizophrenic and psychotic mood disorders, and so on throughout all the sections.

Fear Of Fainting, Flight And Cheese

My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind

Fear Of Fainting, Flight And Cheese: One Man’s ‘Age Of Anxiety’
January 06, 2014

Atlantic magazine editor Scott Stossel has countless phobias and anxieties — some you’ve heard of, others you probably haven’t.

“There’s a vast encyclopedia of fears and phobias,” he tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross, “and pretty much any object, experience, situation you can think of, there is someone who has a phobia of it.”

Stossel’s own fears include turophobia, a fear of cheese; asthenophobia, a fear of fainting; and claustrophobia.
His new book, My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind, is both a memoir and a history of how medicine, philosophy and the pharmaceutical industry have dealt with anxiety.