Addiction & Anxiety

A reader recently asked me to write more on the role of religion and intrusive thoughts. I think this is an important topic to cover because OCD symptoms are sometimes hard to distinguish from religiosity and a fervent faith. My faith is very important to me — and I am still Catholic — but I always have...
A few readers have asked me recently to write more about my daily struggles and how I overcome them. This post is dedicated to them. One of the most painful symptoms of my depression is the obsessive thoughts that arrive uninvited, unannounced, like a group of campaigning politicians who throw a rally inside your limbic...
Anyone who has ever had a panic attack knows how frightening they can be. Like many others, I  thought I was dying the first time I experienced one. Heart palpitations and a shortness of breath make you think you’re having a heart attack and should call 911. Understanding what’s going on in your body and mind is critical...
In the 1978 film, “Ice Castles” (remade in 2010), a talented figure skater (Lynn-Holly Johnson) is close to accomplishing her dream of becoming a champion skater when a tragic accident renders her blind. She has to learn how to skate all over again. Especially poignant is the scene of her first competition as a blind...
Stuck thoughts … the brick walls that form a prison around your mind. The harder you try to get rid of them, the more powerful they become. I’ve been wrestling with stuck thoughts ever since I was in fourth grade. The content or nature of the obsessions have morphed into many different animals over the...
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