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Vivre Sa Vie
London, United Kingdom
Well hello there. My name is Viv (well, it's not really), and, like a lot of people, I'm ever so slightly neurotic... I have panic attacks and anxiety (ranging from mild to pretty intense), on and off. I also have an amazing and quite high-profile job, so I'm choosing to remain anonymous on here. Not because I'm ashamed of the aforementioned neuroses, but because I don't want to be googled and for my colleagues to read bizarre posts about me breathing into a paper bag and popping lorazepam. I've worked for bookshops, mixed arts festivals and charities, and have met (and still meet!) a lot of famous, fetching and fantabulous people for my job. (See, anxiety doesn't need to stop you being AWESOME and doing what you want to do) Here's hoping you'll find some helpful hints and tips on here which will help you tackle the evil panic heebiejeebs... PS. I'm an Australian, but I live in the UK, and have adopted tea-drinking, pubs, Wodehouse, and a Welsh man.
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Saturday, 25 February 2012

Some websites for your anxious monkey mind...

The online bible of panic and anxiety. Chatroom, huge forum and tons and tons of resources. You will find references to every single bizarre fear you've ever entertained, every side-effect of every medication, every strange sensation that's been plagueing you, and you will learn that you are certainly far from alone. BUT, there's a health warning attached to this. You can easily sink into an obsessive research spiral, where you plunge deeper and deeper into the forum and discover more and more awful possible symptoms, and can develop new worries you had hitherto not even been creative enough to imagine (i.e. wow - some people have trouble swallowing and get anxious about that. Wow, if I stop to think about it, that is quite anxiety-making. Shit)

So. Check it out, look up the things that relate to you, check out what joy people have had with various supplements and medications, and maybe see if there's a support group in your area. But don't spend hours on it, or you'll make yourself feel much worse. There's something to be said for leaving all this crap alone and getting some fresh air too.

Created to tie in with the launch of Daniel Smith's new book, this is a very funny, very neurotic look at a man GADing about (you see what I've done there?!). There's even an anxiety jukebox. His tweets are great too.

A really lovely blog written by a really lovely woman.  There are some religious posts, but don't be put off (if that's the kind of thing that puts you off) - Aimee certainly doesn't push anything, and only uses it to explain how faith has helped her overcome anxiety etc. Especially good if you're a parent - there are some really inspiring entries on here about Aimee's balancing of family life with anxiety etc.

Superb on medication info. Why has my libido died in the ass after taking Prozac? What other cocktail of drugs can I force into my body to breathe life back into the old dog? Will I get addicted to tranquilisers and end up homeless and eventually dead? Again - don't spend hours on here - just search if you've been put on a specific medication, and want to know more than your disinterested GP will tell you. But DON'T get hung up on side effects - just because they're listed does not mean you will get them...


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