I was recently talking to someone who asked if I had any suggestions for helping their child have less anxiety, and the answer was pretty simple: Make them do stuff. That’s it (for more tips, check out part 2 in this series). If we want to reduce anxiety, we need to live and realize how capable we … [Read more...]
There Should Be Worse Anxiety Problems in the World (Pt 4)
King Solomon wrote, “The greater my wisdom, the greater my grief. To increase knowledge only increases sorrow.” (Ecc 1:18) That is exactly what I have found as I’ve gotten older and more experienced – the more I know, the harder it is not to be sad and scared for the world. Growing up I remember … [Read more...]
There Should Be Worse Anxiety Problems in the World (Pt 3)
My goal for this week was to explain the title… but life happens. To be transparent, when I write my posts, this usually isn’t already known knowledge I’m dispensing. My blogs are more about figuring things out because I learn best by reflecting on life and trying to find patterns in the world … [Read more...]
There Should Be Worse Anxiety Problems in the World (Pt 2)
Whatever happened to worry? I’m not sure the last time I heard someone say they were worried because it’s always “anxious” now. It’s like anxiety is more important: “I’m not worried; I’m anxious. It’s much worse.” If that’s the case, then we as a society are intensifying our issues to be bigger … [Read more...]
There Should Be Worse Anxiety Problems in the World (Pt 1)
I remember riding the limo to the cemetery for my dad’s burial service staring out the window thinking how all the day to day things I would worry about were all so meaningless. They might have felt like they mattered in the moment, but they really meant nothing in the face of death. That’s the … [Read more...]
Should I Take Medication?
I was recently talking to someone who asked me if I thought they should take anxiety medication. I’m not a doctor; I cannot tell people what to do in regards to taking medication, but I can still give some thoughts (but again, I’m not a doctor). In this situation, I started by asking, “On a scale … [Read more...]
Anxiety and Idols (12 causes of anxiety)
There is no simple solution for when we have too much anxiety. I write “too much” because we’re supposed to have some anxiety in our lives. We’d be severely emotionally handicapped if we didn’t. Actually we’d probably be dead because we’d do something so stupid we’d get ourselves killed because … [Read more...]
Is It Really Depression?
As a psychotherapist, my work week is pretty much a qualitative study of humanity. One of my favourite parts of the job is learning about people and the patterns that can be found. For instance, I’ve noticed sometimes people will say they’re depressed, but they’re using the wrong word because what … [Read more...]