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Alcohol and Anxiety – How I Used Alcohol to Self-Medicate

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Alcohol and Anxiety – My Personal Story about How I Tried to Self-Medicate with Alcohol **Full disclosure – I share my very personal story and battle with alcohol addiction that may have triggers for some. My goal is to shed some light on how alcohol and anxiety (as well as other mental illnesses) are connected. I also hope that someone out there reading this who might be going through the same thing, knows they are not alone.  I remember very vividly the day I decided to stop at a 24-hour CVS on the way to work to buy a bottle …

My Battle with Anxiety as a Mom - Wearing Two Masks
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A Mom’s Battle with Anxiety – Wearing Two Masks

My Battle with Anxiety Anxiety – it’s a word I never truly understood until just within the last couple years. We use the word so often in day-to-day situations when we just feel stressed or impatient. However, true anxiety can be debilitating. My battle with it started at a very young age but got much worse after having children. Google’s definition of anxiety is: “a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.” That still doesn’t even come close to expressing the true feelings and symptoms associated with full blown anxiety. …

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Living with Anxiety – then Becoming a Mom

  *UPDATED: August 22, 2018* Last night, while I was trying to fall asleep, I began to cry uncontrollably. I am currently beginning my search for a preschool for my daughter and these are some of the thoughts that began to consume my brain as I laid in bed – Will she be safe? Will the teachers care for her as much as I do? How do I know I can trust the school and the teachers? What if she gets bullied? What if she gets kidnapped while playing outside? What if there is an earthquake and I can’t get …