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7 Things People With an Anxiety Disorder Want You to Know

You know that feeling when you're going up a ladder and you almost lose your balance? You instantly get consumed by nervousness and fear. Plus, you become extremely tense, your body goes from really hot to mush, and you stop breathing. Imagine that feeling on a more frequent and intense level. That is how I feel whenever anxiety attacks and emotions start to roll in, and studies show that I'm not the only one.Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. In fact, according to the ADAA, over 18.1% of the adult population, which equates to over 40 million people, are affected. However, if you're one of the remaining 285.7 million without the disorder, there are...

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When Wrong Roads Lead to the Right Path

Our journeys through life don't always end up where or how we envisioned and an analysis of our peaks and valleys only confirm that. We can go from thinking and feeling like we're on top of the world one day to feeling the weight of the world on our shoulders the next. That's because life is a series of forks in the road. All decisions have the power to lead us to completely different destinations where we will encounter a multitude of situations, people, and outcomes. Every season of life is test and an ironic one at that. It takes us experiencing the negative to truly appreciate and work toward the positive, and us going down the tough, wrong, and...

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The Art of Evolving

When painting, we subconsciously welcome and accept things as they are and find happiness in knowing nothing is forced. Creation is not about satisfying the masses, timelines, perfect symmetry, or even having a plan in place. It's a form of expression where imperfection adds character and translation varies. Each stroke, whether dark, light, fine or bold accentuates the other. We trust the process, diligently transform mishaps into masterpieces, and walk away proud with a unique piece unlike any other. The experience stands as a form of expression, balance and freedom.However, many of us don’t view life that way. Being shaken or ripped away from our ideas of self and perfection can be so paralyzing that we don’t know which move...

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Breaking Free From Fear

Growing up, we, like most children, had the trinity of basic fears: monsters, the dark, and being alone. They were the things that nightmares were made of so we did everything to avoid them. We would come up with reasons as to why our parents should let us sleep in their beds, made sure the bulbs in our night lights were always working, and stayed away from any scary movie or mask that would trigger our fears more. The power we gave our fears caused us to lose sleep, dread the very idea of darkness, and made us paralyzed while we'd lie alone in our beds.As the years went by and life began to lose its wonder, we realized that...

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The Perception and Price of Social Media

Welcome to Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram. Where the posts are petty, the candid photos are posed, and the followers are itching for your life’s entertainment. Social media directs awareness to great causes, aids in keeping us in the loop with family and friends, and brings the most unlikely of people together. It gives us access to news, markets, and the latest trends, but the problem comes when it also gives everyone open access to us. It seems as though these free platforms stand to incur some serious costs. Our means of connecting with the world simultaneously distances us from the people that mean the most to us and our actual selves. We spend so much time and energy trying...

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