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Anxiety Is Not a Choice

September 7, 2015 // 10 Comments

When I was 5 years old, I was terrified of admitting that I couldn’t finish the gelatinous beef stew we summer program kids had been given for lunch. So much so that I [...]

Guilt Cake and Anxiety Blankets

August 31, 2015 // 2 Comments

There is nothing to slam you back into the fleshy reality of your earth suit like a plain old ordinary cold. Have you seen a strung out two year old tearing around in a [...]

Flailing Toward Grace

August 10, 2015 // 1 Comment

I’m no longer devout, but I grew up loving the rituals of the Catholic church: incense, holy water, rosary beads, ash. This was magic. Alchemy. A prayer turned ordinary [...]

Paper Doors and Inner Space

July 30, 2015 // 3 Comments

When I was a young newlywed, I moved from Honolulu to Tokyo to be with my husband. He was working for a small tech industry startup that provided services to multinational [...]

Pulling Threads

May 14, 2015 // 1 Comment

When I was a child, the library of my little Catholic elementary school was my refuge. For a puny kid with terrible eyesight and zero physical coordination, it was a paradise [...]

Sweatpants & Sanity | 4 Things That Are Not True About Anxiety

February 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

For years, I convinced myself I didn’t really have an anxiety problem because I couldn’t easily pigeonhole it into one of the classic anxiety disorders defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. My attacks weren’t about nothing; they were always about death. I could trigger them myself if I thought about death long enough. They didn’t happen very often or over a specific period of time. [...]
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