I'm going to cover the top 6 most common anxiety disorders and answer the question, "How likely am I to get one?"
As a bonus, I'll cover the diagnosis I noticed was the most commonly given when I was working in a district health board team.
I will also let you know how likely it is for you to get ANY anxiety disorder diagnosis in your lifetime. - Link to Video
I've just received the email letting me know about the result of my application to train and register Momo as a PTSD Service Dog.
Join me as I open and read the email live.
I'm so hoping I get to have Momo help me through the PTSD. It would be great for him too, he seems so fulfilled when he's carrying out his job of supporting me.
Watch the video to see what happens and join me in the emotional rollercoaster. - Link to Video
I'm going to be challenging my anxiety about panicking in a crowd at Armageddon (New Zealand's version of Comic-con).
To do this, I'm going to go along, bust through some of my safety behaviours, and get some exposure.
We talk through the strategies we used to do this and you'll get to see how it went! - Link to Video
I've applied for a PTSD Service Dog for the third time (having been declined and delayed previously). I'm talking to the service dog organisation on Skype.
Hopefully this time I get it!
I really want Momo to be able to help with my PTSD triggers, as dogs have been found to be very beneficial to people with PTSD. - Link to Video
In this video I'm going to do a walkthrough (or cycle-through) of how to get exposure to reduce your anxiety - using my fear of going to the movies solo as a real-life example!
1. Set an epic goal and a stairway of exposure to reach it.
2. Make a plan of attack
What, when, where, how will you do the exposure?
3. What is your monster?
Identify exactly what you're afraid of.
4. What is your monster repellent?
Figure out your safety behaviours. Then Drop or reduce them to make the exposure much more effective.
5. Lock it in. Beck yourself into a corner to make it more likely you'll follow-through with doing the exposure. Because, let's face it, anxiety exposure is scary, and our brain is going to tell us to avoid it.
6. Challenge the existence of your monster.
When you're getting close to doing your exposure, that anxiety is going to ramp-up! Challenging how likely your fear is to happen, can help bring the anxiety down enough to keep moving through the exposure.
7. Just do it!
Get that exposure exercise done and stick with it long enough for your brain to realise it's safe.
8. Rate your fear
Now that you've made your way through the exposure and your brain has been able to re-evaluate the danger-level of the situation, you can re-rate your anxiety, and you may find that it's dropped a fair bit.
Repeat until you feel bored by this exercise, then move onto the next step on your stairway to your epic goal! - Link to video