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ANXIOUS WRITER ATTEMPTS ADVENTUROUS LIFE
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A lengthy series of personal pieces on anxiety is running on The New York Times online-only Opinionator. The most recent “America the Anxious” is quite funny, others more serious. I felt a kinship with this writer, Diana Spechler:
“For more than four years — ever since graduation had dumped me into adulthood — I’d been leveled by anxiety. My days were plagued with worry. Was I living correctly? … Innocuous things I said to people haunted me hours later— Was that dumb? Mean? Wildly inappropriate?—until I’d squirm with shame.”
In my case, the problem started at age 5 (starting school maybe?) and some of the “things I said” caused trouble for decades. Medication took away about 88% of this problem. Spechler tackled it with yoga. Another writer turned first to playing the piano and then to the Zen-based work of John Cage.
A lot of interesting different approaches… worth reading.
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