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ANXIOUS WRITER ATTEMPTS ADVENTUROUS LIFE
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A lengthy series of personal pieces on anxiety is running onÂ The New York TimesÂ online-onlyÂ Opinionator.Â The most recent “America the Anxious” is quite funny, others more serious.Â I felt a kinship with this writer, Diana Spechler:
“For more than four years â€” ever since graduation had dumped me into adulthood â€” Iâ€™d been leveled by anxiety. My days were plagued with worry. Was I living correctly?Â â€¦ Innocuous things I said to people haunted me hours laterâ€” Was that dumb? Mean? Wildly inappropriate?â€”until Iâ€™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.Â Medication took away about 88% of this problem.Â Spechler tackled it with yoga.Â Another writer turned first to playing the piano and then to the Zen-based work of John Cage.
A lot of interesting different approachesâ€¦ worth reading.
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