On Living with Anxiety

When I tell people I have GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder), they usually assume that I get stressed easily and I don’t know how to handle it. Yes, I get stressed. I get stressed under any number of circumstances. Unfortunately, this extends to many aspects of my life. I have claustrophobia, social anxiety, trouble sleeping, extreme […]

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Rhythmic Remedies

Music! Need I say more? Well, I’m going to because recently music has become a form of dependency for me. I’ve previously written about my first love — music — and how it has played a specific, if not essential, role in my life. I’ve always known I’m the Peyton Sawyer of the group, but as I walk […]

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You Are Here

I think it’s a huge misconception that stepping out of your comfort zone always works out and you’ll feel amazing about it. Recently, I stepped out of my comfort zone and did something that I had wanted to do for years but had found various ways to avoid. I did it, and guess what? It […]

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John Corey Whaley Discusses Rejection, Mental Illness, and Highly Illogical Behavior

On April 30th at the YALLWEST book festival in Santa Monica, California, I had the pleasure of sitting down and talking with John Corey Whaley — author of the contemporary young adult novel Where Things Come Back (winner of the 2012 Printz and Morris awards) and the sci-fi/contemporary young adult novel Noggin. His newest novel, Highly Illogical Behavior, is […]

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Tips for Overcoming Anxiety

In the museum of emotions, anxiety is the painting featuring a contracted face with drooping eyebrows and the color of fear on the cheeks. Although the most common human likes to walk past this painting without a second glance, when forced to look at it, everyone recognizes those features as being their own at some […]

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