I can cure your anxiety and depression today, with one simple secret, for absolutely no money out of your pocket! You ready for the secret? The secret is that I’m full of it, and you know it. There is no magic bullet, only the collection of best practices, which we must remember to practice, every day for the rest of our lives. Daunting task, right? Do not let this get you down! You and I, and literally millions of other people, we are all in this together; for the long haul, one day at a time, and we shall fight the good fight – the greatest battle and test of our lives, on a battlefield that is often hard to define, against a foe that is more stealthy than a Ninja. But you know what? Together, we will be victorious! Right!?!
Greetings to the great followers of AnxietyBehindTheBadge!
My name is R.G. Riles and as of today, I am a guest-blogger on Leo’s terrific website. My qualifications? Well, I’m a 33-year old civil engineer, marketing and advertising guru, mediocre musician, promising voice over talent, somewhat-skilled writer, aspiring author, and 15-year Anxiety Sufferer. My official diagnosis? No, it’s not “TakeOnTooMuchAtOnce-itus”… though the number of endeavors I’m currently juggling is quite likely at least a symptom of my disease, or perhaps a cause of my disease, or, more likely, both. Chicken before the egg, right?
Well, much like you, the reader, my diagnosis probably came after way too many visits to the ER, and way too many months (or years) of seeing various doctors. My diagnosis is General Anxiety Disorder (GAD). I’m prone to panic attacks. But, enough about me for today. You’ll get to know more about my story as we go. For now, please just know that I am a friend of Leo’s, that I will be contributing from time to time to this blog and website, and that I’m, more or less, the acting editor for AnxietyBehindTheBadge.com.
Today’s question is simple:
What do you think came first in your life? The Anxiety? The Depression? Both? Or have you accumulated habits, lifestyle tendencies, thought patterns, etc. which generated symptoms over time, which then morphed into a full blown dysfunction and/or illness?
Leo and I will provide our answers in next week’s post and possibly in responses to your comments this week. Reader participation is a huge part of our vision here. We can only share and help with so many people within our circles. Your feedback, your comments, your responses… they help us to reach a much greater circle, which essentially means you get to participate in helping others learn to cope and find the resources they need!
We’ll be quoting some of the more thoughtful responses in next week’s blog. We can’t wait to hear your thoughts!
On a personal note, I want to thank Leo for letting me be part of something I feel is not only honorable, but something which transcends our personal lives, stories and connections, and has the potential to help many – something much greater than ourselves. Working together, we do believe we can help many – be they officers, or civilians.
All the best.
- Anxiety Behind the Badge Guest Blogger, R.G. Riles