Raymond suffered from anxiety after losing both his parents. He used alcohol to self-medicate and then found something much bigger than himself to jump-start his recovery.
I know it sounds crazy to think of whistling as a cure for anxiety and depression, but let me explain.
Irving Schattner shares his story of growing up with parents who were holocaust survivors and who sent mixed messages born out of their own fears of abandonment and needing to keep the family together at all costs. Irving learned to survive by operating in a constant state of worry, where most of his time was consumed in fear-based thoughts and emotions.
Katy Moyes is diagnosed with OCD and anxiety at a young age. Later in life, her OCD fixates on food and she develops an eating disorder. She longs to talk to someone about what’s going on and finds private therapy is her answer.
“I’ve often referred to my anxiety as being like a black hole, one that lurks deep within your mind. You’ll have something that you need to say or do and no amount of will power in the world can get it across the boundary of being a thought to being an action. Instead, the anxiety black hole just spins it around and around in your head so that all the thoughts play over and over again. You quite quickly lose sight of when you should say/do something and when you shouldn’t.” ~ Cameron Madden
Sean Clarke tells of how he has been anxious since he was a young child and then gets into some really great detail on how he overcame it in his early twenties.
Ellie Miles shares her experience with hiding her anxiety and depression because of the stigma she would face, and the turning point that had her hiding no longer.