Not “Anxiety Disordered”

Posted on November 16, 2012

One “side effect” of following the traditional model of emotional distress as a “disease” is that we begin to see ourselves as defective; we begin to identify with the labels we are given by others. This in turn steals our hope and nullifies our power to effect change. After all – if our brain is broken, there is no hope and we are powerless to change our life circumstances. Right?


This post is a share from the KIP Central Blog and a great essay on one woman’s realization that she was never “sick” but that her drugs made her sick and – how since stopping the drugs she realizes that her anxiety was completely normal response to some pretty stressful life experiences.

An excerpt:

Amazing how much better I feel about myself having shifted from thinking “ill” of myself to just having normal human emotions. ~ Jennifer Bryant Roeder

I walked around the track for an hour at my local college today, surrounded by the snow-capped San Juan mountains of my beautiful SW Colorado while listening to Shooter Jennings playing through my ear phones. Suddenly memories came flooding back of the time when I attended this college ~ while taking daily prescribed Benzodiazepines that I had taken for practically my entire college career.

You can read the rest of this amazing essay by clicking here. 



As always – if you are taking psychotropic drugs NEVER EVER just “go off them”. To do so can be life threatening. For more information and resources on how to safely reduce or withdraw from Psychotropic drugs please visit the resources page here and view the powerpoint presentation here. 

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