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Old 02 February 2013   #1
Dealing with Anxiety

Hello everyone;

I was wondering if anyone here has dealt with anxiety issues relating to their art, and how they dealt with it.

I'm just coming out of an extended period of anxiety disorder, so while I've got the basics down (basically, know what your brain is doing, and chip away at it one small step at a time), any advice more specific to the industry would be appreciated.
 
Old 02 February 2013   #2
This book is pretty good on the subject.

http://www.amazon.com/Fearless-Crea...arless+creating
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Old 02 February 2013   #3
Visit Amsterdam.
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Old 02 February 2013   #4
I'm no doctor but learning to relax, maintain a fair diet, and regular sleep goes a long way...
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Old 02 February 2013   #5
Originally Posted by PaintedFox: (basically, know what your brain is doing, and chip away at it one small step at a time)


In the long run, this is it.

Also, what helps me is getting to work sooner rather than later and not giving anxiety time to fester, so to speak.
 
Old 02 February 2013   #6
Unless you have an actual condition that affects the chemical balance in your brain, anxiety is simply a state of your own doing.

Thusly, it can be undone by yourself, with some effort.


Or, more bluntly, suck it up and do your work.

It comes down to whether you want to get paid or get fired.
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Old 02 February 2013   #7
Originally Posted by imashination: Visit Amsterdam.


+1. I'm going there with some friends next month.

Edit: Paintedfox, why don't you meet up with us there March 20th??
There's 8 of us going, all Irish and age between 17-23. Much fun will be had, and all anxiety will be left behind when we leave.
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Old 02 February 2013   #8
imashination has the best advice. It is too bad most brainwashed people would say they wouldn't do a "drug" with the side effects of giggling and eating junk food. Yet they will turn around and take a prescribed drug that is 1,000 times harder with the possible side effects of permanent anal bleeding and muscle spasms.
 
Old 02 February 2013   #9
Sounds like you are coming with us BigPix.
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Old 02 February 2013   #10
Originally Posted by Geta-Ve: Unless you have an actual condition that affects the chemical balance in your brain, anxiety is simply a state of your own doing.

Thusly, it can be undone by yourself, with some effort.


Or, more bluntly, suck it up and do your work.

It comes down to whether you want to get paid or get fired.


This is a little unfair, and a rather sad indication of the continuing misunderstanding and consequent stigmatism of psychological problems so prevalent in society today. Problems don't have to be clinical in order to be debilitating; an abuse victim, for example, could suffer from a multitude of issues not chemical in nature - would it be okay to tell them to just suck it up? Similarly, anxiety issues tend to stem from past trauma. Have some more empathy.
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Old 02 February 2013   #11
Originally Posted by BigPixolin: imashination has the best advice. It is too bad most brainwashed people would say they wouldn't do a "drug" with the side effects of giggling and eating junk food. Yet they will turn around and take a prescribed drug that is 1,000 times harder with the possible side effects of permanent anal bleeding and muscle spasms.


While I am very pro the legalisation of all drugs (yes, including heroin), I hardly think that weed is the best remedy for someone with any kind of serious anxiety disorder, as indeed large doses of THC can actually induce anxiety in people. Strange that you neglected to mention that in your short list of side effects.

Having said that, a trip to Amsterdam has other benefits I'm a huge fan of the city, in fact I'd say the Dutch are amongst the most laid back cultures I've ever experienced. The same with Belgium, Iceland and parts of Sweden and Norway. You can't help but feel relaxed there.
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Old 02 February 2013   #12
Originally Posted by leigh: .....I'd say the Dutch are amongst the most laid back cultures I've ever experienced. The same with Belgium, Iceland and parts of Sweden and Norway. You can't help but feel relaxed there.


I can second that about Norway and Sweden. Very friendly and laid back. Took me a while to get used to Sweden, everyone there seemed to be over 6 foot tall, including the women. Mind you I was only about 11 when we were there, but they did seem like giants compared to most people in Ireland. My Dad is about 5' 11" and everyone we met in Sweden was taller than him.
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Old 02 February 2013   #13
Swedish Lapland is the most relaxed place I've ever been. I daresay a stint there would cure anyone of their anxiety, and I actually mean that seriously - I think the society we live in today is so fast-paced and pressured that it's very difficult to deal with anxiety without removing yourself from it, even if only temporarily. Being somewhere totally tranquil puts things in perspective.
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Old 02 February 2013   #14
Being an almost 2 meter tall Swede, living in the Netherlands I can kind of relate to what you're discussing.. haha. And yes, I am very laid back too.
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Old 02 February 2013   #15
Obviously I meant to visit the Anne Frank museum so you can see how easy you have things by comparison.
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