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That adds a whole new level of weirdness. A recent study from V. Everyone poos , remember? And sometimes that has to happen at work. Suss out the situation in your office and see if there are times when the loos tend to be emptier.

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Keep a mental note and ensure you drop the kids off at the swimming pool within that brief, glorious window. That way you can relax, and have a much better pooing experience as a result. This muffles the splash a little. Focus not on the shame of pooing near other people you work with, but the increased pool of potential suspects if anyone wonders who let out a not-so-stealthy fart.

A Specific Phobia is a pattern of excessive fear of some ordinary object, situation, or activity. A person with a fear of dogs, for instance, may fear that a dog will attack him; or he may be afraid that he will "lose his mind", or run into heavy traffic, on encountering a dog.

People with phobias usually try to avoid what they fear. Unfortunately, this often creates greater problems for them. Not only do they continue to fear the object, but the avoidance restricts their freedom to enjoy life as they would see fit. A specific phobia is usually distinguished from Panic Disorder by its narrow focus.

A person with a fear of flying who has no fear of other enclosed spaces would likely be considered to have a specific phobia. A person who fears airplanes, elevators, tunnels, and bridges is usually considered to have Panic Disorder or claustrophobia. However, the fear of public speaking is usually considered to be a part of Social Phobia.

A person with a Blood Phobia may fear a variety of situations, but they all involve the prospect of seeing blood. A person with a fear of vomiting either fearing that they will vomit, or that that they'll see someone else vomit would be considered to have Emetophobia. The official definitions of some of these disorders will change in , so don't get preoccupied with the label.

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A person with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder experiences intrusive, unwelcome thoughts called obsessions which are so persistent and upsetting that he fears the thoughts might not stop. In response, he tries to stop having those thoughts with a variety of efforts called compulsions.

Unfortunately, the compulsions usually become a severe, upsetting problem themselves. For example, a man may have obsessive thoughts that he might pass swine flu on to his children, even though he doesn't have the flu himself, and wash his hands repetitively in an effort to get rid of that thought. Or a woman may have obsessive thoughts that she left the garage door open, and repeatedly check the garage all night in an effort to stop thinking that.

Not only do these efforts fail to rid the person of the unwelcome thoughts, they become a new form of torment in that person's life. A person with Generalized Anxiety Disorder worries repeatedly and continually about a wide variety of possible problems, and becomes so consumed by worry that she fears the worry will eventually kill her or drive her to a "nervous breakdown". In response, she often tries a wide variety of "thought control" methods she hopes will enable her to "stop thinking about it. Unfortunately, the effort to stop thinking about it actually makes the worrisome thoughts more persistent.

If persistent worry is a big part of your anxiety concerns, The Worry Trick is a useful guide to reducing the disruptive role worry plays in your life. I feel like I'm going to vomit or shit myself at any second.

I have done the former but not, as yet, the latter—despite coming pretty close. It's a lovely old dance, really. There have been times where I've knelt in alleyways trying to steady my breathing and "hold on" to the ground, to root myself to the physical earth while my body enters what feels like another plane of existence. Anxiety physically manifests in every person differently, though. Some people call ambulances for themselves because it feels like they're having a heart attack. Others hyperventilate. Others puke. Others shake like they're standing naked in an Antarctic wind.

There's the cognitive stuff, too. That got worse as I got older—before, the physical symptoms eclipsed the mental ones. Later, it became a waltzer-car spin of, I am going to explode, I am never going to be safe or normal ever again, my body is failing, everyone is going to see me losing it, I am losing it, I'm losing my mind. This is it.

The next step is hard restraints on a psychiatric ward.

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The carousel doesn't stop spinning once the anxiety has peaked, either. It surges—albeit less powerfully—a few more times, until it passes. And then the exhaustion grips, with a claw on every finger.

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It can run the gamut from a gnawing unease in the belly to fear that feels like being hit by a bullet train. At various stages of my life, I've had panic attacks every day, more than once a day. I feared walking to the Tesco that was yards away, let alone going to lectures. I needed a "get out" plan for every possible eventuality, even if that was just nipping across the road to the corner shop for milk. Eventually, this much mis-placed adrenalin became unsustainable for my poor old brain. I became very depressed. Proper depersonalization , the inability to not sleep for 16 hours straight and a total lack of appetite—I lost a stone in three weeks—happened very quickly.

I just couldn't move. After five days of lying still on my bed, listening to Cat Power's Moon Pix over and over again I'd read that she wrote it in the midst of a breakdown, so somehow it felt apt as a summer breeze tapped my neighbor's eucalyptus tree branches against my window, I became increasingly worried about what to tell my lecturers and parents. Again, I went to my doctor. It took me two hours to get there—there being just over a mile away.

He prescribed Sertraline an SSRI frequently prescribed for anxiety disorders and diazepam and referred me for therapy—I'd had none since I left for London, despite still spending every day locked in a web of avoidance behaviors and being aware that my salad days were limping by like, well, wet salad. I wasn't quite "living," never fully in the moment. I didn't like the therapist he referred me to, though. She was very young, spent the entire time box-ticking literally, on a clipboard and rarely looked me in the eye. I stopped seeing her after four sessions, thinking, It's not fucking worth it.

I thought that, because both therapists I'd seen in the past hadn't been able to help me stop my panic attacks in a short space of time, I was immune to help and intervention. I believed this until about three years ago, that I was pretty much treatment-resistant without drugs. The new medication did nothing miraculous or definitive—I just felt, over time, able to step outside my obsessive thought webs for longer periods, and that in turn helped me to cope, within my parameters. It's only with hindsight that I can realize what a huge strain I was on my partner at the time, not communicating why I still needed to do and not do certain things.

I was deeply ashamed and embarrassed, though, rarely telling anyone what was really going on in my head for fear of sounding "crazy"—even the person I was in a relationship with. In fact, there was only one friend who really knew. Still, I coped, in my own pot-holed way. I stayed on the antidepressants for a couple of years, making progress in my career quite fast.

The fear of having a panic attack or being "caught out" still draped the back of my mind every day, but the curtains had become less heavy. When I would have an attack—one a week, rather than every day—it'd take a few days to get back to normal, but I was alright, really. I coped when I came off the drugs, too, with another new therapist older, more mumsy in tow, until about three years ago. I was going from great job to great job, writing a lot, traveling the world interviewing people I admired.

On the surface, I was buoyant; gliding through life like a swan and able to take whatever it threw at me—tense meetings, long-haul flights, tighter and more high-profile commissions. But under the surface it had become chaos again.

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Paddle paddle paddle, it was. I couldn't accept that I should have maybe stayed on the antidepressants. In some part of my mind, they were a last resort. The point of almost-failure and the penultimate step before straitjackets and electric shock therapy. Why did I need a pill that, when I put it between my lips every day, made me think I was an invalid that needed drugs to function properly?

So what if my friends were getting increasingly weary of me canceling on them last-minute because I'd had a panic attack en route to meet them and couldn't imagine moving any further than whichever street corner I was on? Why should they know? I wasn't coping, though. That's the thing and has always been the thing.

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I was pretending and I needed help. Over the years, I'd become a master of disguise—no one, but no one, could have told you I had an anxiety disorder, save for my inability to get on the tube for more than a couple of stops. If I started to get panicky when out with people, I'd just go home early. Avoidance behavior after avoidance behavior enabled me to live what appeared on the surface to be a normal life. Then, three years ago, I had another breakdown—that word again, but, for me, it's the only thing that fits.

This time it was much worse than before. It had been building for a while, looking back. I didn't like my job very much, despite the status and worth it gave me.