Anxiety Attack or Psycho 101

on Friday, May 11, 2007

I just wanted to get a post out tonight. Yet when I came to the keyboard, I could not decide what to write about. I had so many ideas and yet none seemed right for the moment. I soon realised that I was suffering from an anxiety attack. I wanted so much to post something and to make sure it was an awesome post that in the end I am paralysed with indecision. This form of anxiety is known as performance anxiety. In my opinion, this tends to affect men more than women. Worse, women have no sympathy at all for male sufferers.

If you think that performance anxiety is just the whimperings and imaginations of a weak mind, you should try and pee at this lavoratory pictured below. Women are very often the cause of this form of anxiety.

Anxiety is often linked to paranoia; the mistaken belief that everyone is in a conspiracy to get you. Again, to those who are free of such ailments, paranoia anxiety seems so silly. What makes you think that you are so special that everybody even notices you, let alone conspire against you? However, if you have paranoia anxiety, you see evidence for this conspiracy everywhere. I noticed this advert recently. Being ethnic Chinese, I had to wonder why 30 Chinamen (and a zeppelin) was needed. Should I take offence, be worried? I am all of that but I am also very curious on how this practical joke will work.

Finally, anxieties tend to make me seek comfort in eating. Paradoxically, this can lead to its own set of problems in the form of food or diet anxieties. I worry and therefore I eat. But I eat so much that I worry. However, it is really, really bad if others worry about what you eat too.

Squirrels need to take care of their anxieties cause they already spend too much time with nuts.


...Kat said...

Someone is looking for me?

...Kat said...

am I being paranoid?

or suffering anxiety?

should I be worried?

I think I will just go and grab a snack....maybe a nap too!

Anonymous said...

I know the feeling well, sometimes it's so frustrating I wan cry because I know that my anxiety isn't rational, but I can't help feeling the way I do about certain things, esp. phones or having to make calls.

Great pictures!
I'm sure I could have fun with 30 Chinamen and a zepplin :)

tsduff said...

I think this squirrel went over the edge... must have seen that chinese food sign... ! Funny post today.

Janice Thomson said...

Gosh Lgs thanks for sharing that with us. How difficult times like this must be for you. We never know how another is suffering and tend to take a lot for granted.

The son of close friends has OCD so I know a bit about these anxiety attacks and have some understanding. Additionally he has ADD and this lead him into the world of drugs. He is 32 years old and just recently passed the 8 month mark of being drug free. He spent a year in a program that taught him how to think differently so now his anxiety attacks are less frequent. I wish this program was free to all who suffer from anxiety for I have seen the positive results with my own eyes.
Take care my friend - you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

I can well relate to this post. It makes me feel "less then" when it happens to me and mostly just leaves me feeling weak and a little out of it. I hope you feel better soon. I did notice your humor was still intact, so that is cool. I think you probably need some R & R and then you will be fine and dandy. I had an "episode" last week and took the day off and played "hookie" from work, it did wonders for me. Maybe you need a break from your work?

Be better soon...

Dr.John said...

Now I know I am suffering from anxiety. You name a kind I've got it. Its's all your fault because your out to get me. I didn't have these problems till I read your blog.

NDS said...

as a eurasian cat I really take offense to this yellow sign!

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

snack and a nap is a good idea. Call me paranoid but avoid the Wicked Wok.

sorry that you experience this. I know it is not easy but we either face it or laugh at it. I find that helps. I haven't really shared what really freaks me out. That'll come in a post soon.

thanks for dropping by. I've been over to your site a few times. Fantastic photos. Sorry I have not yet left a comment. Takes me awhile when visiting a new blog. Thank you for the link to the squirrel gone nuts. And thank you, "funnypost" was what I was aiming for.

I am ashamed. I do not deserve your kind words. I will post an apology today. While it is true that I have some anxieties, they are not of the levels that you speak of. I appreciate all the kind thoughts all the same.

Owe you an apology too. You ladies are too kind hearted. Reports of my suffering have been grossly exaggerated me in the name of a dry sense of humor.

Dr, John,
The spread of anxieties by blogs? A new medical finding probably! Group therapy anyone?

don't blame you! Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.

To all commenters and readers;
the anxieties I wrote of are common ones which I think we all experience from time to time. The post was meant to be done in jest though (hence the tag says "humor"). I am sorry if I have misled you to thinking I have any disabling condition. I do not. I know that being there is no laughing matter.

The Mann's... said...

oh my gosh this is the funniest post I have read in the longest time. And I don't even know how I ended up at your site! I'll be coming back. I hope that doesn't make you paranoid.... : )

Josie said...

LGS, I'm laughing so hard, Bobbi-Jo my next door neighbor (who's outside barbecuing) leaned over the fence and said, "Hey, Josie... what's so funny>??"

I needed a good chuckle today. Thank you...!


P.S. If you ever find out what they wanted with 30 Chinamen and a zepplin, please let us know.


...Kat said...

your tag made it pretty clear that you were tongue in cheek

geewits said...

That men's bathroom actually seemed nice compared to ones I've seen on TV and heard of (where it's one huge trough). I'll always wonder why they make men pee in front of each other. They could at least put in side partitions.

islandgrovepress said...

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you! :).

Ah, Tom, aren't we old enough to know that it's all the bounty of the woman?
Many a time I've had the limp spaghetti syndrome and things still worked out more or less all right.
Anxiety attacks?
The last thirty years has been one large anxiety attack. Family anxieties, divorce, unemployment...And somehow two cylinder out of six still somehow work and you get yourself through.

H.L. Mencken says eat roast beef.
...If you're stuck on your writing, pull back a bit and have a good meal.
See? It's going better already. :-)


Lone Grey Squirrel said...

the manns, (if that's who you really are)
Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment. I should be sufficiently cured of paranoia by the next time you visit.

hope the chuckles also got you some free barbeque tidbits from Bobbi-jo.

de ja vu. I remember having a tongue in cheek comment from you before......or did I just imagine it!

Thanks for your comments on the male urinal design! Your ideas sound so civilized. Why don't they do it? guess is that men pee anywhere (indiscriminate pee-ers).

thanks for the encouraging words (and advice on writer's block). Anxiety is a fact of life. Life goes on and being anxious seldom changes the outcome. Alfred E. Neumann said, "Why worry?" (this shows the gap in the type of literature you and I are reading!)!!! :)

evalinn said...

I totally disagree on the men and women and performance anxiety. ALL women I know suffer from this. And hardly any of the men. Most men I know suffer from too little performance anxiety...

evalinn said...

But hey, maybe it works differently for squirrels, than for people...

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

maybe these are differences from different parts of the world. That would be interesting to study.

Anonymous said...

I thought I was the only one who felt that way sometimes trying to come up with a new post.
Great post lsg.:)

CS said...

Women are not sympathetic because we aren't the ones who deisgned men's bathrooms. I have never understod why men all thought it would be a great idea to pee together.

But, bizarre want ad and also strange sign!

Canada said...

Oooh, I can totally relate to performance anxiety, and have posted about it more than once. Mine is pretty specific to flute and singing, but I can understand how other people experience it in other ways. By the way, your Buffy post was awesome - no anxiety required! :)

Squirrel said...

"Squirrels need to take care of their anxieties cause they already spend too much time with nuts"
Amen, brother!

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Can't help you there. Your post quality is so high.... no wonder you have problems on what to post from time to time.

I wonder how many egos have suffered from the unkind design of men's urinals.

of course, you must be very familiar with anxiety before performances. Still you'd think it would diminish with experience, no? Thanks for the compliment on the Buffy post. As a fan, it must be nothing less than good.

our is a bond others cannot understand .... a bond common to all tree dwelling rodents. :)

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