Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Maybelline heirlooms lost in 1993 Firestorm. How I dealt with severe anxiety. THE GIRL BEHIND THE FENCE, by Mozelle Martin

Sharrie Williams is the author of The Maybelline Story and a new book, called Maybelline: Out of the Ashes. She is an original descendant of the Maybelline Cosmetic family. It this new book, The Girl Behind the Fence, she tells her story of surviving the 1993 Laguna Beach Firestorm, and how she dealt with the anxiety of that trauma. She is one of many women who have contributed to this book, one in a series of self help books for women, written by Mozelle Martin. For more information on how to purchase, please go to The Girl Behind the Fence. Or order directly from Mozelle

Anxiety - the 3rd Book in the Series
Per the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), anxiety affects over 2 billion adults worldwide and over 97 million in the United States alone, of which an estimated 54% of these are women.  
The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry stated that anxiety treatment costs are over $42 billion per year in the United States. Of this, $23 billion is for repetitive healthcare services due to symptoms which mimic physical illnesses, such as heart attacks. Compared to non-anxious individuals, those with an anxiety disorder are 5X more likely to go to the doctor, and 6X more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders.

Currently, anxiety is the #1 mental health concern in North America. Each year, more than 4 billion prescriptions are filled in the United States alone, of which Paxil and Zoloft are two of the top prescribed medications. Due to lack of medical insurance or funds, many people self-medicate with street drugs and / or alcohol. In fact, 42% of those who struggle with anxiety use recreational drugs.

There are many forms of anxiety, of which each affects millions of people:
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder: 6.8 million, in which women are 2X more likely to be afflicted with than men.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: 2.2 million, which is equally common in both men and women.
  • Panic Disorder: 6 million, in which women are 2X more likely to be afflicted with than men. This often co-exists with depression.
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): 7.7 million, in which women are more afflicted. However, 65% of men and 46% of women who are raped struggle with PTSD. Child sexual abuse is also a strong predictor for a lifetime battle with PTSD.
  • Social Anxiety Disorder: 15 million, which is equally common in both men and women.

  • Often feel that you lack control of your health or life?
  • Experience higher levels of overall stress than your non-anxious friends?
  • Struggle with low self-esteem?
  • Feel uncomfortable in many social situations?
  • Have excessively-high expectations of yourself and / or others?
  • Feel love is conditional or performance-based?
  • Have unhealthy boundaries, even if you know better?
  • Work excessively or do others feel you are a workaholic?
  • Often feel ill for no obvious medical reason?
  • Often have many or toxic intimate relationships?
  • Visit the doctor more often than your non-anxious friends?
  • Experience erratic emotional behaviors, feel easily irritated or quick-to-anger?
  • Regularly feel unsettled or restless?
  • Regularly feel overwhelmed?
  • Feel disconnected from others or emotionally-detached?
  • Feel as if you are close to having a melt-down?
  • Often fail to follow-through with goals, plans, projects, promises, or ideas?
  • Move to new places (personal or professional) in search of less stress?
  • Often hide at home because it feels safer?
  • Feel as if life is passing you by?
  • Question your faith and / or God’s presence in your life?
The more you answered "yes" to the above questions, the more likely you could be diagnosed with anxiety.
The bad news is that symptoms don’t disappear when ignored. The good news is that with the right help you can regain control of your life, enjoy more fulfilling relationships, find your authenticity, reconnect with your passions, reach goals, express yourself more freely, experience more stable work environments, increase your academic success, break free from addictions, and even have a closer relationship with God.

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