Living with a Brain Disorder: Joy, 31-35, Cancer and Anxiety

Living_Brain_Disorder2.jpgInterviewee: Joy, age 31-35, from Washington with anxiety and cancer.

I was happily married, life was good wonderful even. My husband left when I found out I had cancer, stating he is gay. I am cancer free now. I have never been diagnosed. Have been treated for anxiety in 2003 used effexor, no therapy

walking into my house is like walking into a huge trash can that has never been emptied. I tell myself it is ok to clean it .. it will be alright … but can never manage to do it.

I just cant see beyond today and am scared of tomorrow.

For the full interview, please visit the project page.

The GNIF Brain Blogger Living with a Brain Disorder series of excerpted interviews aims to provide unedited insight into the often mysterious minds of brain disorder patients by publishing interviews and professional commentary with afflicted individuals of mental health and neurological or “brain” disorders (e.g. Alzheimer’s, autism, bipolar disorder, depression, developmental disabilities, Parkinson’s, and schizophrenia). The project will encompass the world spectrum of afflicted individuals to identify socio-geographical etiologies, impact of stigmatization, access of medical and mental health information and treatment options, and other features of health promotion.

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  • Diane

    Mental health issues in the UK are still not spoken about much. There are lots of groups but even they do not really like to talk deeply about MH illness or the way people suffer from stigma or lack of understanding of the social predicament we are in.
    I have a bi-polar dianosis but it is not regarded as a disability even though the stigma and my own insecurities prevent me, so far, from finding suitable work. There is a lot for me to do in my life without regular employment but voluntary work of course is unpaid so does not even provide a pension to secure the future. Mind you nothing is secure for anybody in this world. We should all look out for each other – regardless of what our mental state has been determined to be.

  • dicle

    Thanks for the post! Deep breathing exercises are excellent for anxiety and many people report positive results from meditation. Some other natural anxiety remedies to look into are St.John’s Wort, SAMe, L-Theanine, and Tryptophan.

Shaheen E Lakhan, MD, PhD, MEd, MS, FAAN

Shaheen E Lakhan, MD, PhD, MEd, MS, FAAN, is a board-certified neurologist and pain specialist, medical educator, and scientist. He is the executive director of the Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation (GNIF). He is a published scholar in biomarkers, biotechnology, education technology, and neurology. He serves on the editorial board of several scholarly publications and has been honored by the U.S. President and Congress.

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