January 26, 1989 |
Near the beginning of Living With High Blood Pressure (59 minutes, $34.95), we meet a succession of people who have had to alter their lives to accommodate the limitations imposed by hypertension. As these people recall the surprise and disbelief upon learning they had the disease, the viewer can catch a glimpse of that initial anxiety. It's an anxiety that only knowledge can lessen, and this well-produced videotape from Creative Street in Indianapolis is a step in that direction.
March 7, 1988 |
One of the least appealing new movie genres could be called the nightmare comedy, films that show a venture in which everything goes wrong. Examples include dating ("After Hours"), home renovation ("The Money Pit") and tourism ("National Lampoon's Summer Vacation"). It may be that this approach is so popular because people like to see their anxieties played out in a humorous way. If so, then the the latest entry in the field has picked the perfect subject. Offhand, I can only think of two activities that make the palms sweat as profusely as "Moving" - going to the dentist and giving a speech before a crowd of strangers.
September 20, 2001 |
It took me several days to play anything but CNN, and going to clubs to watch bands just didn't seem quite right to me. Comfort came from odd sources, though, from hearing the Slits' crooked cover of Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" to the apocalyptic punk-blues of the Stooges, "1969," and even my stepfather playing the Who's "Tommy" in the car the other day. Now's the time to seek comfort and peace where you can, whether it's art,...
July 14, 2014 |
The surgeon delivered the bad news on Elizabeth Koniz's lumpectomy: "We didn't get clean margins. " Stunned, she couldn't think of anything else. "The words rang in my head," said Koniz, a 48-year-old admissions coordinator at Temple University School of Medicine. "I had terrible anxiety. I was nervous at medical appointments. I had tremendous trouble sleeping and cried for weeks after the diagnosis. " About a third of cancer patients experience high levels of anxiety - intense distress, although not typically to the level of post-traumatic stress disorder - after getting the diagnosis or during a difficult moment in treatment.
May 21, 2013 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I'm a new mom of a pretty fun but challenging 6-month-old boy. I am a naturally decisive person; however, the anxiety I'm feeling over making the "right" decisions or providing him the "right" things has been difficult to cope with. For example, since I've gone back to work, I haven't been able to pump enough milk and I've needed to start supplementing with formula. I intellectually know this is fine and many babies have formula, but for some reason I'm beating myself up over it. Why can't I produce enough milk, why can't I provide what I'm supposed to for him, etc.?
June 26, 2015 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I just found out that my long-distance boyfriend has been lying to me. He was supposed to be at a location for work for 15 weeks. Apparently, that turned to six because his job wanted him to return to go to school. That meant an incredibly difficult time for him to manage school, work, and his kids, and he said he felt a tremendous amount of pressure to see me. He thought lying to me about his location would keep me from pressuring him to see me. I'm devastated.
December 24, 1989 |
If the forecasts are right, it will not be a white Christmas in Poland. Warm and windy weather has prevailed all week, with not even a topcoat needed during the short daylight hours. It has been like this since a 10-day frigid spell in mid-November. The respite in fuel bills is very good news for the hard-pressed Poles. At the Sejm (parliament) in Warsaw, the joke is that "God has also joined the coalition" government of Solidarity-backed Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki, which needs every break it can get. If Poland's Christmas is not white, neither is it bright.
October 3, 1989 |
He is not your basic cockeyed optimist. Take, for instance, this cynical observation: "My perception of life," the 6-foot-1 anti-Pollyanna insists, "is 'Go away,' not 'Come in.' Life is not welcoming people. " Ladies and gentlemen, brace yourselves for Charles Grodin, jaded star of stage, screen and, now, with "It Would Be So Nice If You Weren't Here" (William Morrow, $18.95), shelf. That's right, this is Charles Grodin the writer, writing about Charles Grodin the actor/writer/director/producer.
June 24, 2010 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I'm 34 and have bad anxiety issues that I control (barely) with medications. My husband and I planned on waiting to start a family till my anxiety was under control - we would like to have two kids - but I'm starting to suspect that getting my anxiety under control will never really happen. Would it be absolutely indefensible to go ahead with getting pregnant anyway? Answer: You know how you are when your anxiety gets the better of you, and you know how often that happens.
February 7, 2013 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: How do I get comfortable with leaving my baby with sitters - family as well as qualified strangers? I'm OK when she's with my husband; anyone else, and I'm a wreck. This isn't great for my peace of mind, plus I'm sure it's very annoying for the sitters, as I'm calling home every half-hour to make sure she's still breathing. Did I mention she's almost a year old? Ordinarily I don't have an anxiety problem, but I know how un-careful other people are borrowing other people's clothes, for instance; I can't help but assume the same would apply here.