Battling the Monsters – Rough Draft


I want to give you an example of what I’m writing about Anxiety and Depression. Its “working title” is Battling the Monsters because I was going to relate this battle with Dungeons and Dragons or another role-playing game. I’m typing this from my long-hand rough draft which means no polish or much, if any editing. But, I want some advice (comments or email) on how to improve it and make it publishable. I decided to make this piece a different color because I don’t know if there is a way to change fonts.

You’re in the airport with hundreds or maybe thousands of people around you. You feel crowded, closed in.

You think I can get through thisA few steps later, you can’t breathe and your heart is racing. You feel jittery and/or have a dry mouth. Maybe you find a chair or something else to sit on, but it doesn’t help. If anything, it makes you feel more claustrophobic.

What is happening to me? — you think or maybe say out loud. You start burning up (or freezing) and now your heart is beating so hard, you think you’re going to have a heart attack. You want out of there fast! 

It’s called a panic attack and it’s scary.

Panic attacks are caused by anxiety. Anxiety is the mind’s reaction to people, things and/or situations that frighten you. Your mind tells you to flee or fight and ignoring this advice usually makes the fear worse.

I used to have slightly milder forms of panic at the grocery store if I was shopping on a particularly busy day. And, I still refuse to shop on “Black Friday.” So you can probably guess how I felt at the airport mentioned above one day in 2010.

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In this book, I will compare anxiety, depression and low self-esteem to monsters, dungeons and traps.

What can you do when you can’t run? In the case of an airport or any other large crowd (large by your definition),  you can run or walk quickly out the door. If there isn’t an exit nearby, find a bathroom and hide. Of course, if anyone is there with you, tell them where you’re going first. But, there is no shame in protecting yourself, even if you think, “The danger is all in my head.”

In future chapters, I plan to describe a problem, give it a label such as dungeon, trap or monster and explain how to fight or flee. I will also explain how you can use simple, every-day things as weapons and shields.

 

That’s just the Prologue or part of Chapter One. I do have more written, but this is a sample. Tell me if you would read it or, at least browse through it to see if I describe one or more problems you are having.