Nov. 17, 2015

JCS 042: Anxiety and The Walking Dead. Wait...What?

JCS 042: Anxiety and The Walking Dead. Wait...What?

Anxiety is like zombies in many ways. Listen to what John has to say about how to survive anxiety zombies.


Anxiety and The Walking Dead. Wait...What?

You have surely watched the hit TV show The Walking Dead. Okay, I admit it. The Walking Dead is one of my favorite shows. Why? 

 
For several reasons:
 
1. I have always had an interest in film make up and special effects. The Walking Dead brings that out big time.
 
2. I have always been a huge fan of zombies. The classic zombie movie, directed my thee George Romero, The Night Of The Living Dead. Classic movie with special effects and a genius use of lighting and shadows. Without CGI.
 
3. I have always liked shows that depict the human spirit to live and survive.
 
As I watch The Walking Dead I am struck with the parallel between living with a mental health disorder and Zombies. In particular Living with Anxiety.
 
How Living With Anxiety Is Like The Walking Dead
 
To be clear anxiety is the Walkers in my comparison.
 
  • Anxiety is always waiting to eat you.
  • Anxiety won't go away on it's own. No matter how fast you try to hide from it, it will not go away.
  • Anxiety is ugly and scary.
  • Anxiety will make you feel you're on your own. 
  • Anxiety does not care who you are. Rich or poor, male or female, young or old, it wants to consume you.
  • Anxiety won't die on it's own. It will keep living until you do something about it.
  • Anxiety can paralyze you to the point of panic and shear terror.
Now for the people:
  • People at first are in shock and completely afraid.
  • People at first don't know how to kill the Walkers.
  • People at first feel helpless and hopeless.
  • People at first feel like there's no way to escape.
But then something changes in people after awhile.
  • People learn what to do about the Walkers.
  • People learn how to fight the Walkers.
  • People learn that they are not alone.
  • People learn that it's better to fight the Walkers together, rather than alone.
  • People learn to not trust their anxiety, but focus on the task at hand.
  • People learn to hold on to hope and restoration I spite of their circumstance.
  • People learn to reach out for hope.
  • People learn to help and support one another.
There you have it: Anxiety and The Walking Dead!
 
If you struggle with Anxiety you have a "Walker" always trying to consume you. But, remember you are not a lone and hold on to hope and restoration.
 
Reach out for help and hold onto hope.
 
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