In 2001, I thought I was handling my recent stress and anxiety well. I was a 6th grade teacher in a low-economic, drug and gang-ridden community. The job equated stress. However, I loved my students, even the ones who challenged me to do so. Over a couple of days that fall, I lost my ability to speak. I… Read More Stress & Anxiety Leave Me Speechless
When Anxiety Becomes Too Much We’ve all heard it or have said it: I’m so stressed/worried/frustrated that I’m pulling my hair out! My son suffers from trichotillomania. What a freakin’ long word. (trik-o-til-o-MAY-nee-uh) For those of you who don’t suffer from this, it is the compulsion to pull your hair out. Oftentimes, it is due to anxiety…and sometimes… Read More It’s Got Me Pulling My Hair Out!
Beware the gab. I have taught English and literature classes for twenty years. Private and public schools, grades 6 through 12. It’s a demanding job, most of the time more demanding that this anxiety-ridden teacher can handle. Usually, I can contain it during a workday. Every now and then, though, it takes hold and all… Read More Stuff Students Say