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Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Challenges of life: living with anxiety

As part of the human experience, we are often forced to accept and deal with challenges which confront us in our lives. Accepting these challenges can often be difficult for everyone. However, if you have an anxiety disorder like I have the challenges can often seem overwhelming. Often it is the anxiety itself rather than the challenge which is the most difficult aspect of the entire experience. However, due to new insight into the causes of anxiety and new medicines which can help people who have an anxiety disorder, those of us with this disorder can find successes in life and
like the rest of the world's population,we can begin to enjoy life rather than always worrying about what we are doing or what we have to do during a day. Some research on the internet proved interesting and cathartic for me because I found that some of the most famous people ever to have lived, and some of the most successful people ever, have had anxiety disorders like myself. Apparently, new scientific research indicates that anxiety and depression are highly correlated with creativity. Here is the list:

Abraham Lincoln (president - USA)
Al Kasha (songwriter)
Alanis Morisette (singer)
Alfred Lord Tennyson (poet)
Ann Wilson (singer)
Anne Tyler (author)
Anthony Hopkins (actor)
Aretha Franklin (singer)
Barbara Bush (former First Lady - U.S.)
Barbara Gordon (filmmaker)
Barbra Streisand (singer)
Beverly Johnson (supermodel)
Bonnie Raitt (musician)
Burt Reynolds (actor)
Carly Simon (singer)
Charles Schultz (cartoonist)
Charlotte Bronte (author)
Cher (singer, actress)
Courtney Love (singer - actress)
Dave Stewart of the (singer – Eurythmics)
David Bowie (singer)
Dean Cain (actor)
Deanna Carter (singer)
Dick Clark (television personality)
Donny Osmond (actor)
Earl Campbell (Heisman Trophy winner)
Edie Falco (actress)
Edvard Munch (artist)
Emily Dickinson (poet)
Eric Clapton (musician)
Goldie Hawn
Howard Stern (king of media)
Howie Mandel (comic)
Isaac Asimov (author)
James Garner (actor)
Jim Eisenreich (baseball)
Joan Rivers (actress)
John Candy (comedian)
John Cougar Mellencamp (musician, actor)
John Madden (announcer)
John Steinbeck (author)
John Stuart Mill (philosopher)
Johnny Depp (actor)
Kim Basinger (actress)
Lani O'Grady (actress)
Leila Kenzle (actress)
Marie Osmond (entertainer)
Marty Ingels (comedian)
Michael Crichton (writer)
Michael English (Gospel artist)
Michael Jackson (singer)
Naomi Campbell (model)
Naomi Judd (singer)
Nicholas Cage (actor)
Nicole Kidman (actress)
Nikola Tesla (inventor)
Olivia Hussey (actress)
Oprah Winfrey (host)
Pete Harnisch (baseball)
Ray Charles (musician)
Robert Burns (poet)
Robert McFarlane (former National Security Advisor - U.S.)
Robin Quivers (radio host)
Roseanne Barr (comedian)
Sally Field (actress)
Sam Shepard (playwright)
Shecky Greene (comedian)
Sheryl Crow (musician)
Sigmund Freud (psychiatrist)
Sir Isaac Newton (scientist)
Sir Laurence Olivier (actor)
Sissy Spacek (actress)
Susan Powter (tv host)
Tom Snyder (host)
Tony Dow (actor director)
W.B. Yeats (poet)
Willard Scott (weatherman)
Winona Ryder (actress)


JayBlur27 said...

How very interesting -- I had no idea that so many actors and actresses, and other people in the public eye, had anxiety disorders! It makes sense, though. Sometimes one can overcome a problem by facing it head-on. I'd be interested in finding the scientific research that you mention, about the correlations between anxiety, depression, and creativity.

Wayne said...

Hi JayBlur,thank you for your comment.The correlations between anxiety,depression, and anxiety do exist. A study by Montgomery,Hodges and Kaufman found :"5 scales of the creativity measure (i.e., Acceptance of Authority, Self-confidence, Inquisitiveness, Awareness of Others, and Disciplined Imagination) were correlated to the 6 dimensions of mood (i.e., Tension/Anxiety, Depression/Dejection, Anger/Hostility, Vigor/Activity, Fatigue/Inertia, and Confusion/Bewilderment). There was, however, some indication that positive mood was related to creative self-perception." see:

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"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.