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For friends and visitors new to me, I moved away from my hometown for the first time a little over ten years ago. Though I did travel a lot in my teens and twenties, I had never been away from Knoxville for more than three weeks at a time. I’ll be 44 this summer. Since about six months after moving here, I have had serious issues with homesickness, including nightmares, a spike in generalized and social anxiety/agoraphobia, depression, and a hard to explain mental mapping issue.

One of the things I’ve been doing recently to counteract the homesickness is to find places in Charlotte where I will be comfortable going to on a regular basis, similar to places in Knoxville I would visit regularly. Besides bookstores, movie theatres, and restaurants, ‘pagan shops’ fall in this category big time. So, while on an unexpected break from work, I went to a small pagan shop in the same neighborhood as my job.
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The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Anxiety: Breaking Free from Worry, Panic, PTSD, and Other Anxiety Symptoms

This is a book I’ve been working with for a few years. It’s very well organized, and I can’t recc it enough as a good, accessible place to start on self therapy for a myriad of issues. It’s also very helpful to go back over, whenever I’m having a problem with a certain symptom - anxiety, nightmares, obsessive thoughts, etc. As long as I remember to go back to it, lol! DBT is a form of CBT - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which has exploded over the psychology world the last decade or so.

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