Letters to the Editor – Inyan Tziburi
Anxiety from Yamim Noraim
Oct. 20, 2014
Dear Public Interest section:
It is a few days before Rosh Hashanah, and I have finally decided to take paper and pen and write – write to everyone who, like me, is overwhelmed by anxiety. Not fear of the Divine Judgment, but fear of the harsh future that will be decreed upon me for the next year, G-d forbid. I tremble in fear from the red mark on the highways, and am terrified that I or someone in my family has been marked for tragedy. I wait with inner impatience for the Yamim Noraim – and they are really terrible days for me – to be over, and for the gleeful days of Sukkot to come and with their joy, silence the storm raging within my heart.
Another year passes, and yet another, and for me, as early as the sunny month of Tamuz, Elul with all its fears, anxieties and nerves, begins to darken my state of mind. I become an edgy, moody mother, wracked by guilt feelings. Continue reading Uncalled for Anxiety
Next week, as part of a series on mental health topics of interest, Ezer Mizion’s Family Support Center will be hosting a lecture on the subject of social anxiety, in collaboration with the Elad municipality.
The main speaker, Dr. Yaakov Charnes, Ministry of Health regional psychiatrist, will speak about social anxiety, low self-image and ways to deal with them. He will also discuss introversion and extreme shyness that detracts from normal functioning and blocks normal joie de vivre.
If you a mental health professional or therapist, educator, family member or the general public you are invited to join us on Tuesday, May 20th, at the Sport Center, Avtalyon St., Elad at 8:00 PM.
No more shame, no more concealment, no more shying away from getting help. The mentally ill are no longer alone.
Sara was a bubbly, upbeat bride. The couple was deliriously joyful when they realized they’d soon become a threesome. But months later, what permeated their home was anything but joy. With the maturity uncharacteristic of a young husband, barely out of his teens, he turned to Ezer Mizion for help. “I understand that a new mother has to rest but my wife just ignores the baby no matter how hard he cries. Sometimes she’ll burst into tears for no apparent reason. She was fine after birth but now, three months later, she neglects the house, neglects the baby. It doesn’t appear that she is tired or even lazy. It seems as if she-she-she’s not there!” the young husband’s voice broke. Continue reading No Longer Alone