Anxiety: Hibernate, Adapt, or Migrate: Summer Beretsky at TEDxWilliamsport

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Summer Beretsky enjoys writing about her experiences with anxiety, panic, and Paxil. She had her first panic attack as an undergrad at Lycoming College and p…
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25 Responses to “Anxiety: Hibernate, Adapt, or Migrate: Summer Beretsky at TEDxWilliamsport”

  1. Lydia Johnson says:

    This is the second time I am watching this video. The first time I watched
    this video, I had previously had a very bad panic attack at work, and it
    was awful just as Summer describes it. The sensations I felt led me to
    think I was having a heart attack or dying.. yes it’s that intense. A few
    weeks later, I moved to California as planned with my boyfriend. I work at
    a large retail company, so I was transferring to a new store. For the first
    two months, things were great. Then all of a sudden, I had a more mild
    panic attack while trying to complete a transaction at the register. This
    time, I recognized what was happening, and had to politely ask another
    employee to finish the transaction because I could no longer focus and I
    needed to step away from the floor. From that day, my anxiety got worse,
    and worse at work. I started to dread going in there. I’ve worked for this
    company for almost three years and have mastered the register… so why now
    am I not able to ring someone out? All I can say is that when your body
    goes into panic, your brain is under siege and it is EXTREMELY hard to
    concentrate and focus on the task you are trying to complete. Something as
    easy as having a conversation, counting change, or, figuring out a
    transaction can be terribly difficult simply because you can’t focus when
    your heart is beating out of your chest. I would have some good days, but
    now I was fearing doing returns, fearing taking someones cash, fear of
    having a rude customer which is part of the reason I believe my panic
    started because I work at a very expensive department store where customers
    tend to be very snobby at times. This is getting long, but I have not been
    to work in two weeks. I have tried CBT therapy with a workbook that I
    ordered where I’m supposed to write down my feelings etc. It did not help.
    I quit drinking coffee, joined a gym, tried self hypnosis, and the panic at
    work got worse. I would sit outside on a bench and cry. Currently, I am on
    a medical leave, and have started some medication, which bums me out. I
    have always been a normal, very fun and outgoing person my whole life until
    now. I’ve always worked with the public and loved talking to strangers. I
    even lived with two people in past that had anxiety and I just did not
    understand it. It’s impossible to understand until you feel it. So, sitting
    here, not working, I remembered this video from two months ago, and I feel
    like I am going through exactly what Summer went through. I have been on
    Laprexo for two weeks. Has it helped? I’m not really sure because I haven’t
    been at work, and haven’t had panic outside work.. ever. So I think she has
    given me an answer here. Clearly, I am not being supported by my job
    anymore, and maybe it is time for me to migrate. I’m writing this as a long
    comment because for anyone that has anxiety at work, you are not alone.
    Anxiety can be a very “alone” feeling because you just want to be back to
    the old you. Thank you summer for this Ted talk. Good luck to everyone
    reading this. 

  2. weewilly2007 says:

    I feel for you, but when the Superego is fraudulent, then all the
    individual egos that make up the matrix only reflect this. Being head-girl
    comes with certain costs anyway, including the ever present threat of
    having that position taken away from you, or “falling from grace” in some
    other real or imagined way. Plenty of real ways to fall flat on your face
    or lose that position in the front of the line, but just in case those are
    not enough, there are some imaginary ones too

  3. Costel Dulgher says:

    If you don’t like what you’re doing it’s most likely you’ll look for
    fulfillment in other sides. When those supporters fail you’re then left
    alone in in the midst of your mess.
    In my case I didn’t know how to pick up the signs on time and it lead to
    stress , depression , severe anxieties and panic attacks. Extended for a
    period of 6 months you I was diagnosed with GAD (generalized anxiety
    Knowing what it is you know nothing really happens. But the fellings are a
    car reach a torture point and drop you out of life.
    I had to migrate

  4. Turrican14 says:

    I found this to be 17 minutes of nothing. Basically, she has panic disorder
    so quit her job – the end.

  5. ThomasRogan19 says:

    Thank you so much for this, this whole time I thought I was alone in
    feeling anxiety to this level. I’m struggling to leave my house, go to
    college, I’m losing all my friends and I’m becoming seriously unfit and I
    only blame myself. I’m usually very active with sports, very social and
    love people and I enjoy huge challenges, but for some unknown reason, this
    hit me bigger than it has in the past. I’m being driven insane because I
    know I’m not living up to my own capability and I can’t find a way to get
    out of this stupid mess my brain is in. I CONSTANTLY feel sick to the point
    that I just sit in my bathroom, waiting to be sick but it never ever
    happens. Thank you for sharing your personal experience and you’ve given me
    hope that their is a way out to bigger and better things. 

  6. michelle chaban says:

    TED Talks are so wonderful. Great one, Summer.
    M. Chaban
    Associates in #Psychotherapy — #EvanstonTherapist

  7. Laura Faith says:

    No one was really supportive when I was no longer able to attend high
    school. Not many people really get it. I was litterally unable to function.
    At the beginning of the year I would try and try, telling myself that this
    year would be different than last. I wouldn’t be a slacker like last year.
    but every year I gradually just shut down. My teachers could tell something
    was wrong but I never even understood it myself. I was just called lazy and
    undetermined. But I was absolutely exhausted. Even when I shut down and
    quit doing any work at school at all, I would still feel completely
    overwhelmed. I even struggle with online school. But I manage.

  8. francisco otalora says:

    She needs to take a Xanax , but it sounds like she is on aderall.

  9. Daniel Bennett says:

    My God, this is so incredibly true. I’ve been hibernating through jobs for

  10. Lucid Reality says:

    Hunters of the past also were able to control their adrenaline rush. If
    they were to have a panic attack and just shrivel up into a ball, we
    wouldn’t be here today. The world isn’t as nice as we might think. Muggers,
    gang members, dirty cops… even mountain lions still exist… I guess that
    you just can’t see them from within your bubble.

  11. olivia maria Goanta says:

    i will write my story about struggling with anxietty, depression , panick
    attacs ocd
    it will be like a for of chatarsis and may be some of the people who read
    it will find a little bit to idenfy with from the whole story cause i have
    many phases i went through and could help maybe just a bit same like
    anxiety chat since i havemore aptitude for writing alone 

  12. Roberto Cantú says:

    This talk is about the environment affecting you negatively and the only
    choices you have: migrate, adapt, hibernate. But the real lesson is YOU
    have to affect (positively, proactively) your environment so things can
    begin to change. That’s what she did. She didn’t migrate (or run away, or
    escape). It’s not about the job. She changed her environment and ONE PART
    OF THAT was quitting her job. I don’t think she realizes that.

  13. danpt2000 says:

    I understand this woman. engineering jobs are similar, except, we don’t
    even get to interact with people most of the time. 

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  15. Mark Reedman says:

    This affects more and more people. I think you’ve related your personal
    experiences in the best way possible. I’m sure it will help others. you’ve
    turned it into a positve overall. good on you. I wish you well.

  16. INNO222 says:

    She’s right about support. One of the best resources for success in life in
    my very humble opinion.

  17. Honeybee Pa says:

    Time for me to migrate

  18. StrangerThanFiction DizzyTV says:

    first i migrated, then i hibernated, they didnt work, finally 8 years on im
    adapting lol

  19. Goiriath says:

    Ironically, I actually had my anxiety get better working in a call centre,
    but I got to be low level IT support, which was way better, as it meant I
    was actually fixing peoples problems, and if I couldn’t, it got escalated
    to the vendor. It was easy, and even if it was the same fix I’d repeated
    countless times that day, people were so happy I’d been able to help them.

    The advice to ‘migrate’: This is a lot harder if you’ve never been in a
    well-adapted environment, because some of the things you’ll have to change
    is yourself, and some of the things are external, and you won’t know which
    is which.
    So, for example, jobs were stressful (and induced panic attacks), but being
    on unemployment triggered depression instead.
    For years I was stuck between the two. Yes, I should have switched jobs
    quicker, but I’d always get stuck thinking that I wouldn’t leave until I’d
    turned my performance around. Several times I did, semi-accidentally, and
    then felt like I could leave.
    But, at least I know I’ve had a job I was mostly ok in now. But, it was
    such a dead end. I got a job with more responsibility, but I’m worried I’m
    not coping very well with it. They think I’m fine, but I’m worried I’m just
    going to go AWOL one day, I’m stressing out too much about it.

  20. Takiya Paicely says:

    Nice video on anxiety and panic attacks
    Anxiety: Hibernate, Adapt, or Migrate: Summer Ber…:

  21. John Paul says:

    What an interesting person.

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    please look at my page and help me get treatment for anxiety disorder.

  23. listen2watidontsay says:

    I agree, never strive to survive in a bad environment. Leave the bad
    environment. BUT ALONG WITH THIS, we must make efforts to become more
    ‘solid’ from inside. Working out, using will power, meditation, anything
    and everything you think will help. But again, do not live on in a bad

  24. dave293550 says:

    This girl is cute

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