December 5, 2011 |
I come from a long line of worriers and have been something of one myself as far back as I can remember. As a child, I worried about bad guys hiding under my bed; as a teenager, I got worked up about exams at school. These days, the world economy, finances and my children's safety (not in that order) are just a few of the things that keep me up at night. While I'm tossing and turning struggling to keep my fears in check, my husband drifts off into a sound sleep. Very few things trouble him enough to lose sleep over.
November 18, 2012 |
White's struggles Off-court problems -- now they are called "issues" -- between players and teams used to be worked out behind closed doors and often at a logical pace. Then came social media, and more specifically, Twitter. The scary thing is that the safety net is gone. The filter has vanished and it is entirely possible that every thought from an executive, coach or player -- positive and negative -- can go viral within minutes. This is aptly illustrated by the Twitter account of the Houston Rockets' Royce White -- his handle is @Highway_30 -- and his current dispute with the team over the handling of his anxiety disorder.
July 23, 2000 |
Shyness, once viewed as becoming in some people, is today being cast as a prevalent medical problem. Thankfully, shy people can receive relief in the form of a pill called Paxil. The medicine is an old drug being applied to a novel disease called "social anxiety disorder." Both the disease and the drug are largely the innovation of the drug's manufacturer and its Madison Avenue advertising agency.
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July 31, 2000
"Pills for What Ails You Socially" (Opinion, July 23) is wrong to assert that "social anxiety disorder" and the antidepressant medicine used to treat it are "largely the innovation" of the drug's manufacturer and its ad agency. Specific criteria for diagnosing social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia, have been described in the American Psychiatric Assn.'s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders since 1980. Paxil, an antidepressant, was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treatment of depression in 1993 and was not approved for treatment of social anxiety disorder until 1999.
July 24, 2002 |
As a running back for the New Orleans Saints, Ricky Williams would repeatedly hurl his body into a wall of 300-pound defensive linemen, yet he was too unnerved to take off his helmet during interviews. He would allow his mail to accumulate for days, fearful his neighbors were watching his every move. Even trips to the grocery store turned into harrowing ordeals. "I would hide from people in the store," he said.
February 15, 2013 |
PHOENIX - His face is shadowed under an oversized baseball cap. His gaze is often averted to the ceiling or floor. His handshake is distant, his voice is small, his sentences trail off into awkward silence. The first impression of Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke is that, despite having just signed a $147-million deal with a team in baseball's second-largest market, he simply wants to run away and hide. It is a daily act of courage that he does not. "I didn't think there was anything wrong with me," he said Friday.