Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Take Away my Anxiety!

What does anxiety feel like? It may feel like heart palpitations before a presentation or before a blind date. It may feel like a sense of dread before you leave the house to meet friends. These are completely "normal" reactions to everyday life situations. The challenge may be that these anxious feelings are "taking over" your everyday activities, such as participating in school events or interactions with co-workers. According to NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health), over 40 million Americans have experienced anxiety disorder symptoms in the last year (2013).

What can you do? For some, a combination of medication and psychotherapy works well, and some choose an either/or approach. It is important for a doctor to determine if the anxiety has an underlying medical root, and tests will usually have to be performed to rule out this possibility. Many times, alcohol abuse, substance abuse, or depression can have strong side effects, which may mean treating the anxiety may have to be put "on hold" until the other co-existing issues are addressed.

Often times, several different medications or therapy methods have to be tried before you find the modality that works best for you. Perhaps a medication has side effects that are overwhelming and it "just isn't working for you." Maybe you and your counselor work together to find techniques that help combat the day-to-day anxiety and the medication is used a support. The point is, people are different and they have different needs. This includes how their anxiety is best managed and what treatments work best for them.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Another Quiet Evening at the GIC

Hello everyone,

It's another quiet evening at the Gender Identity Center, so I thought this would be the perfect time to remind everyone of our expanded fall hours!  We are open 7 days a week, from 9am - 9pm. Weeknights are a perfect time to stop by, grab a snack, peruse our library, hang out for free wi-fi, or chat with our friendly volunteers and interns.  We'd love to see you!

Olga Naroditskaya.
Clinical Intern

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Haiku - Happy Friday

Each day here, I grow
While the leaves shed their bright lights
I smile, my mind flows

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

November Events at the GIC

Hello Everyone!

Here are two events happening at the GIC next month! Everyone is absolutely welcome to attend:

Transgender Day of Remembrance:
November 20th, 2014
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Jefferson Unitarian Church
14350 W 32nd Ave, Golden, CO 80401
(303) 279-5282

Join us in support and solidarity, to remember those affected by violence and oppression against Transgender people. We will be holding a candlelight vigil and reading the names of those who have passed away within the last year. Afterward we will have a brief reception to build community. Light food and drinks will be provided during our reception. All are welcome.

Thanksgiving Dinner
November 27th, 2014
2:00pm – 5:00pm
The Gender Identity Center
1151 S Huron St, Denver, CO 80223
(303) 202-6466

The GIC will be open on Thanksgiving Day. Feel free to stop by in the afternoon for food and company. Dinner will be served around family-style, around 3pm. All are welcome. Also, If anyone is interested in donating food or cooking for this event, call the GIC and leave a message for Jessica.

Thanks everyone for your continued support. Can’t wait to get people together for these amazing events.

~Jessica Blechschmidt

(Clinical and Outreach Intern)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Living Authentically

I have been thinking a lot about this lately. I have been spending so much time stressed about one thing or another, work/school/family/etc.

I have been trying to make changes within myself.  How many of the things in my life that stress me out do I really need to worry about?  What changes can I make?  How can I make myself happy?  Life is short, isn't it?  It is much too short to spend time worrying about things I cannot change or avoiding making changes which I know will make me happier.

We only live once, we should probably make it count.  I am trying to do that, I implore all of you to work on that too.  Let me know how it is going for you too, because we all need a little encouragement sometimes.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014