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Anne Windermere

Patient Advocate

These articles were written by a longtime HealthCentral community member who shared valuable insights from her experience living with multiple chronic health conditions. She used the pen name "Merely Me."

Latest by Anne Windermere

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Living With

8 Ways to Cope with Anxiety and Chronic illness

If you are a person who suffers from anxiety and also a chronic medical illness it may seem as though you have been given a double whammy. Here on Health Central we have many sites which help to support the patient who has a chronic illness including...

Woman stressing over car not being perfectly clean.
Living With

Anxiety Over Not Being Perfect: Why Some of Us Crave Perfection

"You are not perfect. Get over it" is the message I tell myself when I am stressed out over not being superwoman. Yet as much as I tell myself this truth I still fail to embrace the concept fully. It is this trait, the desire for perfectio...

The drama queen personality.
Symptoms

Anxious Personalities: Which Type are You?

Although everyone feels anxious to some extent, there are some personalities which seem more prone to feeling stress and anxiety. I am going to list some of the traits and mindsets of some of the different types of anxious personalities.

Couple looking at each other lovingly in bed.
Medication

Antidepressants and Sex: What You Should Know

Are your antidepressants affecting your libido? Here’s what you can do about it.

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Symptoms

Are Certain Personality Types Prone to Depression?

Explore three personality traits possibly more at risk for developing depression: the isolated introvert, the overachieving perfectionist, and the daydreaming creative type.

couple in turmoil
Relationships

Is Your Partner Depressed or Just Not That Into You?

Apathy is a symptom of depression. It also indicates a problem within a relationship. Learn how to distinguish symptoms of depression from relationships problems.

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How-Tos

Is Anxiety Keeping You Up at Night? How to Get Sleep

Poor sleep causes anxiety, and anxiety causes poor sleep. Here are some practical strategies to interrupt the cycle and get good rest.

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How-Tos

How to Stop Ruminating

Ruminations or obsessions are a common symptom of depression and anxiety. Find out what causes ruminations and some strategies to reduce them.

Stressed woman in an unhappy relationship.
Relationships

How and When to Leave an Emotionally Abusive Relationship

Emotional and verbal abuse can have lasting effects that are just as serious as physical abuse. Learn how to recognize signs of emotional abuse and glean tips on how to leave an abusive relationship.

Do You Have Morning Depression?
Living With

Do You Have Morning Depression?

Morning depression is quite common, as is "diurnal mood variations," our fluctuations in mood throughout the day. Learn about the causes of morning depression and tips on how to improve your mood upon waking.