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Eddie McNamara

Health Writer

Eddie McNamara is a 9/11 first-responder and former cop turned vegetarian chef and author. He's been living with panic disorder and PTSD for 17 years, and he'll be sharing his experiences, thoughts, and seriously hard-won advice every month. Check out all his columns for "Panic in the Streets."

Latest by Eddie McNamara

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Corona Memes That'll Make You Smile

Sometimes you just have to laugh so you don't cry. And in this time of constant coronavirus worry and fear, we're totally there.

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Panic and Purpose in the Pandemic

Finding it hard to breathe even though you have zero symptoms of COVID-19? You’re so not alone. Our "Panic in the Streets" columnist shares his advice for dealing with anxiety in the time of corona.

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Accepting My Anxiety, Breath by Breath

It sounds so simple, but truly coming to terms with your condition is anything but. Eddie McNamara shares the methods that have helped him most.

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Treatment

Coming Off My SSRI Was a Living Nightmare

But I lived to tell about it. Here’s what it was like—and what you should know before you try tapering your anxiety or depression meds, too.

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"I Took a Mindfulness Class and It Was Everything"

Calmer. Clearer. More grounded. That was our writer after an eight-week class in mindfulness-based stress reduction—and it can be you, too.

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Treatment

Should You Use Ketamine to Treat PTSD?

Our "Panic in the Streets" columnist speaks to a doctor who’s been treating patients for years. Here’s what he found out.

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Living With

An Open Letter to All the Survivors

You were there. You heard the gunshots. You saw what happened. This is for you.

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Living With

5 Ways to Deal With a Public Panic Attack

HealthCentral columnist Eddie McNamara shares his best advice for getting through it so you can cope, too.

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Living With

Simple Self-Help for Depression

These three steps can help pull you forward when all you want to do is stay where you are.

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Living With

10 Top Myths About Anxiety

Get the straight-up truth about what it’s like to live with an anxiety disorder.