Laura Turner

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Laura Turner is a writer living in San Francisco.

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The Value of Nostalgia for the Anxious

I used to think nostalgia was only a sign of weakness, but I can see its benefits now.

Oct 02, 2017
Cover Photo: photo via Eisabeth.Skene/flickr
Panic Is

“Panic is terror distilled, a bouillon cube of anxiety for your already-rattled nervous system.”

Sep 06, 2017
Cover Photo: Janet Leigh in ‘Psycho’ (1960)
‘Psycho’ for the Anxious: Why Horror Movies Bring Me Comfort

“I know I am about to be afraid, and I am also about to be just fine. This is controlled terror.”

Aug 07, 2017
Cover Photo: image via Steve Jurvetson/Wikimedia Commons
On Anxiety, Writing, and Taking the Nature Cure

The nature or “West cure” was developed in the nineteenth century to treat men with anxiety. Women were sent to bed.

Jul 10, 2017
Cover Photo: photo via Habeeba Sultan/flickr
Why Faith Is No Substitute for Honesty About Mental Health

“We could wrap our heads around theology and bullshit around a bonfire. What we never had was a vocabulary for fear.”

Jun 07, 2017
Cover Photo: Amy Adams in 'Arrival' (2016)
On Miscarriage, Anxiety, and the Burden of Hope

“To have hope in the presence of suffering and constant anxiety can feel impossible.”

May 03, 2017
Cover Photo: Naomi {purplewoods.wordpress.com} / image via flickr
How Do You Inherit Anxiety?

Inheritance comes to us in many forms. Some jagged treasures we choose for ourselves.

Apr 05, 2017
Cover Photo: photo by Dave Seidman/flickr
Anxiety for Highly Productive People

“When I am anxious, I often think I can produce my way out of it.”

Mar 01, 2017
Cover Photo: View from the New Camaldoli Hermitage
Contemplating Death at the Edge of the Continent

I do not feel that I choose the fear so much as it chooses me.

Jan 11, 2017