In Praise Of Anxiety And Exercise

And a soliloquy in Richard Burton’s ‘Hamlet’ is my inspiration

Marc Barham
Seroxcat’s Salon

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Richard Burton in Hamlet (1964) (Wikimedia)

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”— Jiddu Krishnamurti

I have since the age of 19 suffered from severe panic attacks and anxiety. I have lived a fairly normal life at least on the outside but to mask these attacks and the debilitating anxiety I would use large amounts of alcohol when necessary.

I was when much younger a footballer and exercise drastically reduced my attacks and therefore my reliance on alcohol. However, I have to admit that one can still perform at a high sporting level even with alcohol in their bloodstream.

From what I have seen and learned over six decades my existential combination is not uncommon as alcohol and other drugs are commonly used by so many to function within the normative expectations of our modern world. So many. It does make you wonder why.

If so many of us in our society are mentally unwell instead of trying to cure us should we not be changing the parts of our modern world that cause these — exponentially rising — psychological traumas and modern terrors?

I have had sessions of the ‘talking therapy cure’ but I have to say talking about myself for an hour does not make any…

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Marc Barham
Seroxcat’s Salon

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