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How is an anxiety attack like a haunted house? One poet will tell you.

"This is the part of the story when everyone is telling you to RUN." — Brenna Twohy

How is an anxiety attack like a haunted house? One poet will tell you.

Getting people who don't suffer from anxiety issues to understand them is hard.

People have tried countless metaphors and methods to describe what panic and anxiety is like. But putting it into the context of a living nightmare, haunted house style, is one of the more effective ways I've ever seen it done.

Brenna Twohy delivered the riveting poetic analogy recently in Oakland, starting out by going off about some funny "Goosebumps" plots. It's lovely, funny, sweet, and relatable, and it's totally worth the short time to watch.


Here are some of the quick highlights:

Just like an R.L. Stine book, anxiety can play tricks on your mind.

Panic is a poltergeist.

"When I tell you that panic is a stubborn phantom, that she will grab onto me and not let go for months."

And the truth of how hard it can be to find someone who wants to sign up for your baggage.

When curious people try to show interest in your haunted head, it can seem more like voyeurism.

"When you say 'tell me about the bad days' it sounds like all the neighborhood kids daring each other to ring the doorbell."

But there's more where that came from, and she ends on a hopeful note. She's really pretty brilliant.

Feeling like she nailed it? Your friends may appreciate her take on it, too.

A young boy tried to grab the Pope's skull cap

A boy of about 10-years-old with a mental disability stole the show at Pope Francis' weekly general audience on Wednesday at the Vatican auditorium. In front of an audience of thousands the boy walked past security and onto the stage while priests delivered prayers and introductory speeches.

The boy, later identified as Paolo, Jr., greeted the pope by shaking his hand and when it was clear that he had no intention of leaving, the pontiff asked Monsignor Leonardo Sapienza, the head of protocol, to let the boy borrow his chair.

The boy's activity on the stage was clearly a breach of Vatican protocol but Pope Francis didn't seem to be bothered one bit. He looked at the child with a sense of joy and wasn't even disturbed when he repeatedly motioned that he wanted to remove his skull cap.

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