I am going to assume that everyone that is reading and responding to these topics has left somewhere and is now living or has lived in France (or somewhere else) as a resident. Further I am going to assume that you have experienced both the good and questionable (I never say bad and encourage it with all of my "clients") aspects of expat life.
My question is how did you deal with the anxiety. Maybe a friend got hung up in an Air Traffic controllers strike and could not make it for a plan weekend or maybe you just spent 4 hours at the Prefecture waiting to explain your situation only to be told that you had to pay a fine at the kiosk next door. As you are approaching the door they close and lock up for a 2 hour lunch. Or maybe you just experiencing the cognitive dissonance that we all experience when dealing with the implications of the big decision.
How did you handle it?
Did you say "F... it" put the dog and spouse in the car and drive to Rome for a dirty weekend?
Did you write a long angry post on Survive France?
Did you call and old friend in God knows where?
Or did you just cry, get hammered and wake up feeling like a piece of s..t?
These are real world situation that strong people like us deal with everyday.
Of course familiar stuff is easier but we are not ordinary people.