A shooting pain permeates throughout your chest. You feel weak. Your breathing turns heavy—perspiration kicks in. Your mind races, fearing the worst possible outcomes. It only makes it worse.
It goes away after a few minutes but returns later that night. Fingers going numb, you grab your phone and start scouring the web for answers to your medical anomaly. What did you eat that day? Are you having a reaction to something? Are you having a heart attack?
WebMD says you are. Though other sources say it could be a stroke or some rare lung disease that only affects a handful of people each year. Either way you’ve already started writing up your will and planning your goodbyes. Continue reading Anxiety-Related Illness: Worried Sick
Anxiety is a funny thing – frequently coming in waves and often without warning, anxiety can creep into our lives when we least expect it. Most of us have experienced it in one form or another but putting a finger on its causes can be difficult. Based upon statistics from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), roughly 40 million Americans (ages 18 and up) are affected by anxiety every year, equaling over 18% of the U.S. population. However, of this hefty 18%, only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.
When we hear the words “anxiety treatment”, we often visualize translucent orange pill bottles and frequent visits to the local pharmacist. Be that as it may, alternative therapies for anxiety have been catching the attention of scientists and health care providers alike as the search for additional ways to help mental health disorders has gained more interest in the health care industry. Continue reading Changing The Game In Alternative Anxiety Therapy
Anxiety, stress, and depression can nestle their way into our lives in several different ways. This is totally normal. Stressful work environments, relationship issues, grief, frustration, loneliness and worry all cause anxiety and depression at some points in our lives. That said, it’s important that we know how to handle them when they arise.
Even though no one knows the precise link between anxiety and depression, it is known that they tend to occur together. In one recent study, 85% of those diagnosed with major depressive disorder were also deemed to have generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and about 35% showed signs of panic disorder. On top of this, other anxiety disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have been correlated to depression. Because they are such common causes, anxiety and depression have become known as the “fraternal twins” of mood disorders. Continue reading Anxiety And Depression: Fraternal Twins
We all encounter stress and anxiety during various times in our lives. From the demands and stress of college, work, and personal relationships—the list is endless—anxiety can creep up on us more frequently than we might prefer. Not only that, but it can be difficult to tell the difference between regular feelings of anxiety and a true anxiety disorder such as social anxiety disorder or even obsessive-compulsive disorder. That said, if anxiety is affecting you or someone you know, it is important to know the differences. Continue reading Seeing The Difference Between Normal & True Anxiety
What’s the most difficult skill that you’ve ever mastered? Golf? Calculus? Rocket Science? Baking a Soufflé? Remember how difficult it was at first? Initially, it seemed nearly impossible. But with practice, trial and error, and a lot of missteps, you mastered the process. Managing anxiety disorders can be many times more difficult, but there is a similar process to becoming the master of your anxiety rather than it becoming the master of you.
“Just stop worrying,” people may say to you. But if only it were that simple. Continue reading Conquering Your Stress And Anxiety In 4 Steps
You get home and turn on the news. Next thing you know, you are seeing another story about gun violence, another act of terrorism, another political scandal; an epidemic in a foreign country.
You’ve made a habit of watching the news each night, however – each time you do – you grow to fear the world just a little bit more. It’s a scary place, you think. A world governed by violence and tragedy. You grow anxious – to the point where you are practically sick to your stomach. Continue reading Stress, Anxiety, and the Endless Stream of Bad News