Anxiety and Panic Articles

Larry Sanders & the Need for Understanding

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

depressed manLarry Sanders, the former Milwaukee Bucks basketball player, recently disclosed that he’d taken a leave of absence from the team in order to be treated for depression and anxiety. He later took a buyout of his contract and currently is not playing anywhere in the NBA.

Someone I used to work with, who apparently somehow has been oblivious to my mental health status for the last 10 years, made a comment on this story on Facebook. He said that he would never make as much money in his life as this “useless (expletive)” and hoped he would overdose.

5 Mistakes So Many of Us Make When Navigating Anxiety

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Don't Panic! 7 Ways To Overcome AnxietyEvery one of us experiences anxiety. And we can experience anxiety about anything in our lives. Anxiety expert Marni Goldberg’s clients struggle with everything from worrying about the future to feeling like they’re not good enough to being overwhelmed by daily demands.

Many of psychotherapist Tracy Tucker’s clients struggle with a fear of the unknown. Much of the anxiety couples therapist Christine Holding, LMFT, sees in her office has to do with abandonment, rejection and failure.

Maybe you can relate to experiencing the above fears. Or maybe your anxiety is of a different flavor.

Whatever your worries, you may be unwittingly approaching your anxiety in ways that actually increase it. Many of us do. Below are five unhelpful approaches and what can help instead.

Psychology Around the Net: February 28, 2015

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

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Check out this week’s Psychology Around the Net to learn more about smokers and their relationships to anxiety and depression, how your state ranks regarding the five aspects of life satisfaction, neurons that predict how we might react in particular situations, and more.

Neurons That Help Predict What Another Individual Will Do Identified: Scientists have located two groups of neurons in primates that: one that activates during cooperation situations and another that predicts how one will react.

Failure to Launch

Friday, February 27th, 2015

video-game-addiction-fix-itselfJohn was never the greatest of students but he did manage to graduate from college in six years. Yay! His parents breathed a sigh of relief. Finally, he had accomplished what he set out to do.

Now, three years later, Mom and Dad are feeling increasingly distressed. John is living back home and going nowhere. His motivation to get a job comes and goes. The bulk of his day is spent on social media, video games and getting high.

He shows little interest in becoming an independent, self-sufficient adult. If his parents would get him an apartment, he’d move in a minute. But the idea of working toward that goal is beyond him.

Anxiety 101: Don’t Cross the Rocky Mountains in February

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Rockies I70 by Sarah NewmanI know what you’re thinking. “Of course you shouldn’t cross the Rockies during the coldest, snowiest time of year.” But while it may seem obvious that you could be setting yourself up for disaster, worriers like me throw ourselves headlong into harrowing obstacles all the time. We ignore that voice in our heads that says “I can’t handle this” and try to muscle through.

Self-doubt keeps us from listening to our highly sharpened instincts. We spend so much of our lives preparing, honing, gathering information and yet that doesn’t stop us from throwing our better judgment out of the window. 

Psychology Around the Net: February 14, 2015

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

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Happy Valentine’s Day, Psych Central readers!

For those of you who observe Valentine’s Day, we have some interesting information about why single people actually might benefit more than those in relationships.

Oh, and there’re are a few more fascinating reads — from taking a peek at some useful mental health apps to learning how successful people deal with depression.

We hope it provides a great start to your weekend!

It’s Better to Be Single On Valentine’s Day: Here’s one that’s sure to drum up some controversy: Philosopher Neil McArthur and author Marina Adshade make several arguments about why it’s actually better to be single on this day of celebrating love, going beyond just the economic implications and diving into the “are you or are you not committed to me” realm.

Managing the Fear and Anxiety of the Unknown

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Best of Our Blogs: July 16, 2013Almost everybody worries about what will happen in the future. Remember that no one can predict the future with 100 percent certainty. Even if the thing that you are afraid of does happen, there are unpredictable circumstances and factors which can be used to your advantage.

For instance, let’s say at work that you miss the deadline for a project you have been working on for the last few months. Everything you feared is coming true. Suddenly, your boss comes to your office and tells you that the deadline is extended and that he forgot to tell you the day before. This unknown factor changes everything. Remember that we may be 99 percent correct in predicting the future, but all it takes is for that one percent to make a world of difference.

What Makes a Highly Sensitive Person?

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

serious-female-faceMy mom called me her “flapper” when I was a baby. Whenever I got excited, I would flap my arms, like I was young chick taking off for flight … in front of a hawk. I still do that, to some extent, but I manage to keep the arm movements to a minimum extension.

I am easily excitable, a “highly sensitive person,” as defined by Elaine Aron in her bestseller, The Highly Sensitive Person. If you answer yes to most of these questions on her website, you’re probably in the club, which holds 15 to 20 percent of human beings:

Psychology Around the Net: February 7, 2015

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

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Learn more about money and happiness, how our personality types affect our habits, and — *gasp* — whether practicing BDSM can actually reduce anxiety in this week’s Psychology Around the Net.

The Psychology of Why Sports Fans See Their Teams as Extensions of Themselves: With the Super Bowl (and possibly DeflateGate — at least, somewhat) behind us, let’s take a look behind the scenes of how we see our favorite sports teams actually could be an expression of our own selves.

Rumination’s Kryptonite: Singing a Tune

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Using Music to Heal Shattered Souls SSHave you ever found yourself stuck on a thought? You may be replaying an argument you had with your spouse — or even imagining an argument you might have with them. You may be thinking about that time you said something wrong and made a fool out of yourself at a dinner party. Maybe you’re thinking about the time you stuck your foot in your mouth in front of your boss. You might just be upset that you tripped in front of other people on your way into work this morning.

This is called rumination. Not only is it a huge time-waster, it’s demeaning and lowers self-esteem. Perhaps you’re worried these things may happen again or you’re just berating yourself. You might imagine what it would have been like if you had said the right thing or did something differently. But rumination fails to make us feel better and it can’t change the past or the future.

Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop? On Worry & Contentment

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Mindfulness and Anxiety DisordersYou’re having a great day. Maybe something exciting happened: You received a raise, got promoted or defended your master’s thesis. Maybe you took your kids to the zoo, and for the first time everyone genuinely got along.

Maybe the day was absent of thrills. But the small moments still went your way. You sipped a delicious cup of coffee, had lunch with a close friend, and checked off your to-do list.

And yet as you sit and reflect on the day, instead of satisfaction, a wave of panic washes over you. You might even feel a pinch of panic throughout the day.

How to Worry More Effectively

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

How to Worry More EffectivelyEveryone worries from time to time. The problem is, some of us have a tendency to worry about things more than is helpful.

Excessive worry can be accompanied by physical symptoms (such as tension, fatigue, or insomnia) or psychological ones (such as dread, anxiety, and sometimes depression). So how do we stop?

The unfortunate truth is that we will probably never be able to completely stop worrying. However, we can learn to worry more effectively. This is where scheduled worry time comes in.

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