Anxiety and Panic Articles

3 Ways to Navigate Anxious Thoughts with Self-Compassion

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

3 Ways to Navigate Anxious Thoughts with Self-CompassionFor so many of us when we start having anxious thoughts, we get self-critical. We berate ourselves for our worries, sweaty palms and all-over shakiness.

We call ourselves names. We become ashamed and embarrassed.

What is wrong with you? You’re an idiot for getting anxious over something so small!

5 Myths About Managing Anxiety

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

5 Myths about Managing AnxietyMany people hold various myths that can stall and sabotage their anxiety treatment. In fact, these beliefs can fuel and perpetuate anxiety. Below two anxiety experts share five myths about managing anxiety and anxiety in general.

How Anxiety Can Protect Us

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

How Anxiety Can Protect UsIn life there are some things that are good for us and some things that aren’t. Many times though, the things that we think are doing us harm actually have a component of good.

This is true for things like relationships that although were not healthy while we were engaged, taught us great life lessons weeks, months or years down the road. The same can be said for anxiety.

Anxiety was best described to me as the point when your fight or flight response is triggered by something that should be completely innocuous. It can be brought on by social interaction, peer pressure, perceived slights or even things as seemingly harmless as stepping on a crack in the sidewalk or not doing the precise number of actions or the precise order of actions before something happens.

Why Some Delusions Can Be So Persistent

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Why Some Delusions Can Be So Persistent A delusion is defined as a firmly held belief or impression which is contradicted by reality or rational argument.

As a person with schizophrenia, I’m more than familiar with delusional thinking. A major part of my experience living with the illness has taught me to be wary of any thought I have which doesn’t seem entirely real.

Teen Suicide: Out of Sight Is Not Out of Mind

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Out of Sight is not Out of MindAs a Master of Social Work student, my first field placement was at an acute mental health inpatient facility on an adolescent unit. Each day I went to my placement, I saw an increasing number of rotating teenagers coming into the hospital due to suicidal ideation or a suicide attempt.

My experience in the adolescent unit showed me just how much suicide affects the teen population. As a result, I have become an advocate for education on, and the prevention of, suicide.

3 Tips for Dealing with Anxious Thoughts

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

3 Tips for Dealing with Anxious Thoughts Negative, worry-filled thoughts perpetuate our anxiety. They also paralyze us from taking action and can prevent us from leading a fulfilling life.

Sometimes, we mistakenly assume worry helps us circumvent potential catastrophes: If we aren’t worried, something terrible will happen.

But as licensed psychologist and anxiety expert Tamar E. Chansky, Ph.D, writes in her book Freeing Yourself From Anxiety: 4 Simple Steps to Overcome Worry and Create The Life You Want, “When did you last say, ‘Thank goodness I wasted, I mean, spent the last three hours freaking out about that job interview. The worry was so helpful and I feel much better now’?”

How to Deal with Social Anxiety & Paranoia

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

How to Deal with Social Anxiety and ParanoiaSchizophrenia can be marked by various frightening and, at times, debilitating symptoms. These include delusions, hearing voices or sounds that aren’t there and others. For me the most debilitating symptom — and the one that never really seems to go away entirely even with my myriad medications — is paranoia.

Paranoia is basically the feeling and the anxiety that people’s main goals are primarily to hurt you in some way. For me it manifests in more social iterations as opposed to bodily harm. I’m constantly worried that people are laughing at me or making fun of me. The exact reason they’re making fun of me varies from the way I look that day to the way I act to smaller things like the way I talk or the way I hold my cigarette.

I’ve been told that everyone has a level of anxiety around these things and that what I call paranoia is no more than social anxiety. I think the determining factor is the belief that people are going out of their way to harm me emotionally. If that’s not paranoia I don’t know what is.

Coping with Anxiety

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Coping with AnxietyAnxiety happens to everyone. It can occur in new situations, testing or assessments, performance evaluations, competition and even asking something of another. Some may continue to feel anxious even after the nerve-wracking activity has ended. It can manifest as a “gut feeling” or as physical symptoms, such as sweating and rapid heartbeat.

It is important to have techniques available which will allow you to cope with your anxiety. Coping techniques can help soothe anxiety mentally and physically by training your mind and relaxing your body. A few techniques include:

5 Ways to Stop a Worry-Filled What-If Cycle

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

5 Ways to Stop A Worry-Filled What-If CycleWhat-if thoughts aren’t necessarily problematic. They become problematic when they’re chronic, and we experience a lack of control, said L. Kevin Chapman, Ph.D. Chapman is a psychologist and associate professor in clinical psychology at the University of Louisville, where he studies and treats anxiety disorders.

What-if thoughts also become problematic when they cause distress or interfere with a person’s ability to function, said Simon A. Rego, PsyD, director of psychology training and the CBT Training Program at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.

How the ADAA Helps People with Anxiety Disorders & Depression

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

How the Anxiety and Depression Association of America Works to Prevent, Treat and Cure Anxiety Disorders and DepressionThe following is an interview with Alies Muskin, executive director of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).

Q: National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week is from May 4-10 this year. Why do you feel it’s important that there’s a week dedicated to the awareness of anxiety and depression?

A: Millions of children and adults suffer from an anxiety disorder such as panic disorder or social anxiety disorder, depression or a related disorder, including obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Many suffer in silence, do not seek treatment, or even realize that they have a real, serious, and treatable condition. National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week allows ADAA and other organizations to highlight these disorders and offer educational resources and information to those who suffer and their families.

Mindfulness and Stress Reactions: Getting Off the Elevator of Distress

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

partnerselevatorservice.comA good friend of mine describes her depression as an elevator that takes her down to an unfurnished basement with toxic mold, the stench of cat urine and no windows. When she is there, she has difficulty believing that there are any floors above her. What she sees and smells, she surmises, is the sum total of her existence and she will rot there until her last breath.

We live so much of our day on automatic pilot — with little thought to what we are doing at the present moment — that we can get in that elevator with almost no effort on our part. Certain conversations or events trigger thoughts that push the “LL” (lower level) button. Then we walk out into a dark room and wonder how we got there.

Thriving with Mental Illness: Q&A with Summer Beretsky

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Summer Beretsky

This is the third installment of our monthly series, which features individuals living with and thriving with mental illness.

I wanted to share this series because even though having a mental illness is hard – really hard – we don’t hear enough stories about people who are doing well.

We don’t hear much about people who are successfully managing their conditions and savoring satisfying, healthy lives.

We also don’t hear nearly enough about how they do it.

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