Video: Anxious? You’re Not Alone: Check Out These Anxiety Blogs

I am not the only person with an anxiety disorder.

Likewise, you are not the only person with an anxiety disorder.

But it can sure feel that way sometimes, eh? Especially on days when everyone else at the party is acting super sociable, but you're slunked (is that a word?) down in a corner and too dizzy to talk to anyone.

It's easy to feel alone on days when everyone else seems to be gathering their groceries from the store shelves just fine, but you're still hovering in the breezeway, leaning on your cart, and trying to muster up the courage to walk inside.

And it's easy to feel alone at work, too. Everyone else can pay attention to the corporate PowerPoint presentation in the conference room, but you're sitting next to the closed door, thinking about how far you are from the office restroom, and flexing your leg muscles for a quick escape.

Every time we say "I am alone!" we are lying.

We are not alone in our struggles...and I made a video, just for you, to prove it:
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Anxiety and Panic

Video: 6 Ways to Distract Yourself From Panic

Coping with panic attacks can be difficult, to say the least.

I've had well over... um... well, I'm not exactly counting, but it's certainly more than 300 or 400. And I mean bona fide panic attacks. Not high anxiety -- true panic.

Even after 8 years, I'm still working on coping with it effectively. A series of heart palpitations in the cereal aisle will still send me dashing for the exit of the grocery store. A twinge of nausea on a car ride will send me reaching for Xanax.

And a little unwelcome heat & humidity will make me clammy and lightheaded... just like it did today. Just as I started filming this video, I panicked. My apartment was too warm and I couldn't get the AC to work. Frustrated, I started feeling woozy and like I needed to sit down, lest I panic. Then, when I finally did sit down, I became worried that I would simply grow hotter and hotter until I finally passed out. So, feeling even woozier, I stood up again to plead with the thermostat, shaking, and extremely fearful of passing out.

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Video: 7 Facts About Adolescent Suicide

When I read Richard Zwolinski's most recent Therapy Soup blog post, this quote caught me off guard:
"While I know of suicidal youth as young as 5 or 6 years of age, the youngest suicidal patient that I worked with was 11 years old. She felt as though no one understood her pain and no one loved her and she felt hopeless about her life."
That was part of Richard's interview with Dr. Alec Miller, a professor of clinical psychiatry and behavioral sciences and co-author...
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Video: 6 Ways to Bounce Back from Unemployment Stress

Earlier this week, you may have seen Sandy Naiman's post about how to bounce back from unemployment stress:

In today’s economy, with soaring unemployment rates, cut-backs, massive lay-offs and a consumerist culture shouts “buy, buy, buy,” it’s devastating to be jobless.

Furthermore, our cultural values are out of sync – how we value ourselves and our mental and emotional health versus the value of work, money and “stuff.”
Sandy goes on to say that this, combined with the way we tend to define ourselves by our work,...
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Video: 7 Ways to Slow Down Before Bedtime

It's been a long week, hasn't it?

The days are getting longer here in the northern hemisphere -- and for many of us, the extra light brings joy.

But the extra light also keeps us wakeful for longer. Soon, even 8 pm will be nearly as bright as mid-day.

That extra light -- as welcomed as it might be after such a long and dark winter -- can do us a big disservice. When there's more daylight outside, do you ever feel like you pack more activities into your day? Does it take more effort to slow down for bedtime? Do you tend to go to bed later?

If you've answered "yes" to any of the above questions, keep reading! I made a video just for you.

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Psych Central Week in Review #10: Anxiety, Antidepressants, and Learning

Students and life-long learners alike: at what time of day do you usually study?

When I was in college, I worked a few days per week as a campus computer lab monitor. (In other words, I got paid a few bucks to sit in a room with 30 computers and make sure that the printer didn't jam up.)

I usually worked the closing (read: midnight) shift, and thanks to an incredibly competent cohort of classmates, I never had much work to do. If the printer jammed, the student who'd jammed the machine would usually walk right over, pull out the offending accordion-shaped piece of computer paper, and print their work again.

Call this job a study hall for the college set.

And study I did.

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Psych Central Week in Review #9: Math Anxiety, ADHD, and Guns

I remember the first time I held (and shot) a gun that didn't shoot water.

I was a teenager. Fourteen? Fifteen, maybe? I was young.

My dad spent an hour one afternoon playing with his new BB gun. I found him in our backyard on a warm summer day taking shots at an empty cardboard shipping box. He was aiming at the "F" in "FRAGILE".

I stood on our back deck and listened to the obligatory stories about how he and the neighborhood kids used to shoot birds and squirrels with BB guns when he was a teenager.

A teenager? Hmm. I was a teenager. I'd never shot a gun before.

I asked if I could try shooting it. If he used to play with a BB gun at his age, why couldn't I?

Somewhat reluctantly, he let me try it.

"Aim for the G," he said, "because it's right in the middle. And be careful."

Despite my best aim, my first shot went straight into the dirt. My second shot hit the top edge of the box and my third hit the wall of the garage. (I don't remember my dad being too happy about that last one.)

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History of Psychology Round-Up: From Psychoanalysis’s Birthplace to Britain’s Last Rites

Every month I share the most interesting articles I’ve come across while writing about the history of psychology.

This month, you'll find everything from the birthplace of psychoanalysis in America -- hint: it’s not New York City -- to the founder of cognitive psychology to an entire series on mental illness and last rites.

Let's get started...

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Psych Central Week in Review Video #2

A few weeks ago, we tested out two new ways of delivering some of the week's top news stories to our readers: an audio podcast and a video podcast.

We've listened to your feedback regarding both formats...and the winner is video!

This week's "Psych Central Week in Review" video brings you some news about the role of social media in mental health, a request from "My Meds, My Self" blogger Kaitlin Barnett Bell for your own personal med stories, and a few of your answers to our questions on Facebook this week! (Be sure to watch -- your own comments might be included!)
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