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  • Book Review: Leave of Absence
    “It’s okay to feel frustrated for having to deal with this illness, but don’t hate yourself because of it. This illness is only a tiny part of you.” Self-hatred is the central battle for characters Oliver ...
  • Acupuncture, Anxiety & Depression
    As our broadband speeds up and our phones get smarter, some matters regarding our health get overlooked -- especially our mental health. Tablets and ...
  • Freeing Yourself from Anxiety: The 4-Step Plan to Overcome Worry and Create the Life You Want
    "Freeing Yourself from Anxiety" is filled with practical, reassuring, and even fun strategies to help anyone deal with anxiety. What is anxiety? Psychologist Tamar E. Chansky defines it as “the first reaction of a sensitive system ...
  • Reiki Healing and Mental Health: What the Research Shows
    Healing touch therapies, the best known being Reiki (pronounced RAY-key), are ancient practices in ...
  • 4 of the Biggest Barriers in Bipolar Disorder
    People with bipolar disorder can face many challenges -- from the illness’s fluctuating feelings to its destructive effects ...
  • Should You Consider Alternative Treatments for Anxiety Disorders?
    Anxiety disorders are one of the most common psychiatric disorders. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), ...
  • The Solution: Conquer Your Fear, Control Your Future
    Disclosure: I really wanted to hate the new book, The Solution: Conquer Your Fear, Control Your Future by motivational speaker and bestselling author Lucinda Bassett because it sounded a tad too simplistic, Tony Robbins-ish ...
  • 5 Steps to Reduce Worrying and Anxiety
    Everyone worries from time to time. But for some people, “worry is a way of life,” writes clinical ...
  • Suicide and the Military
    When someone commits suicide, it’s a tragedy. When we are losing more soldiers to suicide than to ...
  • How to Halt and Minimize Panic Attacks
    Experiencing a panic attack can be scary. While panic attacks vary among individuals, attacks tend to ...
  • A Brief History of Anxiety: Yours and Mine
    In the U.S., 40 million adults have an anxiety disorder. Author Patricia Pearson is one of them: She is a regular visitor to Flu Wiki, an online community that fears an impending influenza outbreak. She ...
  • Overcoming Fears, Phobias and Panic Attacks
    There are many ways that a therapist might work with someone to help them overcome their fears, a phobia (like being afraid of snakes) or having a panic attack (where a person feels their heart ...
  • Tips to Cope with a Panic Attack
    A panic attack is a sudden rush of physical symptoms -- like shortness of breath, muscle spasms, and nausea -- coupled with uncontrollable anxiety and sometimes a sense of impending doom. Visits to the emergency ...
  • What is Depression if not a Mental Illness?
    Sometimes you might hear a person talking about mental disorders like depression or bipolar disorder without really understanding what they mean. What is depression? What is bipolar disorder? Why do we refer to ...
  • Facts About Phobias
    Phobias are persistent, irrational fears of certain objects or situations. Phobias occur in several forms; the fear associated with a phobia can focus on a particular object (specific phobia) or be a fear of embarrassment ...
  • Understanding Anxiety Disorders, Part 2
    Anxiety disorders come in many varieties. Descriptions of some of the most common disorders follow: Generalized Anxiety Disorder: GAD is characterized by persistent anxiety unrelated to a specific event. People suffering from GAD cannot help worrying ...
  • Understanding Anxiety Disorders: Part One
    Anxiety is a normal feeling of uneasiness, concern and apprehension that, when carried to an extreme, can become worry or outright terror. Some amount of anxiety and worrying is a normal and necessary part of life. ...
  • Helping Children Who Fear School
    A kid can be just as phobic about school, or math class, or writing a sentence as another child might be about dogs. What can be done to help children who fear an aspect ...
  • Treatment of Panic Disorder
    Treatment can bring significant relief to 70 percent to 90 percent of people with panic disorder, and early treatment can help keep the disease from progressing to the later stages where agoraphobia develops. Before undergoing any ...
  • Anxiety, Worry, and Stress, Oh My: The Bugaboos of Modern Life
    Anxiety, worry, and stress are all afflictions of life in the modern world. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 10 percent of the American population, or 24 million people, suffer from anxiety ...
  • Other Causes of Panic Symptoms
    There are several possible reasons why a person could experience the same physical symptoms as a panic attack, such as chest pain and abdominal distress. That is why it is important to have a primary ...
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Panic Disorder
    How common is panic disorder? Between three and six million American adults will have panic disorder at some time in their lives. Panic disorder usually begins in young adulthood, but can also begin earlier or later ...
  • Explaining Panic Disorder to Your Friends
    The phone rings early in the morning and you hear the voice of your friend on the other end. "Oh my gosh," you think, "Dinner!" Your friend asks where you were last night. She waited ...
  • What Can I Do About Panic Disorder?
    There are two major classes of medications that are equally effective in blocking panic attacks. These are antidepressants and benzodiazepines. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. The advantage of the antidepressants is that they will treat ...
  • How Do I Know If It Is Panic Disorder?
    There are more than a dozen physical or emotional sensations that a person can experience during a panic attack. Not everyone experiences all of them, and people with panic disorder may report different feelings when ...
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