As I was going through all of the posts from 2010, I realized there were just too many great posts to call this "Top Posts of 2010." Instead, I am including 20 of what I consider some of the many posts you may want to revisit. These posts talk about many different aspects of anxiety, some are about social anxiety, some about panic disorder, some about children with anxiety, some about treatments. I could have written a top ten list for each subject but hope that these posts will provide you with some practical advice on coping with your anxiety. As this year comes to an end, you might want to take the time to forward some of these posts to someone you know that is struggling with understanding their, or a loved one's, anxiety disorder.
Getting Effective Treatment: Identifying Anxiety Triggers
Triggers can be either physical or emotional. Some triggers may be obvious, such as seeing a relative that has been abusive in the past or visiting a place filled with bad memories. But sometimes, our triggers are not so obvious. Treating anxiety is more than learning how to manage symptoms. It is also understanding triggers and facing each one in order to alleviate, or at least minimize, the trigger's effect on us.
Talking to Your Doctor: 10 Questions to Ask
Talking to your doctor when you have an anxiety disorder is not easy. Some of the main symptoms of anxiety are chronic worrying, fear and panic. It stands to reason, then, that you may be afraid to go to the doctor. Talking to someone about your anxiety can be scary. You may be afraid that the doctor is going to tell you that you have some incurable disease. You may be afraid of social situations, including speaking to receptionists and medical personnel. But chances are, you also want help. You don't want to feel anxious and afraid all the time. These questions can help you be prepared when you need to talk to your doctor.
10 Reasons Why Anxiety Isn't Always in the Mind
Anxiety is a hidden illness. No one can tell you are anxious and all too often we hear that it is "in your head." But this isn't necessarily true. Dr. Kennard discusses some of the physical causes of anxiety.
Social Anxiety and Dating
Dating can be a fearful experience for the millions of people suffering from social anxiety disorder. Merely Me explains, "If you suffer from social anxiety the prospect of dating can seem terrifying. You may focus on what can go wrong such as being rejected, feeling embarrassed or even humiliated. You may worry about what to say, how to act, or even how to eat." She offers suggestions for coping with dating when you have social anxiety disorder.
Self-Help Tips for Panic Disorder
One of the most common questions I receive is "What can I do to prevent or reduce panic attacks?" Dr. Kennard offers some suggestions and tips for managing your panic attacks.
7 Herbal Remedies for Stress
Can herbal remedies really help to relieve stress? Dr. Kennard looks at 7 different herbal remedies and explains the benefits and warnings of each.
The Top Ten Most Stressful Jobs in America
At some time or another, all of us have felt the overwhelming stress of our jobs. Merely Me reports on a recent survey that discussed what the most stressful jobs are.
How Do I Know if My Child has a Mental Illness?
Your child is acting different, maybe seems a bit sad or is overly emotional, with crying or outbursts over even the littlest things. Your child is having trouble making friends or maybe their friends are shying away, avoiding spending time with your child. How do you know what is normal behaviors and what may signal a mental illness or, if not a mental illness, a reason for concern?
An Interview with Dr. Clark, author of Living Well with Anxiety: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You ...
Carolyn Clark worked as a therapist for over 35 years, working with many people with all levels of anxiety. She understands that each of us has experienced anxiety at some time, and most of us experience healthy anxiety all the time. It is what keeps us alert and aware. It keeps us from jumping into dangerous situations and what motivates us to try harder. But sometimes, anxiety can be severe. In those cases, extra care is needed to help overcome the debilitating impact anxiety may have.
Five Signs that it is Time to get Help for Your Anxiety
You worry a lot. You become anxious easily. You are prone to nervousness. How do you know if this is normal of if you need help? Merely Me explains what warning signs indicate you may need extra help in dealing with your anxiety.
I often get questions about how to cope with morning anxiety, that feeling of anxiety you get upon opening your eyes. Dr. Kennard offers suggestions for managing early morning anxiety.
Anxious Personalities: Which Type are You?
"Although everyone feels anxious to some extent, there are some personalities which seem more prone to feeling stress and anxiety. Merely Me lists some of the traits and mindsets of some of the different types of anxious personalities but remember that these are but caricatures. Nobody is a cartoon character with unchanging static personal qualities and traits. You may find that you have something in common with all the types or find bits and pieces of your personality scattered among these examples. The goal is to recognize what parts of your personality contribute to maintaining a higher than normal level of stress in your life."
Five Myths about Social Anxiety Disorder
Is social anxiety disorder a form of extreme shyness? Is it an excuse? In this post I explore some of the common myths, such as these, about social anxiety disorder.
8 Ways You Can Relax Right Now
No matter where you are or what you are doing, Merely Me has provided some great ways to take five minutes and relax to help reduce your stress and anxiety.
Why You Should Try Something New
Many people with anxiety tend to avoid new or unknown situations because of their fears. Merely Me explains, "One reason is that trying new things increases our adaptability and ability to survive. If we always do the same things how can we learn to get along when our life situation abruptly changes? Life pretty much ensures that your circumstances will change over time whether you like it or not. We will be faced with ever evolving challenges such as moving to a new home, acquiring a new job, or beginning a new relationship. Those who cannot easily adapt to such changes may experience a paralyzing anxiety and more.
It can be a vicious circle. Our anxiety keeps us awake all night and the lack of sleep increases our anxiety. How then, can we get a good night's sleep? Merely me offers some tips and ideas.
The Meaning of Fears and Anxieties in Dreams
Can our dreams tell us something about our anxiety? Can understanding our dreams help us cope with symptoms of anxiety? According to Merely Me, "Every night, whether we like it or not we take our fears and worries with us to bed. Even when we close our eyes and go to sleep, somehow our mind captures our anxieties and translates them into dream imagery. Many of our fears are shared by others so the theme of our dreams may have universal symbols and elements common to most people."
Three Sensory Strategies to Decrease Stress
Merely Me shares her son's experiences with sensory processing disorder to help find new ways of coping with stress.
The First Experience of Panic
Dr. Kennard explains how many people may believe they are suffering from a heart attack when they first experience a panic attack. Understanding panic attacks can help you reach out for help immediately and possibly decrease ongoing panic attacks.
Improve Mood and Lessen Anxiety with Yoga
Recent research has shown how this ancient form of exercise can actually help you to reduce your anxiety and feel better. Dr. Kennard explains the study.
Published On: December 20, 2010