- 10 Things You Need to Know About Anxiety Medication One way to reduce anxiety is to take benzodiazepine medication. These anti-anxiety prescription drugs are quick-acting and take effect within 30 to 60 minutes. They can lower symptoms of anxiety in a short period of time and prevent panic attacks. However, there are drawbacks to benzodiapines. Read the following 10 Things before you start anti-anxiety medication.
- Most Common Anxiety Disorders Explained A look at five of the most common anxiety disorders and how they affect people who suffer from them.
- 9 Unusual Phobias That People Really Have Nine things that enough people are frightened of that experts have classified them as bonafide phobias.
- 7 Famous People with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- 5 Tips to Cope with Anxiety for an Upcoming Performance Review HealthCentral expert, Eileen Bailey writes, "It's almost the end of the year and for many people, that means the dreaded annual performance review. Many employees feel nervous thinking about what their managers might. For those with anxiety, this time is even more stressful."
- Anxiety Treatment: 5 Myths About Taking Medication
9 Ways to Stop Obsessing or Ruminating
I recently went through a personal crisis and found myself obsessing about it. Every waking minute was consumed with thoughts about the situation. I went over it and over it, all day, everyday until I thought I was losing my mind. While individuals with generalized anxiety disorder are prone to constant worry, everyone can fall prey to ruminating or obsessing when faced with a difficult situation.
- 8 Tips for Coping with Anxiety Induced Heart Palpitations Heart palpitations are a common symptom of anxiety. Palpitations are often described as an unusual awareness of the heartbeat or feeling your heart pounding or racing. While palpitations are rarely serious, if you are experiencing these, it is a good idea to get checked by your doctor as sometimes palpitations can signal arrhythmia, tachycardia, bradycardia or atrial fibrillation.
- 5 Ways to Treat Anxiety with Music Therapy Listening to music each day can help relieve anxiety and improve overall health. During stressful moments, we can feel our bodies relax, at least a little, when listening to a song we love. Music therapy uses a trained and licensed professional to create individualized programs, which can include listening to music, playing or singing music or writing music, to improve physical, psychological, cognitive and social functioning. After an initial evaluation, a music therapist works to create a program that addresses individual needs.
- 7 Self-Help Tips for Managing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder characterized by obsessions, or pervasive and upsetting thoughts, and compulsions, rituals used to help manage the obsessions. Treatment for OCD usually consists of medication, psychotherapy or both. There are also a number of self-help strategies you can use in your daily life to help manage symptoms.
- Food Phobias A phobia is an irrational and excessive fear of an object or situation according to the American Psychiatric Association. We usually associate phobias with things or situations such as the fear of flying or a fear of dogs. These types of fears, while inconvenient, are not normally life-threatening. But food phobia, called cibophobia, can severely limit everyday activities and cause health problems.
- How Stress Affects Your Body You are about to walk on stage to deliver a presentation to a full auditorium of your colleagues and superiors. Sure you are prepared, but the thought of public speaking causes you to feel weak in the knees and your stomach to fill up with butterflies. Stress is never pleasant, but it is a fact of life and has even been known to inspire creativity, problem solving skills, and competitive drive. But what about the effects of chronic stress? Mind and body work together to keep a person healthy, but if either are compromised the interaction of the two can have serious consequences. Here is how chronic stress can affect all areas of your body.
9 Tips for Managing Stress During a Transitional Phase
Life is full of transitions. Some of these are a normal part of your life, such as getting married, buying a home, a child going off to school, a teenager heading off to college or simply growing older. But sometimes life throws in forced transitions: death, divorce, losing a job, health problems, having to care for a sick or elderly relative. While all transitions can be stressful, the unplanned ones tend to cause the most stress, leaving us feeling unprepared for what is to come, frightened or vulnerable. The following are some ways you can help to manage transitions:
- 7 Ways to have a Relaxing Vacation While vacations take you away from your everyday stress, they also create their own stress. The planning, budgeting, packing and finding activities to keep everyone happy can cause you to worry about your upcoming vacation. Vacations are, by their very nature, a “change from the ordinary,” but that can also mean your internal clock is off, daily routines are interrupted and the things and places you find comforting are suddenly not there. But vacations don’t need to be stressful and can give you much needed time away from work and daily life. A successful vacation can leave you feeling invigorating and ready to face new challenges. If your anxiety or stress frequently puts a crimp into your vacation, the following tips can help:
- 5 Tips for Coping with Anxiety When Going Back to School as an Adult Today, more and more adults are returning to college, whether to finally start their education, finish up a degree program or furthering their education with a masters or doctorate degree. But, as with children with anxiety, going back to school can be scary. You may worry that you won’t fit in, wonder how you are going to finance your education, fear that you can’t keep up with the workload or be concerned about taking tests. Whether you are quitting your job and going back full-time or returning part-time, your anxieties can be overwhelming. The following are 5 tips to help adult learners succeed at college:
- Five Diseases That Can Stem From Your Childhood A series of recent studies supports the belief that what happens to you as a child may stay with you for the long haul. From poor diet to more traumatic emotional experiences termed “adverse childhood events,” all may have an effect on people developing certain illnesses and chronic conditions as an adult. The following top the list.
- 11 College Accommodations for Students with Anxiety Disorders Anxiety disorders are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and may make you eligible for accommodations to help compensate for symptoms of anxiety. Your first step is to visit the disability service office of your college. Each school has different requirements for documentation. Make sure you understand what information you need and provide the school with all paperwork. You will also need to request specific accommodations and explain why these accommodations are necessary. The following are some examples of accommodations which have been found helpful for students with anxiety:
- 7 Health Tips for Introverts If you're the quiet, thoughtful type, chances are you're an introvert. And while the world places high value on being gregarious and outgoing, the inner world of an introvert can be a place of profound creativity and deep sensitivity. But introverts have unique challenges when it comes to their health. Read on for tips on achieving balance.
- 8 Tips for Managing Homework Anxiety It is not a word any child wants to hear, “homework.” After being in school all day, the prospect of spending time at home doing more work brings dread to many. But for some children, especially those with an anxiety disorder, the thought of doing homework brings fear. Dr. Marcia Slattery, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the University of Wisconsin states, “There’s an inherent quality to homework that evokes a certain amount of stress, and that can be good, because it pushes us to learn. But for some children, the anxiety is so pronounced it basically freezes them.” Here are some ways parents can help to reduce stress and relieve some of the anxiety associated with homework time.
- 10 Tips for Managing Math Anxiety Math anxiety – an intense fear of your ability to do or understand math – can impact your ability to learn math, even though it is not an intellectual problem. Students with math anxiety may worry at just the thought of having to take a math test, be sure they are not “math-minded” and won’t understand the work or panic and forget everything they learned when it comes to taking a test. The following tips may help you learn to control your math anxiety:
- What to Say When Someone is Having an Anxiety Attack Suppose a friend or family member suffers from anxiety. You want to be supportive, you have learned how anxiety impacts their life, but you still don’t know what to say or do when an anxiety attack strikes. Here are some suggestions on what you can say to help. Remember, understanding and listening, without judgment, is the first step to helping someone through an anxiety or panic attack.
10 Questions About Anxiety
Here are questions HealthCentral visitors have asked about anxiety and my responses.
11 Tips to Boost Productivity
So you think you’re good at multitasking? Well, according to new research only 2 percent of people can multitask effectively. The remaining 98 percent could use some serious time management skills. Here are some ways to boost your productivity.
- What We Learned This Week: October 12th, 2012 Check out HealthCentral's picks of five interesting, thrilling, frightening and amusing health stories we found this week.
7 Tips for Beating the Mommy Blues
Feeling down, anxious, fatigued, irritable, or extra clingy with your child? These could be signs of separation anxiety; A.K.A. “the mommy blues”. As work hours feel longer as the days get shorter, feelings of emptiness, sadness, and a longing to be home with your child can become overwhelming. New reports, however, suggest that stay-at-home moms may be more vulnerable to depression because of the isolation factor that working mom’s don’t experience. Here are some tips to help overcome both stay-at-home and working ‘mommy blues.’
7 Things Anxiety Sufferers Would Like their Family and Friends to Know
Many people with anxiety suffer in silence. They worry that friends and relatives will not understand, will judge or ridicule them. Instead of trying to explain, they shy away, withdrawl or avoid situations where they don’t feel support and understanding.
The following are 7 things anxiety sufferers would like their family and friends to know:
8 Tips for Managing an Eating Disorder During the Holidays
Many of our holiday traditions center around food. We begin the season with a Thanksgiving feast and continue throughout the holidays; parties often have elaborate food tables with more food than the guests could possibly consume. And while our focus this time of year is on family and connecting with those we love, we often do it surrounded by food. Many people worry about overeating during this time of year, but for those with eating disorders, the holidays can be especially difficult. While most with eating disorders want to socialize with friends and family during the holidays, their anxieties and preoccupation with food can prevent them from doing so.
16 Ways to Stop Stressing Out
Feeling tense? Maybe work, finances, relationships, the holidays, or simply your daily routine have you feeling overwhelmed. Extreme stress can make you feel like there is nothing you can do – never-ending bills, looming deadlines, etc.- but believe it or not, you have the power to get back on track to a low-stress life. Here are some strategies to stop stressing out once and for all.
20 Ways to Deal with Holiday Anxiety
The holidays are a stressful time for many different reasons. Some people with anxiety have a difficult time with the many activities going on, some may be experiencing financial difficulties, sleep may suffer and the expectations of our holiday season may not measure up to the reality in our lives. Whatever the reason, often those with anxiety feel symptoms increase and become out of control during the holiday season. When anxiety increases during this time of year, people sometimes ignore discussing it with their doctor or seeking help. They may feel it is normal to feel anxious and therefore feel they must somehow live through it or they may feel there really isn’t any help available.
10 Tips to Becoming More Resilient
Research has shown that those who are considered resilient, able to adapt and adjust to difficult situations, experience less anxiety. Resiliency isn’t necessarily inherent, skills to be more resilient can be learned. The following are tips to help you become more resilient:
- Work-Related Stress: Causes, Signs, and Symptoms
7 Tips to Avoid New Years Resolution Anxiety
Resolutions don’t need to be major changes. Although it is good to look forward to the future with optimism and hope, we don’t have to succumb to the pressure of changing overnight or letting go of every negative thought. We don’t have to feel like failures when we don’t follow through. The following tips may help you to find ways to make changes in the upcoming year:
10 Ways to Balance Work and Life
Make a resolution this year to not let work consume your life. While work dedication is an essential ingredient to accomplishment, such dedication can also lead to burnout, anxiety, and even depression. Here are 10 ways to reclaim your life and achieve success in both areas.
7 Ways Your Body Says 'You're Stressed'
When we feel threatened our bodies react by releasing stress hormones. Adrenaline and cortisol flood the body in order to get the heart going and boost energy levels. Once the crisis has passed we start to recover. The problem we have today is the fact that this fairly primitive mechanism is no match for the long-term stresses we endure as a result of modern life. Cortisol has the effect of closing down the body's natural repair systems in order to deal with the immediate problem. When released, it suppresses our ability to rest and dampens the immune system in favor of supplying energy. This can have long term implications for the body which include:
5 Giveaways That You're Lying
Studies have shown that the average person tells two to six lies every day. And the numbers may be on the rise due to the less confrontational nature of e-mail and texting. But beware. While lying, some people may unintentionally give themselves away. Here are tip-offs that someone isn’t being straight with you.
7 Ways Parenting Styles Affect Child Anxiety
The idea that there is a right or wrong way to bring up children is challenged by findings that reveal how certain parenting styles work better than others. Parenting needs to be tailored to children’s personalities say psychologists and psychiatrists. The right parenting style can lead to half as many anxiety and depression symptoms in school-aged children whereas mismatches lead to twice as many.
10 Ways to Help Your Child Manage Their Anxiety
Children with an anxiety disorder may worry endlessly or be filled with such dread that they feel sick or begin to avoid situations. When symptoms of anxiety interfere with a child’s ability to function throughout the day, it is probably time to seek help from a medical professional. Here are things a parent can do to help their child learn to manage their anxiety:
5 Stress Busters to Avoid
We cope with stress in many different ways and while some methods may appear to give relief they are simply stacking up more problems. Here’s my shortlist of some of the worst stress busters around and the reasons why:
10 Reasons to Consider Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a psychological treatment. It is used to help people whose behavior is affected by their beliefs, assumptions and the meanings they attach to events that cause upset.
- Frequently Asked Questions About Social Anxiety Disorder
12 Ways to Be a Better Communicator
What is it about communicating with other people that can be so stressful? For those with social anxiety disorder, basic interpersonal communication is enough to induce an anxiety attack. But, even for those without an anxiety disorder, communication is an acquired skill. Learning to be an effective communicator, however, is a valuable tool both personally and professionally. Here are some ways to enhance your communication skills.
12 Foods that Fight Stress
It’s no surprise that when you eat well, you feel well. While eating a healthy and well-balanced diet is essential, your diet can also be modified to help target physical and emotional states. Here’s a look at foods that can help you fight stress.
9 Tips For Managing Performance Anxiety
Many of us get nervous when having to talk in front of a group, take an important test, perform on stage or participate in athletic events. For some, though, performance anxiety can stop them from participating in activities they enjoy or getting a job they want or getting a promotion. Self-esteem and confidence can suffer. The following are some tips to help manage performance anxiety
Five Meditation Tips for Moms
For most moms, being able to take five minutes for themselves can feel like a big accomplishment. Your days don’t have many opportunities to relax, but there are ways to fit in a meditation practice.
10 Meditation Apps to Help You De-Stress
Research continues to emerge linking mindfulness meditation to improved mental and physical health. Luckily, smartphone technology is making it much easier to meditate while on the go. If you’d like to incorporate meditation into your busy routine, try unwinding with portable serenity brought to you through a mobile app.
- Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ): PTSD in Veterans
6 Signs That Your Cortisol Levels May Be Too High
Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced in the adrenal glands in response to stress -- it's our primary stress hormone and is responsible for activating the body's "fight or flight" response in stressful situations. When your body is under chronic stress, your cortisol levels remain high and you can be more susceptible to disease. Here are six signs that your levels may be elevated.
7 Ways Acupuncture Can Improve Health
Acupuncture began as a traditional Chinese technique involving the balance and flow of energy or life through the pathways of the body. But today many Western practitioners believe that acupuncture stimulates nerves, tissue, and muscles to boost blood flow and natural painkillers. And medical acupuncture, involving the insertion of very thin needles through the skin at strategic points on the body, is increasingly being considered as an effective treatment for a range of medical conditions.