People who suffer with anxiety often have a way of looking heavy and burdened. It's not surprising, as they often feel vulnerable, exposed or threatened. The consequence of this is that posture can suffer. Typically the person who is stressed or anxious curls inwards. It's a subconscious mechanism where we try to protect ourselves. Physically it reveals itself in curved backs and slumped shoulders but the consequences of poor posture are far reaching, for both body and mood.
Sitting, standing and walking correctly can take a little practice if you aren't used to it. It can be helpful to check the mirror to see how you stand normally, or even better, get someone who knows about improving your posture (a physiotherapist, yoga instructor, physical trainer) to offer you some feedback. Is it worth all the effort? Yes, is the short answer and here are some of the reasons why.
In people who are anxious, or prone to panic, their breathing is often quite shallow and often a littl...
The recent report that Prozac may slow the development of brain lesions is the sort of news that maybe shouldn't be reported at all. It's so preliminary that it's of value almost exclusively to researchers. It appears to invite people with MS to consider taking Prozac to slow the disease. It shouldn't.
Three things you need to know:
1. The Dutch study was very small: 19 people with MS taking Prozac, 19 taking a placebo. Researchers used MRIs every four weeks to monitor development of brain inflammation. At eight weeks fewer new lesions appeared in patients taking Prozac; the difference was sustained for 24 weeks.
2. There was no difference in symptoms or exacerbations related to the two treatments during the tests. But side effects did show themselves: People taking Prozac had more drowsiness and nausea than those who took the placebo.
3. The bottom line here is that there is enough evidence to justify moving ahead with further studies of Prozac (and simila...
Alternative Names GAD; Anxiety disorder Treatment The goal of treatment is to help you function well during day-to-day life. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and medications are the mainstays of treatment. Medications are an important part of treatment. Once you start them, do not suddenly stop without talking with your health care provider. Medications that may be used include: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are usually the first choice in medications. Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are another choice. Other antidepressants and some antiseizure drugs may be used for severe cases. Benzodiazepines such as alprazolam (Xanax), clonazepam (Klonopin), and lorazepam (Ativan) may be used if antidepressants don't help enough with symptoms. Long-term dependence on these drugs is a concern. Short-term memory problems may also develop with long-term use. A medication called buspirone may also be used. Cognitive-behavioral therapies should be used together with dr...
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