Jerilyn Ross

Patient Expert

Jerilyn was an American psychotherapist, phobia expert, and mental health activist. She wrote for HealthCentral as a health professional for Anxiety Disorders.

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How to Control Your Anxiety, Worry, and Stress

May is Mental Health Month, a good time to pay special attention to our mental health and well-being, especially during stressful economic times. But we all know that anxiety and stress can take hold year-round, regardless of the economy’s ups and do...

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Taking Steps to Overcome Social Anxiety

People often mistake social anxiety disorder for shyness. But the 15 million adults suffering from the disorder know how debilitating it can be, how it interferes with their daily lives and that it needs to be treated. The intense fear of being judge...

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Anxiety and Your Health: IBS and IBD

A stomachache is a common physical symptom of stress and anxiety. Millions of people suffer from gastrointestinal problems, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Though they sound similar, these two disorders ...

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Treating Anxiety Disorders with Medications

I consulted Justine Kent, MD, for the latest information about treating anxiety disorders with medications. Dr. Kent isan Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons. Read on to learn what s...

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Low-Cost Treatments For Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are treatable, yet only one-third of those diagnosed receive treatment. Often the costs of therapy or prescription drugs deter people from getting the help they need. Read on to find out about getting assistance to pay for treatment...

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Help For College Students With Anxiety Disorders

College campuses have filled up across the country, and most students are excited about starting a new school year. But one in eight will experience unrelenting anxiety, terrifying panic attacks, or irrational life-altering repetitive routines. These ...

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Facing Down Panic Attacks

You’re walking down the street, driving along the highway, or enjoying a movie when suddenly, for no apparent reason, you feel lightheaded, your heart is pounding, and you feel as if you’re losing your mind or going to die. If you have had that exper...

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Managing School Anxiety

As summer comes to a close, many children are likely to experience a case of the jitters about the upcoming school year. Nervousness and anxiety are normal, and most children find something to look forward to about starting school. But some experienc...

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Stress, Anxiety, and Your Sleep

Summertime is the season to relax, recharge, and unwind. But that may not be as easy as it sounds. Seven out of ten adults in the United States say they experience stress or anxiety daily and most say it interferes at least moderately with their live...

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: What You Need to Know

“A thought connected to OCD is probably more prevalent in my life than any other thought in the course of a day.” Howie Mandel, actor and television show host Along with more than two million other Americans, Howie Mandel has obsessive-compulsive dis...