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10 Top Myths About Anxiety

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Jeremy Perkins

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Abigail Keenan

MYTH: Feeling Nervous or Shy Means You Have an Anxiety Disorder.


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Cassiano Pomsas

MYTH: You’re a Freak for Having So Many Anxious Thoughts and Feelings.


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Thomas Vimare

MYTH: Drinking Coffee Kicks Anxiety and Panic Into Overdrive.


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MYTH: All This Stress is Killing You.


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MYTH: Alcohol is a Perfectly Acceptable Remedy for Anxiety.


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MYTH: You Can Cure Anxiety With Rigorous Exercise, Natural Herbs, Mindfulness, and Relaxing Self-care Rituals.


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MYTH: You Don’t Need Treatment. Eventually, It’ll Pass.


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MYTH: Taking Deep Breaths Will Fix Your Anxiety.


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MYTH: You’re Having Heart Attack.


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MYTH: Taking Medication is a Sign of Weakness.


Eddie McNamara

Eddie McNamara

Eddie McNamara is a 9/11 first-responder and former cop turned vegetarian chef and author. He's been living with panic disorder and PTSD for 17 years, and he'll be sharing his experiences, thoughts, and seriously hard-won advice every month. Check out all his columns for "Panic in the Streets."