Archive | Help for Anxiety

What Chronic Worry Is and Its Treatment

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) involves excessive anxiety and worry associated with a number of physical symptoms. We emphasize worry, because people who do not report worry as being a major problem do not fulfill the criteria for GAD. Most people who worry chronically are very distressed by it. They feel keyed up, have physical symptoms […]

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Help for OCDers Online

Having recently worked with several creative and dynamic people living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), I was lucky enough to glean some ideas from them about how utilizing online resources has helped them to ease the mental and emotional burdens of OCD. Here are some of the key ideas and recommendations that they offered. People […]

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Reflections on the New Agoraphobia Diagnosis

What constitutes a “mental disorder” and what doesn’t, is officially determined by an official clinical manual called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, or the DSM. Mental health clinicians have been using the DSM-IV since around 2000. But now, at long last, the next addition of the DSM is set to be published in 2013. Of […]

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Anxiety about Retirement: A New Perspective

A new poll conducted in October by the Associated Press and LifeGoesStrong.com found that 73% of Baby Boomers now plan to work past retirement, and 53% said they don’t feel comfortable that they’ll ever be able to afford a comfortable retirement. These are big numbers, and speak to a substantial increase in anxiety for Americans […]

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Anxiety Disorders on the Rise

The Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) estimates that anxiety rates have continued to rise steadily over the decades. Today, the ADAA estimates that more than 40 million people suffer from anxiety disorders in this country, based on prescription drug sales. And younger generations seem to be most affected. But if anxiety disorders really are […]

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Relapses: When Panic comes back

Many people who experience repeated panic attacks will go through periods–usually months but sometimes years long–during which they are panic attack free. The dread of leaving the house or being in crowded places dissipates almost completely. They can go anywhere and it feels wonderfully like the Panic Disorder is gone for good. This could happen […]

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Enabling through Accomodating

One of the Common Anxiety Myths listed on the Anxiety Disorders Association of America’s (ADAA’s) informative website is that “A never-ending supply of compassionate reassurance from family and friends and assistance in avoiding stress are good for someone with anxiety problems.” The writers go on to explain that friends and loved ones usually feel compelled […]

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The Need to Face your Fears

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” 
-Eleanor Roosevelt It […]

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