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Don't Let Stress Spoil Your Fun This Holiday Season


 
 

 

Fall offers a host of fun festivities


For people prone to anxiety, the holiday season may be stressful as well as exciting. While some people find Halloween thrilling, others may find it overstimulating. The subjective feelings of stress may interfere with the ability to be mentally present so as enjoy the socializing, fine food and festivities.

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Turning Panic Disorder on Its Head

 


If you have ever suffered from panic attacks then you know how terrifying they can be. Your first panic attack came out of nowhere-you suddenly found yourself shaking, trembling with fear, short of breath, feeling like you are going to collapse and then you thought that the end was coming. In my last blog on panic disorder-- Do You Have Panic Disorder?-- I described the process of developing panic disorder and agoraphobia. In this blog I will describe the steps to reversing this process so that you can live your life free from the fear of panic attacks.

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Freeing Yourself from Depression, Anxiety, Stress and Exhaustion

"There is an alternative to the struggle that pervades much of our lives"
Published on September 2, 2011 by Danny Penman, Ph.D. in Mindfulness in a Frantic World
Can you remember the last time you lay in bed wrestling with your thoughts? You desperately wanted your mind to become calm, to just be quiet, so that you could get some sleep. But whatever you tried seemed to fail. Every time you forced yourself not to think, your thoughts exploded into life with renewed force. You told yourself not to worry, but suddenly discovered countless new things to worry about. As the night ground ever onwards, your strength progressively drained away, leaving you feeling fragile and broken. By the time the alarm went off, you were exhausted, bad tempered and thoroughly miserable.

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Life is a PTSD Event






There's a lot of talk these days about post-traumatic stress (PTSD) - veterans returning from war who can't sleep because of nightmares, who feel vulnerable and on-edge just walking into a crowded McDonald's. Or people who have been in terrible car accidents that make them now shiver while waiting at a red light, or trigger them into road rage when a car suddenly weaves in their direction.

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By Melanie A. Greenberg, Ph.D.

Calming the mind

We all know the uncomfortable feeling of anxiety. Our hearts race, our fingers sweat, and our breathing gets shallow and labored. We experience racing thoughts about a perceived threat that we think is too much to handle. That's because our "fight or flight" response has kicked in, resulting in sympathetic arousal and a narrowing of attention and focus on avoiding the threat.

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Depression and anxiety have very different influences on how we perceive physical symptoms. Christie Nicholson reports



Past studies have shown that something called "negative affect" (which is an overall smorgasbord of anger, sadness, fear, irritation, etc.) causes us to inflate the number of physical symptoms we feel. But recent research from the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology has found that individual emotions—like depression and anxiety—have very different influences on our perceived physical symptoms.

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