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The Six Best Ways to Decrease Your Anxiety

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, […]

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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 […]

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  Psychiatric Times. APA CONFERENCE  By Arline Kaplan | May 24, 2011 Patients with anxiety disorders who self-medicate with alcohol(Drug information on alcohol) or drugs may be increasing their risk for developing incident substance use disorders, according to a study presented at the American Psychiatric Association’s recent annual meeting. Jennifer Robinson, who is working on […]

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Divorce, layoffs, threat of terrorism — there’s plenty of anxiety around for everyone these days. And very often, the source is something we can’t change. How do you know when it’s time to get help dealing with your anxieties? To better understand the underpinnings of anxiety — and how to better cope — WebMD turned […]

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Street criminals are selective about their victims. Unfortunately, many of us unwittingly give off signals that mark us as easy targets.   Midnight in New Orleans. Lisa Z. was walking home from the French Quarter hotel where she works when three men stepped around a corner and stopped in front of her. When she tried […]

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  By Peter Strong, Ph.D. Created Jan 31 2011 – 1:07pm Panic disorder affects between 3 and 6 million Americans, and is twice as common in women. We all experience panic at some time in our lives, but those suffering from panic disorder experience panic attacks on a daily basis, and this form of anxiety […]

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    It can come out of nowhere. You’re shopping for groceries or buckling your seat belt when suddenly your muscles contract and your heart begins to pound. Panic attacks can be both bewildering and terrifying, but they’re not unusual. An estimated 2.4 million people experience one every year. It may begin as tightness in […]

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 Students can combat test anxiety and improve performance by writing about their worries immediately before the exam begins, according to a University of Chicago study published Friday in the journal Science. Researchers found that students who were prone to test anxiety improved their high-stakes test scores by nearly one grade point after they were given […]

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There are many types of anxiety disorders that include panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder. Anxiety is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences at times. Many people feel anxious, or nervous, when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, […]

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  Why we worry, fuss, and fret far more than we need to. One in four of us will suffer from an anxiety disorder in our lifetime. And the rest of us will worry, fuss, and fret far more than we need to. Now, in this excerpt from his book, Worry, the psychiatrist who helped […]

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