Panic attacks are sudden, unreasonable feelings of fear and anxiety that cause physical symptoms like a racing heart, fast breathing, and sweating. Some people become so fearful of these attacks that they develop panic disorder, a type of anxiety disorder. Therapy and anti-anxiety medications can stop panic attacks.
When I was braving a crippling, seemingly never-ending tsunami of anxiety, I could not believe I would ever get better. It was my junior year of high school — a period of my life that feels like an eternity away and yet was very recent — when students were gearing up for university and scholarship applications. I was a conscientious student with promising plans on the horizon: to attend my dream school and become a teacher. I maintained a 4.0 GPA through hours of studying and writing assignments, surrounding myself with a wonderful group of friends who encouraged both my personal and academic pursuits.
Anxiety is a little menacing demon that we’ve all experienced lately as we exist in unprecedented times and chaos. When Covid-19 made its debut, it sent the entire world into a panic. Crippling fear of the unknown, sweaty palms, fatigue and trembling are all symptoms of the stress-related disease that...
It is essential to understand that mental health disorders are not something to be ashamed of. Instead, when you have a mental disorder, your brain isn't working the way it should, which can cause problems in daily life. Mental Health Awareness Month is coming up soon, so we wanted to share some information with you on seven different mental health disorders and how they might affect someone's day-to-day life.
Health anxiety is reinforced by a complicated cognitive and behavioral process. Dysfunctional beliefs about health and illness play a key role in interpreting symptoms and bodily sensations. Body vigilance makes it more likely for someone to notice symptoms and bodily sensations. Health anxiety is the worst. At times, there can...
A new research review from King’s College London, UK, is the first to identify a pattern in the gut microbiome across the psychological conditions depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis/schizophrenia and anxiety. In recent years, researchers have uncovered various ways the microbiota interacts with the brain through the so-called gut-brain axis and...
AR app can now help you overcome your fear of spiders. In case you have a fear of spiders and all kinds of arachnids, this new app can help you face and eventually defeat it. As Unilad reveals, researchers from the University of Basel developed a new application called Phobys. Using Augmented Reality, the app helps people with arachnophobia to virtually encounter their fear from the safety of their smartphones.
The Factors of Emotional/Affective Risks, or FEAR, Lab employs student researchers and volunteers to study anxiety and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health. Located in Porter Hall, the lab is working to research “emotional distress disorders as well as related conditions,” Nicholas Allan, director of the FEAR Lab and assistant professor of clinical psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, said.
Perinatal Planning Guide: Mitigating Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Women are at high risk for and more vulnerable to perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. While access to specialized perinatal mental health services is limited, clinicians with whom women have ongoing relationships are in a unique position to counsel about prevention of PMADs. These clinicians include primary care, obstetric, and general mental health clinicians. By providing a woman with practical guidance and psychoeducation for perinatal planning (eg, about sleep, exercise, nutrition, and the importance of social supports), clinicians can mitigate a woman’s risk of PMADs. This practical guidance must be modified to fit the social context of the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance can prevent or attenuate unnecessary suffering on the part of the mother and have a long-lasting impact on her child. This review provides a perinatal planning guide that outlines important topics to discuss and problem solve with women in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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HealthDay News — Three surrogate measures of insulin resistance are associated with an increased risk for incident major depressive disorder, according to a study published online September 23 in The American Journal of Psychiatry. Kathleen T. Watson, PhD, from the Stanford University School of Medicine in California, and colleagues examined...
Did you know that according to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America, 40 million adults in the U.S. are affected by anxiety disorders per year? That's basically the entire population of California, which makes up nearly 20 percent of our country's population. But what exactly is anxiety? When anxiety...
Feeling like the room is spinning is unpleasant at best and debilitating at worst. For people who struggle with vertigo, it can literally turn their entire worlds upside down. While the causes vary, there may be one sneaky suspect that can spur the topsy-turvey feeling that so many of us have experienced.
Anxiety disorders are considered to be the most common mental health concern in the U.S. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 40 million adults in the United States 18 and over suffer from an anxiety disorder, while 7% of children aged 3-17 experience issues with anxiety each year. Even if you are not necessarily suffering from an anxiety disorder, it is quite normal to still have feelings of anxiousness from everyday stressors.
It is important to understand the thoughts and expectations that undergird anxiety in order to develop a game plan for fighting back. To push back against anxiety effectively, one needs to take some calculated risks and ignore catastrophic thoughts. Ultimately, people need experiences that powerfully demonstrate that their fears are...
Exercise is commonly touted as a good way to improve symptoms of depression. Researchers wanted to know more about whether exercise could help people reduce their risk of developing anxiety disorders, and while estimates vary widely, anxiety may affect as much as five to ten percent of the world's population at any given time.
The pandemic has been troublesome for all of us; many of us have gone through anxiety and grief during this difficult time. Mental health is vitally important and during these times we may all need a little help to get us through the day. Unfortunately, recent figures from Worldpopulationreview.com has found that people from Utah are struggling a little more than others.