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Anxiety in Romantic Relationships — It’s Complicated

Anxiety in romantic relationships, for better or for worse, complicates love. I’ve had a variety of significant others. Some partners were supportive of my mental conditions, while others were not sympathetic to any significant degree. Show More Summary

Is It Anxiety or a Medical Condition?

Is it anxiety or a medical condition? It can be hard to tell because anxiety can feel miserable throughout the entire body, and symptoms can be frightening enough to cause people to wonder if they have anxiety or a medical condition....Show More Summary

Calm Anxious Negative Thoughts in Seconds

Anxious negative thoughts play a huge role in the worries, fears, and what-ifs of all types of anxiety. In turn, the worries, fears, and what-ifs fuel anxious negative thoughts. The relationship between our thoughts and our anxiety is complex, enmeshed, and downright unhealthy for us. Show More Summary

Change Your Anxious Thoughts

Anxious thoughts play a huge role in the worries, fears, and what-ifs of all types of anxiety. In turn, the worries, fears, and what-ifs fuel anxious thoughts. The relationship between our thoughts and our anxiety is complex, enmeshed, and downright unhealthy for us. That said, you are neither a victim nor a prisoner of your … Continue reading "Change Your Anxious Thoughts"

Hobbies as Self-Help Tools for Battling Anxiety

Hobbies can be great tools to fight anxiety and I use them as self-help in my daily struggles. A friend recently asked me what alleviates my anxiety. I quickly quipped that I’m always anxious, and then I realized that isn’t exactly true. Show More Summary

Stressed out? Try smelling your partner's shirt

The scent of a romantic partner can help lower stress levels, new psychology research have found. Women feel calmer after being exposed to their male partner's scent, but being exposed to a stranger's scent had the opposite effect and raised levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.

18 Ways to Reduce Anxiety in 2018

2018 is your year to reduce anxiety. Most likely, you’ve been working on doing so already, which means you have a head start. You may have already experienced successes, and you can build on their momentum this year. You might also have...Show More Summary

How to Decrease Anxiety by Increasing Your Uncertainty Tolerance

Facing uncertainty—not knowing what is going to happen in your life on both big and small scales—can cause or increase anxiety. Being really uncomfortable with uncertainty, officially called uncertainty intolerance (and sometimes referred to as fear of the unknown), is common in people living with anxiety. Show More Summary

OCD Makes You Your Own Worst Critic

Self-deprecation is my specialty because, with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), I am my own worst critic. “Don’t be so hard on yourself” is a phrase I hear from someone else every other day. And yes, I am hard on myself, but I feel I am not as hard on myself as I should be. I had … Continue reading "OCD Makes You Your Own Worst Critic"

Is Uncertainty Causing Your Anxiety and Worry?

  Do you hate uncertainty? Does not knowing cause you anxiety and stress? If not knowing what might happen, officially called uncertainty intolerance, makes you worry so much that it’s interfering in your life, know that you’re not alone. Show More Summary

Health Insurance Anxiety–Minding the Gap

My anxiety over health insurance since my divorce 15 months ago is increasing daily. While married, I was covered as a dependent under Tricare, the military’s insurance. When I moved to Idaho and eventually divorced, I found myself in...Show More Summary

Abuse and adversity in childhood linked to more cardiovascular risk in adulthood

Children and teens who experience abuse, bullying, neglect or witness violence and other forms of adversity are more likely to develop heart and blood vessel diseases as adults. Unhealthy responses to stress (such as overeating), mental health problems and disruptions in basic biologic processes may underlie the increased risk.

Reduce Anxiety by Focusing Your Thoughts

  A powerful way to reduce anxiety is by taking charge of your own thoughts. We can do this by focusing our thoughts. A frustrating thing about anxiety is that it seems to take over. It invades our thoughts and runs wild with them. All types of anxiety involve racing thoughts, and racing thoughts are … Continue reading "Reduce Anxiety by Focusing Your Thoughts"

My So-Called Life With Social Anxiety Disorder

My life with social anxiety disorder (SAD) isn’t much of a life. When faced with strangers, I avoid physical proximity, eye contact, and small talk. Though normally well-spoken, the attention of others causes me to stumble over my words. Show More Summary

Two Main Causes of Anxiety That You Can Do Something About

Sometimes, knowing the main causes of anxiety isn’t necessary. Sometimes, it’s not even desirable because working to uncover the causes of your anxiety could do more harm than good. There are times, however, that knowing the main cause of your anxiety can be very helpful because it gives you something tangible to address. Show More Summary

Patients with post-traumatic stress disorder respond differently to certain sounds, research finds

A new neurobiological marker have have just been found to help recognize patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Stop the Anxious Running Commentary in Your Head

Anxiety jabbers incessantly, creating maddening and anxious running commentary in our heads. To make it worse, anxiety acts as a translator and interprets what we hear and see, twisting things into its own warped ideas. With anxiety translating messages we receive, we often misinterpret the world around us. Show More Summary

Mothers of teens with autism report higher levels of stress, but optimism can be a buffer

Researchers found that mothers of teenagers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or intellectual disability (ID) reported higher levels of stress and other negative psychological symptoms -- think depression or anxiety -- than mothers of teenagers with typical development (TD). Show More Summary

My Life Is Chaos but I Must Cope with Anxiety Anyway

My life is chaos and that makes coping with anxiety difficult. In this house, there is always something going on, whether it’s family drama, the dogs barking at everything, or something essential changing. At present, there is no clear path to my desk because my aunt recently moved in. Show More Summary

Play a Gratitude Game to Reduce Anxiety

Mental health experts agree: feeling and expressing gratitude reduces anxiety. However, when you live with anxiety, it hardly seems possible that gratitude can lower anxiety. For one thing, it can be challenging to find things for which to feel grateful when you’re living in the grips of anxiety. Show More Summary

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