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Anxiety

Updated: 06/08/2017


   Somethings in life just
  have to be accepted.
 
  Anxiety is not always
  one of them.  If you
  are concerned, talk with
  a
 medical professional
  for their 
opinion.                                                                                                                     


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   If you feel overwhelmed with anxiety symptoms consults a professional before you
  invest in the many products and services available on the market that make major
  claims but fall short on proving their product and described relief for those afflicted
  by this serious mental illness.  Professional help can help family members and you.

  There are many sources listed below due to the serious nature of having Anxiety.
  If you "fit the profile", get help.  If you are uncertain, "talk with a professional".
  If you can't find help, talk to a Moderator ... there are resources that may be ava


        What Are Anxiety Disorders?  |  WebMD (includes audio file)
          Everyone feels anxious now and then. It’s a normal emotion. Many people feel
          nervous when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an
          important decision. 
Anxiety disorders are different, though. They can cause such
          distress that it interferes with your ability to lead a normal life.  
This type of
          disorder is a serious mental illness.
For people who have one, worry and fear are
          constant and overwhelming, and can be disabling. But with treatment, many people
          can manage those feelings and get back to a fulfilling life.

4 Strategies to Lower Anxiety in any Situation  |  Forbes, Megan Bruneau                           08/31/2016
Whether it's in response to an upcoming presentation, interview, round of layoffs,
new position, or networking meeting, anxiety is an emotion we encounter
repeatedly throughout our careers (and...lives). It's not a comfortable experience,
and it's not meant to be. Anxiety is an evolutionarily adaptive emotion that keeps
us safe–for example, when you're walking alone at night through a sketchy area
(quit doing that)–and prepares us for coping with anticipated stressors–for example,
when you're approaching a deadline and still have a crap-load to do.


4 Tools for Lowering Anxiety in Any Situation  |  Forbes, Megan Bruneau                           08/31/2016
Whether it's in response to an upcoming presentation, interview, round of layoffs, new
position, or networking meeting, anxiety is an emotion we encounter repeatedly
throughout our careers (and...lives). It's not a comfortable experience, and it's not
meant to be. Anxiety is an evolutionarily adaptive emotion that keeps us safe–for
example, when you're walking alone at night through a sketchy area (quit doing
that)–and prepares us for coping with anticipated stressors–for example, when you're
approaching a deadline and still have a crap-load to do

6 Steps: How to Overcome Anxiety  |  IQDoodle.com, Adam Sicinski
Do you get anxious when facing the unknown? Do you struggle to keep your emotions
in-check? We all experience anxiety from time-to-time. It’s something that many of us
just accept and live with. But it doesn’t need to be this way. We can all learn how to
overcome anxiety using six simple steps. These six steps will show you how to deal
with anxiety and how to control anxiety far more effectively. Use these steps to take
charge of those anxious moments that hold you back from being yourself.

12 Signs You May Have an Anxiety Disorder  |  Health.com
What's normal?
Everyone gets nervous or anxious from time to time—when speaking in public, for
instance, or when going through financial difficulty. For some people, however, anxiety
becomes so frequent, or so forceful, that it begins to take over their lives.
How can you tell if your everyday anxiety has crossed the line into a disorder? It's not
easy. Anxiety comes in many different forms—such as panic attacks, phobia, and social
anxiety—and the distinction between an official diagnosis and "normal" anxiety isn't
always clear.
Here's a start: If you experience any of the following symptoms on a regular basis,
                      you may want to talk with your doctor.

Aging May Actually Ease Your General Anxiety Disorder  |  Carol S. Lee, M.A.
At some point in your life, you may have heard from some well-meaning, older individual,
that as you grow older, you come to "know yourself." And that in "knowing yourself," you
find peace and some level of decreased anxiety. While the jury's still out on this, a new study
by Kelly and Mezuk (2017) indicates that in the case of adults with Major Depressive
Disorder (MDD; characterized by a low or depressed mood for 2 or more weeks) and
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD; characterized by persistent, excessive, and unrealistic
worry about everyday things for at least 6 months), symptom remission may, in fact, be
associated with age.

Anxiety Attacks Plague Singer Adel On Stage  |  Sigal Sharf
Many actors, musicians and athletes have struggled with performance anxiety or fear of
public speaking triggered by pressure to excel in front of large groups of people. Some
experience it without any previous history, while others may be chronically afflicted.
Despite being at the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart, singer Adele has revealed that
she suffers from severe anxiety attacks that limit her ability to perform in large arenas.
While posing for the cover of Q Magazine, the 23-year-old British singing sensation,
whose soulful ballad, “Rolling in the Deep" became a top hit in several countries, stated
that she often suffers from extreme anxiety attacks when performing for large audiences.
She explained that she will not be participating in any large music festivals as a result of
her anxiety.

Anxiety Caused By Miscarriage Or Pregnancy Loss  |  Katherine J Gold, M.D., M.S.W., M.S
While most pregnancies result in the birth of a healthy baby, up to 15% of births result
in a miscarriage, and another 1-2% of women have a late pregnancy loss before delivery
(stillbirth) or an early infant death in the first month after birth. While we know these
losses can be devastating for families, there have not been many formal studies examining
whether women with stillbirth or early infant death are at high risk for clinical mental health
disorders, particularly anxiety disorders. Mental health problems like anxiety can have
serious health effects on these women, and these disorders are often not properly
recognized, diagnosed, or treated.


Anxiety Disorders: Social Media Edition  |  Anxiety.org
When we experience or someone we care about is experiencing GAD, or
generalized anxiety disorder, chronic and uncontrollable worry can take over. Worries
range about a variety of topics, from big concerns like family and personal health and
finances to the more minor matters of being on time for appointments or keeping things
clean and organized.

People diagnosed with GAD may also experience fatigue, muscle tension, irritability,
difficulty sleeping, and other physical health problems. GAD often has a chronic course
and it affects between 4 and 7 percent of the United States adult population. And it is
associated with a higher risk of developing depression, social anxiety, and other mental
health problems.

Are Americans Growing Dependent On Anti-Anxiety Medication?  |  Sigal Sharf
More than one in five American adults took medications for psychiatric disorders such
as anxiety and depression in 2010, according to new research by Medco Health Solutions,
Inc. Titled America's State of Mind, the report released this November by the pharmacy
benefit manager was based on its prescription medication database of 2.5 million insured Americans. The data analyzed drug trends during the past decade, starting in 2001.


Are You Cheating On Your Partner? It May Make Your Anxiety Worse
   |  Rachel Roos Pokorney, LCSW
Tiger Woods. Bill Clinton. Brad Pitt. All famous people in the media for their
cheating behavior. Each one has a different story. Bill Clinton initially lied about his
cheating but then came clean. Tiger Woods claimed he was innocent of his cheating
because he suffered from sex addiction. Brad Pitt was forgiven by his fans for his
cheating on his wife because he found "true love" with the woman he cheated with,
wound up marrying her, having and adopting children, and is now a part of
Hollywood's biggest power couple.
We often think of cheating in black and white: it's either cheating or it's not. But is it
really that simple?

Do Team Sports Make Teens Happier?  |  Catherine Sabiston, Ph.D., M.H.K, University of Toronto
If you've ever started a long walk feeling sad or anxious and ended the walk feeling better,
you probably know intuitively what many formal studies have proved—that physical activity
does indeed reduce symptoms of depression in the short term. Have you ever wondered
how long the effects of that walk, or many walks, might last? Recently, my research team
and I had the opportunity to work with ten year's worth of data on the types of sports and
physical activities in which youths participated over a span of five years. This NDIT study
provided data that helped us observe the effects of physical activity on symptoms of
depression four years later, when participating adolescents (12-17 year olds) became
emerging adults (18-22 year olds).


Executive Functioning: How Does It Relate to Anxiety?  |  Samuel Hunley, M.A.
Unfortunately, mental health disorders like anxiety don't have a minimum age
requirement. These disorders can be difficult and traumatizing both for the children
who experience them and for their parents. Additionally, dealing with disorders like
anxiety in children is even more tricky than usual because, often times, it may be hard
to figure out if your child is suffering from anxiety or from another condition. In
children, the symptoms of mental health disorders like anxiety often overlap with
symptoms of other disorders, and it can be very easy to mistake anxiety for a learning
disability or an attention deficit disorder.


General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Affects Relationships  |  Sarah Krill Williston, M.A.
When we experience or someone we care about is experiencing GAD, or generalized
anxiety
disorder, chronic and uncontrollable worry can take over. Worries range about
a variety of topics, from big concerns like family and personal health and finances to
the more minor matters of being on time for appointments or keeping things clean and
organized.
People diagnosed with GAD may also experience fatigue, muscle tension, irritability,
difficulty sleeping, and other physical health problems. GAD often has a chronic course
and it affects between 4 and 7 percent of the United States adult population. And it is
associated with a higher risk of developing depression, social anxiety, and other mental
health problems.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder Treatment  |  Anxiety.org
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a psychiatric disorder characterized by a 
constant sense of worry and fear that interferes with daily life. Commonly referred to
by psychiatrists as "free floating anxiety," people with GAD often find it difficult to 
control feelings of nervousness and worry.

How To Change Your Anxiety  |  Anxiety.org
The ABC's of Anxiety is a spin on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) that challenges the
way in which you think and cope with your anxieties. The objects and manifestations
of your fears do not fuel your anxieties. Rather, the way you perceive and think about
situations stress you out. In short, you're overthinking situations and building them up
into something that scares you. Here's why you should consider learning these ABC's to
help with your anxiety:
        You can do this by yourself.
        Your therapist will have more tools to help you.
        You can practice relieving anxiety on your own time.
        It's free with the help of our ABCtracker™.

How to push past your biggest anxieties and act  |  Ted, Tim Ferriss                                04/21/2017
To do or not to do? To try or not to try? Most people will vote no, whether they consider
themselves brave or not. Uncertainty and the prospect of failure can be very scary noises
in the shadows, and most people will choose unhappiness over uncertainty. For years, I
set goals, made resolutions to change direction — nothing came of either. I was just as
insecure and scared as the rest of the world.


Identifying Signs of Anxiety In Children  |  Liz Mathesis, Ph.D.,
Unfortunately, mental health disorders like anxiety don't have a minimum age
requirement. These disorders can be difficult and traumatizing both for the children
who experience them and for their parents. Additionally, dealing with disorders like
anxiety in children is even more tricky than usual because, often times, it may be
hard to figure out if your child is suffering from anxiety or from another condition.
In children, the symptoms of mental health disorders like anxiety often overlap with
symptoms of other disorders, and it can be very easy to mistake anxiety for a
learning disability or an attention deficit disorder.


Personalized Medicine To Treat Your Anxiety Disorder  |  Sarah Krill Williston, M.A.
A new direction in psychological treatment research, pulling from the medical field,
is called "personalized medicine". This is the study of how to tailor treatments for
specific diagnoses to the individuals based on the clients' specific characteristics.
The goal is to be able to select the treatment most likely to be effective for that person.
This type of research involves examining:
  1. how treatments work (what are the most important components of the treatment?)

  2. for whom they work for (what are the characteristics of people who respond well
    to treatment? What are the characteristics of those who do not?)

  3. what factors can predict differential responding to different types of psychological
    treatments (are there any characteristics that can be identified before treatment
    begins that predict the different levels of response to the treatment?).
     
Positive Thinking Can Lessen Your Anxiety And Worry  |  Samuel Hunley, M.A.
Worries are a normal feature of human existence. Whether it is an upcoming
presentation or a romantic date, we all have our concerns about the future, and in
many cases, this type of worry is actually helpful. For instance, worrying about
that upcoming date may encourage you to buy a new outfit or clean your place of
residence, both of which may help you impress your potential partner. In anxiety
disorders, though, worrying can be taken to a pathological extreme. For these
individuals, worries are often intrusive and uncontrollable and can produce a
significant amount of distress. Consequently, research scientists and clinicians
alike are always on the hunt for easily implemented forms of treatment that can
help alleviate such worries.


Sex and Stress  |  Sigal Sharf
Does more sex mean less stress? According to research, the answer is a resounding
yes, with the physical act benefiting both the mind and the body.


Sodium Benzoate Found In Junk Food Causes Anxiety  |  Anxiety.org
In a research study published in Europe PubMed Central, Dr. Ali Noorafshan found
that rats subject to constant doses of sodium benzoate develop anxiety and
demonstrate motor impairment. Why should we care? Sodium benzoate is commonly
found in processed foods such as sodas and jams. Food manufactures have been
synthesizing this substance in labs and adding it to the things we eat in order to
increase shelf life. Also known to cause cancer when synthesized with vitamin C,
sodium benzoate is now proving to have more immediate, negative effects.
 
Three Fundamentals of Coping With Anxiety  |  Anxiety.org
Learning how to deal with anxiety can be very difficult on your own. And with the
tremendous amount of treatments and quick tips out there, it's easy to feel
overwhelmed. However, when it comes to approaches for combating anxiety, there
are three core fundamentals. 

Treating Anxiety With Psychotherapy  |  Anxiety.org
Psychotherapy is a general term used to describe a therapeutic interaction between
a trained professional, such as a psychologist or counselor, and a patient. There are
many different options for treatment and rehabilitation from anxiety, and
psychotherapy has been considered to be one of the most popular and efficient
methods since the early 20th century.
If you are one of the 40 million adults suffering from anxiety and you are considering
psychotherapy as a solution, it is important to understand what the different types of
psychotherapy have to offer and which one might fit your needs.
 
When Anxiety Becomes A Disorder  |  Sigal Sharf
We all have anxiety from time to time. It's a normal human reaction that serves us
well against an impending attack, triggering a host of biological responses that
temporarily boost our immune system, suppress pain and release a surge of
energy. In simple terms, anxiety is vital to survival.

 
Why Win-Win Situations Cause Anxiety  |  Amitari Shenhav, Ph.D., Harvard University
Imagine that you have just applied to a number of different schools or that you
interviewed for a number of jobs. You hear back that you got two of your top choices.
Think about how happy this would make you and how wonderful it is to have these
options. Now think about the dilemma you're faced with in choosing between those
two great options. Chances are that you're less excited, and possibly even anxious,
when thinking about having to make this choice. You may even wonder if you'd been
better off only having one great option instead.