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Anxiety Treatment Method – Mental Imaging

Use of mental imaging as an anxiety treatment method

While there are many wonderful medications that aid in the treatment of anxiety symptoms, there are other methods for controlling anxiety as well. Mental imaging is one such treatment.

Mental ImagingMental imaging is used in many instances and professions. Professional sports players, speakers, and actors use mental imaging. For the purpose of anxiety, mental imaging works as a relaxation technique. It can be used to negate negative thoughts, and replace those negative thoughts with positive images that help one to face or get through a situation that makes them feel anxious.

To practice mental imaging, you must predetermine what your image will be. Will you see yourself handling a tough situation? Will you see yourself doing something that you didn’t think you could do? Again, you need to have your mental image ready to go before you need it.

The hardest part of mental imaging remembers to use it when you need it. This is not always easy to do when you are feeling anxious, and worries are clouding your mind. You may also need mental imaging aids at the beginning, such as cassette tapes to get you into the state of mental imaging. You may need to close your eyes to practice mental imaging in the beginning as well.

Mental imaging can also be used outside of anxious situations — when you are calm — to help build confidence in yourself.

In fact, people who suffer from anxiety disorders who practice mental imaging outside of anxious situations find that the anxiety episodes that they do have are fewer and far between — and that they don’t last as long.

While mental imaging is very easy, and can be done by anyone, it should not be used to replace medical treatment for anxiety. You still need treatment from a doctor, and you can discuss mental imaging with your doctor.

Mental Imaging and Anxiety

Treatment of Anxiety – Xanax

Xanax in use for treatment of anxiety arise questions

Many physicians prescribe Xanax to their patients for the treatment of anxiety, as well as for anxiety disorders. Xanax has a generic form called alprazolam, and has been used since it was approved by the FDA in 1981. Today, Xanax XR is also available.

Xanax - Treatment of AnxietyUnlike regular Xanax, Xanax XR is taken just once a day.

As with most medications, there are potential side effects when taking Xanax. It can cause your motor functions to become impaired while the drug is in your system. You may feel clumsy, become dizzy, or experience headaches and fatigue.

Serious side effects include blurred vision, slurred speech, confusion, personality changes, nightmares, memory loss, incontinence, constipation, nausea, and disorientation. It is rare, but possible, that Xanax could actually increase one’s anxiety.

Those who have a very rare and serious reaction to the medication may also experience nervousness, agitation, insomnia, muscle spasms, and even feelings of rage. If any of these things occurs, it is usually an indication that the dosage prescribed or taken was too high, and the solution is to reduce the dosage.

Xanax for Treatment of Anxiety DisorderXanax can become addictive with long-term use. At the same time, there are those patients who discover that the Xanax no longer works in controlling their anxiety or anxiety symptoms.

Xanax is a controlled drug and must be prescribed by a licensed physician. It is typically not prescribed for those who are under the age of 18. The drug cannot be taken while pregnant or nursing.

Xanax is a good drug for short-term treatment of anxiety, but if an addiction occurs, the withdrawal symptoms when the drug is discontinued from the treatment plan can be fairly severe. Withdrawal can result in shaking, rapid heartbeat, insomnia, seizure, sleep pattern changes, and of course, anxiety.

If you suffer from anxiety, you should discuss Xanax with your doctor. Only you and your health care professional can determine whether or not Xanax is the right course of treatment for you.

With so many side-effects lying “on the table”, the questions arise; is it really worth it – to use Xanax for the treatment of anxiety, and what`s one`s alternative anxiety treatment?

  • Statement on a You Tube video;  Xanax – More Addictive Than Heroin

Positive and Negative Stress

Positive stress compared to negative stress

As we saw earlier, stress is a necessary factor for our survival as a specie. But it is also what might kill us. One of the problems Grumpy and Negativewith stress is that we need a small amount of stress to survive and to take care of some situations.

There is no reason to panic just because you get into a situation which stresses you. It is, for example, normal to have a small amount of stress before you have to go to an examination or before you participate in an important meeting. In this case, it is a good thing; it means you will be more attentive and more aware of your surroundings. That is really helpful.

Stress is helping you to take care of important situations

We get inattentive to stress symptoms because we are somehow used to them, kind of. We know them; we need them, and we are used to them. So we tend not to take them seriously in time.

Stress, in itself, is never negative. What is negative is if you are in a constant state of stress. If your body and mind never relax, never get out of stress, then you will literally burn out all of your reserves. IPositive Heartn short, if you do not stop stressing by yourself, there will be a moment when your body will do it for you. This is the so-called: Burned out.

When you first reach the point of burnout, you will have to rest. You won’t be able to do anything else anyway. But instead of using a few minutes or hours, like you would have done in a normal situation, it will easily take up to few years.

Stress, in itself, isn’t a bad thing or a negative thing.

There is only positive stress, so to speak.

It`s helping us out to survive.

Stress factorBut there can be a negative result of stress if you are constantly in this state of being. A bit like, if your car can drive at a maximum of 100 m/h and, with a especially additive in the gas, you can make it drive at 110 m/h. And then drive it constantly at 110 m/h.

Sooner or later, the motor will burn out.

It is the exact same thing with stress: Even though it is a positive additive that makes us work better, the outcome is negative if we are constantly running at maximum speed.

So no, there is no negative stress, only negative result of long time exposure, and only positive stress.

Stress and Anxiety Defined

Find a good strategy to reduce the negative effects of stress.

Ever since the term was first coined in 1936, there’s been an ongoing debate about the definition of stress.

Being such an ambiguous concept, people think that stress isn’t real. But the truth is that as common as stress is, it can have serious effects to your health if left unmanaged.

Even though we all know what stress is, it’s hard to perceive it as something damaging because it’s so intangible, and the effects of stress vary from person to person. This is another aspect that interferes with its being defined in the same way by different people.

Hans Selye - About StressWhen Hans Selye invented the term “stress” in 1936, he defined it as “the nonspecific response of the organism to any pressure or demand.” Later on, as he progressed in his studies and he modified the definition to: “The rate of wear and tear on the body.”

While these are very general definitions, they are very accurate in describing how it is perceived.

Stress is the result of a person’s inability to cope.
Whether you have an urgent project that needs to be done to perfection or you’re going through, and emotional crisis, the effect of stress will depend on how well you can cope with that situation.

Do you feel that you can handle it? Or is it too much?

Because the emotional response is such an important aspect of stress, I like this more modern definition a lot better: “Stress refers to any reaction to physical, mental, social, or emotional stimulus that requires a response or alteration to the way we perform, think, or feel.”

If the failure to adapt to a situation exists, this results in stress. In many cases, stress and anxiety occurs if we are encountering something new or unknown. But stress isn’t always originated by a failure to adapt. Pushing you to complete a presentation or even the thrill of landing that prestigious position can cause your body to experience stress/anxiety.

Whether it’s a good change or a bad change, any change is bound to be stressful.

Finding a good strategy to cope with pressure, change, and responsibility can significantly reduce the negative effects of stress.

Also read: The Biology of Stress

Anxiety Symptom Awareness

Things to consider regarding Anxiety Symptom Awareness!

Many people suffer from high anxiety.

Symptom awareness can help them to recognize that they have a serious medical condition and are not just “high strung.” Panic disorders are a common psychological problem with potentially devastating effects on the quality of one’s life. Recognizing the symptoms of an anxiety attack can result in sufferers seeking out the treatment they need.

Anxiety for waspsA commonly experienced anxiety symptom is to feel dizzy or lightheaded. If someone feels that way during anxious moments, he or she may want to consider it as a warning sign. This is a particularly dangerous symptom, because the loss of balance it produces can lead to falls and other accidents.

Another anxiety symptom is to feel as though that one cannot breathe. This is a common symptom among those diagnosed with panic disorders and can be quite frightening. Victims feel as though they are unable to catch their breath or as if they are somehow being smothered. If one experiences periods of this sort, one will probably want to consider discussing your situation with a physician.

Others suffering from panic disorders will experience shakes or tremors. These involuntary movements can be extremely frightening and create an increased risk of accident. Nervous tics are one thing, but tremors and shakes related to anxiety are another. They should be taken as a sign that something may be wrong.

Anxiety sufferers often experience a sensation that as if something is crawling all over them during anxious periods. This sensation is by many described as being akin to having ants or other small insects patrolling the body. It is a particularly uncomfortable sensation that can paralyze one with fear.

A particularly scary anxiety symptom is the feeling that one is experiencing a heart attack or some other intense chest pain. Many panic attack sufferers have been quite certain their death was imminent while in the midst of an attack. The pain, although lacking a physiological basis, can be quite real and truly frightening. That fear serves to intensify one’s anxiety, making it part of a vicious circle.

There are, of course, other symptoms. One of the interesting things about panic disorders is that different individuals will experience different manifestations of the problem. While some may sweat profusely during an attack, someone else may notice chills as an anxiety symptom.

The important thing to remember is that if one experience particularly anxious times when someone feel fear, that in retrospect seems disproportionate or other physical reflections of their anxiety. They may have a diagnosable panic disorder. Fortunately, a variety of treatment options are available for those who experience anxiety attacks. Thus, it makes perfect sense to immediately consult with a medical professional if someone feels they may have a problem.

Recognizing some of the common symptoms of disproportionate anxiety may give a person the impetus to seek help. That help may allow them to move on with your life without having to be concerned that another terrifying anxiety symptom will emerge uncontrollably.

Beyond Limitations: Saving the World and Ruling the Galaxy with Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Myths Dispelled

Greetings once again, friends and fellow freaks!Bookmak this mental health article

I like that sentence. I`ve always been fond of alliteration. For those not familiar with the term, alliteration is a literary device which means “the repetition of consonants.” Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. That’s heavy alliteration. I know because I take writing seriously. Probably a little too seriously.

I use apostrophes when I text; capitalize proper nouns on my grocery list; and edit my Facebook posts for style, usage, and clarity. I craft each and every thing that I write very carefully, so that each time I write anything, I get better at it.

OK. I’m gonna go ahead and brag. I’m a pretty damn good writer. It took Stephen King eight years to sell his first story. Me? It only took me ONE. Now… I’m nowhere near as rich or successful as he is—yet—but because I AM a good writer, I thought this would be the perfect way to segue into another myth.

Bipolar Myth #4 – People with bipolar disorder are limited.

Mentally IllThere are times when bipolar disorder can be crippling. There are days when I’m too depressed to write anything, but it isn’t always like that. Keep in mind, bipolar disorder has an upside, too.

That’s another literary device: the pun. 😉

People with bipolar disorder aren’t always depressed. When we’re on the upswing, we’re filled with boundless energy. We need less sleep. We can accomplish a great deal of work. Ideas come whizzing into our heads at the speed of light. We can be sharp, witty, and very charismatic.

Speaking of both charisma and light speed… know who else is bipolar? Actress Carrie Fisher. That’s right. PRINCESS LEIA IS BIPOLAR. Bipolar disorder doesn’t seem to limit her, does it? She’s an American icon! And she’s not the only one.

Linda Hamilton? Yup. Earth is safe from Terminator robots thanks to this bipolar actress.

Richard Dreyfuss? Jaws, American Graffiti, Close Encounters, Academy Awards = YES. Limited = NO.

It’s not just actors, either. Congressman Pat Kennedy, artist Jackson Pollock, and singer Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots are also bipolar. There are so many success stories that I could fill DOZENS of articles just listing them all. If you want to know more, Google “famous bipolar people.” You might also want to grab a cup of coffee. You’ll be reading for a while.

And if you want to read something written BY someone with bipolar disorder aside from me, you might be reading for a very, very long time. In Kay Redfield Jameson’s book Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament, you’ll find a list of authors and poets believed to have been bipolar. Want to know who’s on it? Take a college literature class. Pretty much anyone your teacher assigns you to read. That’s who’s on it.

And by the way, it’s not Ms. Kay Redfield Jameson, it’s Dr. Kay Redfield Jameson. She’s a clinical psychologist, so she probably knows what she’s talking about. Guess what? She’s also bipolar. Run for the hills, folks! The loonies have taken over the bin!

People with bipolar disorder can achieve great things, so please don’t make it harder for us by discriminating against us. You hurt us AND you hurt yourselves by not taking advantage of the enormous amounts of talent and drive many of us possess. Also, you might piss off Linda Hamilton. She kicked the Terminator’s butt, ya know.

Be nice, or Linda will find you.

Keep fighting!

-Bruce Anderson

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