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Anxiety – When to Seek Help

When should one seek for help if anxiety occur?

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Some measure of anxiety is normal, and no treatment is necessary. However, there does come a point at
which seeking treatment for anxiety is vital to your well-being. Essentially, there are three instances where treatment should be sought.

The first is if you experience a panic attack. For people who have never experienced a panic attack, they may mistakenly think that they are suffering from a heart attack, and they will usually seek emergency treatment for that. Doctors perform tests to determine if a heart attack has occurred, and if it has not, based on the symptoms that occurred, a panic attack may be diagnosed.

When your anxiety has escalated to this point, you do need treatment for anxiety. The treatment that you receive from emergency medical professionals, thinking that you had a heart attack, is not sufficient treatment for anxiety.

Anxiety - by Telise RodelvIf your anxiety is unusual and extended, you should seek treatment. You know what a normal amount of stress is for you, but feeling anxious for a prolonged period or feeling an unexpected increase in the feelings of anxiety usually indicates that treatment is needed.

If the anxiety starts interfering in your life, treatment is required. Anxiety could keep one from doing things in life that they might do otherwise if that anxiety did not exist. For example, someone who is developing social anxiety may stop going to events or functions as frequently as they used to, and this does interfere in their life.

There is a fourth reason to seek treatment. Sometimes, we are too close to ourselves to see the big picture. If you have a fear or anxiety that you feel is perfectly normal, and someone close to you says it is not, it doesn’t hurt to seek the advice of a trained professional.

That other person may be wrong, and your fear or anxiety may be perfectly normal — but you do need to be sure.

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Online Counseling for Anxiety

Anxiety Counseling Online

Technology has made life better for all of us in a multitude of ways. We are able quickly to communicate with people around the world — without incurring huge long-distance bills. We are able to send and receive letters (email) and pictures instantly. We can bank and pay our bills online — and we can even seek counseling online.

Anxiety Counseling OnlineThere are several reasons one might seek counseling for anxiety online, instead of traditional counseling. Online counseling may be cheaper than the offline counseling. Of course, online counseling is often more convenient to the patient, as well.

Think about this. Someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder that prevents them from actually leaving their home to go to a counseling appointment may not get the treatment that they need — only because the problem prevents keeping the appointment — or possibly even setting up an appointment in the first place. Social anxiety is one such situation.

The most effective form of counseling for anxiety is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT. This type of therapy teaches you to think differently — to look at and deal with problems or events in a more constructive way than an offline counseling. This type of counseling is available online and can be provided in groups or on an individual basis.

For online therapy, the therapist and patient can communicate in a number of different ways. These methods include email, instant messenger or chat, or even voice chat. Most online therapists will have several different means of communication available, and will work with the one that the patient prefers.

Most people find that online counseling is not only convenient, but also that it is quite effective — just as effective as an offline counseling — and that they actually prefer online counseling simply for the anonymity that it provides.
If you’ve avoided traditional counseling, you will most likely find that the things that you do not like about traditional counseling are avoided or resolved with an online counseling solution.


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Different Types of Anxiety

There are different types of anxiety

When you think about anxiety, you may not realize that there are different types of anxiety. The most common types of anxiety include social anxiety, panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, phobias, and generalized anxiety. So, what do they all mean?

Social Anxiety is anxiety or feelings of anxiety that occur either in a social situation, or in anticipation of a social situation. If social anxiety is not effectively dealt with, it can become a problem. Especially if it allows persons suffering from anxiety attacks are allowed to put themselves in feared social situations.

Panic Disorder exists when a person suffers from panic attacks or from feelings of intense fear for no obvious reason. The symptoms of a panic attack may be extremely tough, and the person may even think that they have a heart attack.
It is essential to note that one cannot die from a panic attack, even though they may feel that they are actually dying. With panic disorder, one might fear having a panic attack to the point of causing one.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSDPost Traumatic Stress Disorder occurs when one has experienced something traumatic. This usually does not happen immediately after the event. It could happen days, weeks, months, or even years after the trauma has been experienced. The person may experience flashbacks of trauma, and this can prevent one from living a normal life.

Phobias involve many different things. One might fear spiders, snakes, water, heights, driving, or any number of things. The fear that one feels, however, is not normal in that it is often highly elaborate. This does not mean that the person is exaggerating the fear that they feel. In fact, the fear that they feel is absolutely real — to them.
Phobias tend to make people avoid things in life that they may otherwise enjoy. For example, one might fear spiders to the extent that they would never take a walk on a wooded path, where spiders might exist.

Finally, we have Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or GAD. Some people feel that this is what is diagnosed when there is no other cause for anxiety found; however, that is not the case. GAD occurs when one is constantly worried about every aspect of their life. It can be seriously disabling. People who suffer from GAD worry about themselves, their family, their friends, and the whole world.

If you’ve been having feelings of anxiety or anxiety attacks, it is necessary to seek treatment and to determine what type of anxiety you have, so the cause can be found, and treatment can be administered.

 

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What is Social Anxiety Disorder?

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Social anxiety disorder takes many forms.

It can be described as an inappropriately inflated sense of self-consciousness. In some people, social anxiety appears in their constant worries that others are watching them critically. In others, it can lead to situations where they simply refuse to engage in any social interaction.

Almost everyone is, on some level, familiar with depression, but social anxiety disorder does not get as much attention as other mental health problems. Fairly well known is also, anxiety, in the form of panic attacks and similar problems. Despite the fact that social anxiety disorder is the third most common mental health problem facing Americans, it still is not well understood by most people.

The quality of a person`s life can significantly be reduced by social anxiety disorder in its less severe form, and in its more extreme forms, the disorder can be almost entirely debilitating, rendering a person totally unable to interact with others.

There is no cure for social anxiety disorder. Unlike the better-known problems of depression and panic disorders, no medications developed show any significant ability to combat the problem. Those diagnosed with depression, or who suffer with panic attacks, may be able to relieve symptoms with prescription medications, but the person with social anxiety disorder has to rely on other treatment modalities.

The only form of treatment that has shown to provide any real substantive change among those with a social anxiety disorder is therapy based on a cognitive model. It is possible for someone saddled with this problem to improve his or her health markedly over time, by increasing awareness, learning coping skills, and retraining thought patterns. Research indicates that many sufferers begin to notice a significant improvement in their condition after a few dozen visits to a behavior therapist. Often, group therapy is an included part of the treatment regimen.

It should be noted that not everyone who worries what others think about him or her has an anxiety disorder. The problem arises when those concerns become too powerful and prevent the individual from engaging in otherwise desired interactions. It is quite common to have a bit of concern about what others might think of your new haircut. It is perfectly normal, to allow your mind to be overwhelmingly preoccupied with such consideration, or to let your worries interfere with your ability to function, in an appropriate manner.

If a person experience significant discomfort as lumps in your throat, fear, or unreasonable worry about social interactions, he or she may be experiencing an anxiety disorder and should seek the advice of a medical professional. The problem is treatable with cognitive therapy, and it is possible to live a life without the irrational nonstop worries and inabilities to interact that are hallmarks of social anxiety disorder.

Panic Cure – Is There One?

We can ask ourselves: Panic Cure – Is There One? (What if you have social anxiety?)

Mask Panic sufferers are quick to ask, is there an anxiety cure that will make me stop having panic attacks?
The thing is, would you want to be cured completely?

It’s simply ignored when anxiety attacks become such a difficulty, but panic is there for a reason. It makes us alert when we sense danger. It causes our bodies to prepare themselves for any action that could be required to guarantee our safety.
Imagine finding the anxiety cure that removes all nervousness from your body. Imagine being wonderfully calm under all circumstances. Nothing stirs you. No matter what comes along, you don’t react. Your heart does not speed up. Your consciousness does not race. Your muscles don’t tense.
You just sit there – unmoved.

Now imagine the “something” coming your way is a big grizzly bear. You’re so relaxed you actually don’t much care that it’s a threat to your well being. What do you suppose the result will be?
Yes, the bear might wander right on by and ignore you. It may, but you aren’t sure. It likely will need to sniff you, and if it smells something engaging, it just might attack you.

You see, an all-out panic cure would be a lousy thing, even though you could think it would be an incredible benefit for your day to day life.
What you are actually looking for is an anxiety cure which will teach you how you should not get worried when there’s really nothing to be concerned about. Those are the times when whatever you are dreading are what you “perceive” is dangerous when in fact it isn’t.

Nonessential fear is a reaction that you learned during some experience that caused your worries switch to get stuck in the “on” position. In other words, you attached panic to that primary experience, and it stuck. Afterward, you mostly get edgy when you revisit that experience, even though the initial danger is long past.

Agree with it or not, anxiety is a nice thing. Otherwise, you’d die. Naturally, way too much of it can create havoc in your life.

So what type of panic cure would you be looking for?

It would teach you how you should not become edgy all of the time. It would teach you how to respond only to real perils as you perhaps did early in your life, before something caused such panic that your hysteria button went adrift.
The trick, though, is learning how to cure anxiety, even if it travels at the speed of thought. You almost certainly never even recognize what triggers the panic attack since it occurs so fast.

Now, you do not need to decelerate your agitation replies because that’d be as catastrophic as not having any anxiety at all. In an emergency, you require time in which to prepare and in order to do so, your brain has worked out the time commitment required. It knows how long that it requires for your heart to pump more blood to your muscles, and for the muscles to reply.
Though this process of preparation only takes a matter of split seconds, it’s coordinated with absolute precision. You do not need to play with that!

As an alternative, you want an anxiety cure which will help you change which things you make a response to and when. Remember, at some particular point you attached panic or anxiety to a specific situation or event, and now, you reply that way to that event.

Your perfect panic cure will help you take away the fear and tension of that situation.

The way to do that is thru desensitization, which means revisiting that situation continually till you become desensitized to it and no longer attaches anxiety to it.
You may use visualization. This involves the “threatening” situation and sees you going thru the motions without hysteria. Visualize yourself climbing those open ladders, taking that flight, making that speech with full confidence.

Another step to your anxiety cure is to cope with stress, because quite frequently, determined stress sets the pressure stream in motion. Remove the stress and the anxiety will disappear.

There are programs available to help. You can contact your physician for a referral to a therapist, you can visit your local mental health hospital, or you can search for an advisor.

You may also take advantage of some of the fantastic products that are available which will teach the nervousness cure strategies that have worked for others.

Yes, there is an anxiety cure, but you cannot stop foreboding completely. The right anxiety cure will. Permit you to live a regular life again, when you respond with panic only to events that actually need it.

(Based on an article by Sylvia Dickens)

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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