Managing Anxiety and Panic Disorders (Anxiety Part 3)

In managing anxiety, like any other emotional disturbance, there are a lot of approaches. Many therapists provide some form of behavior modifications like behavior rehearsal, modeling, thought-stopping, and relaxation training.

These approaches may be helpful, but an apparent deficiency with behavior modification is that mental state and perception that cause the anxiety may not compromise the basic focus or consideration of the treatment.

The treatment should be cognition and not behavioral. Behavioral approach is usually concomitant and secondary.

Some approaches of managing anxiety have been already given in our second article but further suggestions and elaboration are now offered in this article. As already contended, anxiety is dependent on the mental state of a person. Therefore, managing anxiety should start withContinue reading

Anxiety Part 2: Understanding Anxiety or Panic Disorders

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The cases of anxiety are very high and the effects are profound. These effects have 3 basic categories, namely, physical, psycho-emotional, and social. Let us talk about the physical effects of anxiety. It results in an array of physiological discomforts. One manifestation can be labeled under psychosomatic signs like muscle cramps, headaches, heart palpitations, upset stomach, and other body pains and aches. Sustained anxiety ends up in health risks. Organic and functional sicknesses ranging from dyspepsia to heart problems are the long term effects.

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Anxiety Part 1: Understanding Anxiety or Panic Disorders

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Anxiety is very common and this is not an emotion restricted to politically oppressed or economically deprived individuals. Anxiety is an inevitable part in humans, from international to governmental and domestic to personal. It is marked with stress, perplexity, and uncertainty.

Many people deny their anxiety or the intensity of it for some reasons like the need to avoid embarrassment, sense of pride, fear of rejection, threat of vulnerability, and so on. Its occurrence is debilitating and disturbing and its persistence is crippling.

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Tips to Help A Friend With Anxiety

myselfhelpdiary dealing with anxietyIf you never experienced excessive anxiety before, then it may be hard to empathize with someone who is currently experiencing it. People who are anxious may seem worried about nothing, so it is tempting to ignore the problem. On the other hand, anxieties including OCD (obsessive compulsive behavior), post-traumatic stress disorder, and panic disorder are the common disorders. Around 40 million adult Americans are suffering from anxiety issues yearly.

So how do you deal with a friend who is anxious most of the time?

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