Anxiety isn’t just panic attacks

People face anxiety-causing situations regularly. Expectations at school, work, or home, as well as in relationships can be particularly troubling. Whether we’re about to take a big test at school, interview for a new job, or propose to our significant other, it’s normal to be nervous and experience what people refer to as “butterflies in the stomach”.

It’s different with anxiety disorders. You’re not just nervous. Your feelings don’t go away. In fact, the anxiety can get worse and can negatively affect your overall health. And for many of those people, those feelings are often accompanied by panic, often unexpected.

However, even though panic is a symptom often associated with anxiety, the American Psychological Association claims that only 1 in 75 people with anxiety ever experience panic. Of the 3 anxiety disorders—social phobia, general anxiety disorder, and panic disorder—panic disorder is, unsurprisingly, the one where panic manifests itself.

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What’s the difference between social anxiety and panic disorder

People often confuse two of the most prevalent anxiety disorders: social anxiety and panic disorder.

While it’s not uncommon to have both at the same time, they are separate disorders, and often, one presents more prominently than the other. Even more confusing is that people with either are commonly misdiagnosed with depression, likely because they feel depressed. However, such depression is usually caused by the anxiety and thus would more accurately be called dysthymia; when the anxiety is gone, so is the depression.

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Anxiety isn’t just butterflies in your stomach

People face anxiety-causing situations regularly. Expectations at school, work, or home, as well as in relationships can be particularly troubling. Whether we’re about to take a big test at school, interview for a new job, or propose to our significant other, it’s normal to be nervous and experience what people refer to as “butterflies in the stomach”.

It’s different with anxiety disorders. You’re not just nervous. Your feelings don’t go away. In fact, the anxiety can get worse and can negatively affect your overall health.

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What to look for in social anxiety

People face anxiety-causing situations regularly. Expectations at school, work, or home, as well as in relationships can be particularly troubling.

It’s different with anxiety disorders. You’re not just nervous. Your feelings remain. In fact, the anxiety can get worse and can negatively affect your overall health.

When you have social anxiety, you may be more likely to have one or more of the following:

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PTSD: what causes it and how can it affect me?

When a truly dangerous situation arises, fear often sets in immediately, triggering both the mind and body to instantly react. That’s natural.

With PTSD, however, those reactions are altered and distorted in a way that strikes sufferers with anxiety and fear, even if there’s no reason to fear that way.

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OCD isn’t just wanting things neat and organized

You leave the house, locking the front door behind you. Then you wonder: Did I turn the oven off? Or the iron?

It’s perfectly natural to want to double-check something. Everyone double checks things sometimes. But with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), you feel an overwhelming desire to check things all the time. You may even have a routine or ritual you go through. These thoughts or rituals, when tied to OCD, can prevent you from leading a meaningful life.

When you have OCD,

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Do I have general anxiety disorder?

People face anxiety-causing situations regularly. Expectations at school, work, or home, as well as in relationships can be particularly troubling.

It’s different with anxiety disorders. You’re not just nervous. Your feelings remain. In fact, the anxiety can get worse and can negatively affect your overall health.

But when you have general anxiety disorder, you’re really worried about issues even when you have little or no reason to worry. In fact, you feel anxiety most of the time, believing projects or tasks will fail.

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Physical activity lowers depression and anxiety

Australian researchers recently published an article in The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, showing a connection between physical activity levels and depression.

Researchers studied 109 participants who had been treated for depression, anxiety, or both and had been referred to a lifestyle intervention program. Each participant completed the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale and the Active Australia Survey, and researchers compared their fitness scores with those of the general population.

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Kolbe’s success story: anxiety, ADHD, OCD, bipolar & ODD

From a young age, Kolbe had lived with severe mental health challenges, including intense episode of violence. Despite moving from one medication to another through 2 dozen medications, nothing controlled his rage and tantrums significantly. That is until Truehope. EMPowerplus has changed Kolbe’s life and the lives of all those around him.

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5 foods that boost your mood and 4 that worsen it

Anyone who has followed our blog knows by now of the importance we place on the connection between nutrition and mental health.

We recently came across an article on Everyday Health in collaboration with internal medicine specialist Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH. The article outlines foods that can help alleviate anxiety symptoms and foods that can increase stress and perhaps trigger depression

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