December 22, 2011

Directory of Health Service Psychologists and Consumer Resources

During the holiday season it is more important than ever that we all do our part to reach out to consumers in need.

We are happy to introduce you to FindaPsychologist.org, a consumer website sponsored by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, a nonprofit credentialing organization for psychologists established in 1974.

Posted by tAPir at 1:27 PM

December 21, 2011

20 Ways to Deal with Holiday Anxiety

By Eileen Bailey

The holidays are a stressful time for many different reasons. Some people with anxiety have a difficult time with the many activities going on, some may be experiencing financial difficulties, sleep may suffer and the expectations of our holiday season may not measure up to the reality in our lives.


Whatever the reason, often those with anxiety feel symptoms increase and become out of control during the holiday season. When anxiety increases during this time of year, people sometimes ignore discussing it with their doctor or seeking help. They may feel it is normal to feel anxious and therefore feel they must somehow live through it or they may feel there really isn’t any help available.

Posted by tAPir at 7:42 PM

November 17, 2011

Protect the Internet

Help us stop the Internet Blacklist Legislation

On November 16th, Congress holds hearings on the first American Internet censorship system. This bill can pass. If it does, the Internet and free speech will never be the same.

Join us to stop this bill.

Why?
A few infringing links are enough to justify censoring an entire site, blocking good content along with the bad.
How?
The US will be able to block a site’s web traffic, ad traffic and search traffic using the same website censorship methods used by China, Iran and Syria.
Who's at risk?
Your favorite websites both inside and outside the US could be blocked based on an infringement claim.
Could this pass?
Yes. The Stop Online Piracy Act and the PROTECT IP Act have widespread support in Congress and are expected to pass.

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Posted by tAPir at 1:14 PM

November 4, 2011

POST -TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

By RACHEL YEHUDA, PH.D.

The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001,
represented an amalgam of interpersonal violence,loss, and disaster. Tens of thousands of people
ran for their lives in fear, were exposed to graphic scenes of death, or lost loved ones. It is estimated that well over 100,000 people directly witnessed the events, and many people around the world were also exposed to these horrifying scenes through the media.

  1. The attacks were followed by the imminent threat of subsequent attacks, the prospect of war, and bioterrorism. These events have influenced and will continue to influence the clinical presentation of patients seeking health care services, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will develop in a substantial number of people. On the basis of data obtained after the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, which was previously the deadliest act of terrorism in America, one could predict PTSD will develop in approximately 35 percent of those who were directly exposed to the September 11 attacks.
  2. In addition, many persons with prior exposure to traumatic events may have a recrudescence of PTSD symptoms triggered by news of catastrophic events and their distressing effects. Since traumatized persons with PTSD are far more likely to visit primary care physicians for their symptoms than mental health professionals, primary care practitioners will play an important part in identifying and treating this disorder.


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Posted by tAPir at 12:14 PM

September 4, 2011

Anxiety & Panic Disorders Health Center

Anxiety & Panic Disorders Overview

Anxiety is a normal human emotion that we all experience. But when panic and anxiety symptoms escalate into anxiety attacks and panic attacks, it may be an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, and panic disorder. There is excellent treatment for anxiety attacks, as well as panic attack symptoms, including medication and psychotherapy.

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Posted by tAPir at 7:04 PM

June 10, 2011

Dealing with Stress, Depression, Anxiety and Low Self-Esteem

Stressing Out began life as a blog all about the epidemic of stress in the modern world.

In particular we focused on stress caused by aspects of our busy and complicated lives, but as we went along the relationship between stress and the serious conditions of depression, anxiety and low self-esteem grew in our minds and in the posts.

Now the site takes a more holistic view of these related conditions and attempts to unravel the connections, while at the same time providing practical advice and support.

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Posted by tAPir at 2:24 PM

May 25, 2011

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder causes major shifts in mood, energy, thinking, and behavior—from the highs of mania on one extreme, to the lows of depression on the other. But you’re not powerless when it comes to bipolar disorder.

Your daily decisions influence the course of your illness: whether your symptoms get better or worse; whether you stay well or experience a relapse; and how quickly you rebound from a mood episode.

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Posted by tAPir at 11:36 AM

March 30, 2011

What is a phobia? What are the different kinds of phobias?

A phobia is defined as the unrelenting fear of a situation, activity, or thing that causes one to want to avoid it. The three types of phobias are social phobia (fear of public speaking, meeting new people, or other social situations), agoraphobia (fear of being outside), and specific phobias (fear of particular items or situations).

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Posted by tAPir at 9:09 AM

January 14, 2011

Social Anxiety Disorder and Social Phobia - Symptoms, Self-Help, and Treatment

Many people get nervous or self-conscious on occasion, like when giving a speech or interviewing for a new job. But social anxiety disorder is more than just shyness or occasional nerves. If you have social anxiety disorder, your fear of embarrassing yourself is intense — so intense, in fact, that you may go to great lengths to avoid situations that would trigger it. The good news is that many effective treatments and self-help strategies can help you overcome the symptoms of social anxiety and reclaim your life.

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Posted by tAPir at 6:18 PM