Anxious by nature, Adam Gopnik has spent years looking for cures for his constant worrying.
I returned home to New York this week, after reporting trips to London and Paris, to find the city in a mild panic about…. Ebola. Now, Ebola is one of those things that really are worth having a panic about – a horrible and highly infectious fatal disease of mysterious vectors. On the list of things to worry about, this is real – unlike whether Chelsea’s Diego Costa was fit enough to play Manchester United (another item on my worry list).
But how to worry – and how not to – that’s the question. I am a professional worrier, anxious by vocation, one thumb always hovering above the panic button. I am so quick on the iPhone keyboard that, in London, riding the rising midnight tide of a toothache, it took me no more than 30 seconds to find an all-night dental clinic on Baker Street – not far, I noted (still a tourist at heart), from Sherlock Holmes’s lodgings.
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By Claude DiDomenica
Like all Americans, I was heartbroken to hear about the suicide of Robin Williams. He suffered from depression and had substance abuse problems.
I hope that what I write about today will help others who also suffer from mental illness, as I do.
Depression is like being in the deepest abyss or cave, while above you, the light of the world goes on its merry way. Anxiety can range from a feeling of general nervousness to a full-blown panic attack. During a panic episode, you can feel like you are having a heart attack.
Famous People With Panic Disorder
While generalized anxiety disorder is extremely common, it’s also “manageable.” As severe as the anxiety can be (and it can be extremely severe), many people with GAD are able to hide the disorder and go about their day as if it doesn’t bother them. Generalized Anxiety Disorder is incredible stressful and requires treatment, but a person can go their whole lives without admitting to others that the anxiety exists.
The same is not true of panic disorder. Panic disorder often causes severe, debilitating anxiety attacks that can frighten not only the person suffering from panic attacks, but also those around them. Because it’s difficult to hide panic disorder, far more celebrities are willing to openly share their panic attack problems, including the following individuals:
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Medical researchers have yet to identify a primary cause of either anxiety disorders or panic disorders. However, certain stress conditions, put people at increased risk for developing either anxiety disorders or panic disorders. Interestingly both panic and anxiety disorders are more likely to be experienced by women. There may also be a genetic predisposition in both of these disorders as well as a nutritional or social component. People who experience worry or stress have certain symptoms in common with those who are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.
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When Governor Andrew Cuomo put his name to the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (Safe) Act, just a month after the mass shooting at Newtown, Connecticut, he told supporters that the bill’s mental health provisions lay at the core of the legislation.
The act includes, among its various controls on gun ownership, something called a “mental health alert”, which requires mental health professionals to report patients who they believe pose a threat to themselves or others.
“People who are mentally ill should not have access to guns,” Gov Cuomo said. “That’s common sense.”
Hard to argue with that. Mental illness has clearly been at the centre of some of the country’s most notorious mass shootings. But could the new law have an unintended consequence: making it harder for the mentally ill to seek help?
A panic attack is a sudden surge of overwhelming anxiety and fear. Your heart pounds and you can’t breathe. You may even feel like you’re dying or going crazy. Left untreated, panic attacks can lead to panic disorder and other problems. They may even cause you to withdraw from normal activities. But panic attacks can be cured and the sooner you seek help, the better. With treatment, you can reduce or eliminate the symptoms of panic and regain control of your life.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a complex and debilitating condition that can affect every aspect of a person’s life.
PTSD has been known to exist since ancient times, albeit under the guise of different names.
During the First World War it was referred to as “shell shock”; as “war neurosis” during WWII; and as “combat stress reaction” during the Vietnam War. In the 1980s the term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was introduced – the term we still use today.
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Twenty-five years after Prozac was introduced, the name has entered the cultural lexicon and helped define how people think of mental illness.
Back in the 1990s Prozac achieved what few prescription drugs ever do. It was trendy.
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The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers anxiety disorders under
Section 12.06 of the Blue Book, which covers Mental Disorders.
In order to successfully apply for disability benefits due to an anxiety
disorder, be sure to present a history of treatment by medical
professionals, including both your physician and a qualified mental health
professional, in order to show the recurrent or persistent nature of your
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.