Out of all the anxiety disorders and most of the mental health care problems, social anxiety disorder (social phobia) is least understood.
Social anxiety was the LAST anxiety disorder to be “discovered”, and continues to be LAST in terms of public and professional understanding and awareness.
What makes this so ironic is that fully 8% of the general population suffers from some form of social anxiety, a severely debilitating emotional problem.
The vast majority of people with social anxiety do not know that they have it. They know there is something “wrong” with them, but they do not know what it is. Read more …
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). Read more…
Today, there are good treatments available for PTSD. When you have PTSD, dealing with the past can be hard. Instead of telling others how you feel, you may keep your feelings bottled up. Yet talking with a therapist can help you get better. Read more …
Do you worry excessively about things that are unlikely to happen, or feel tense and anxious all day long with no real reason? Everyone gets anxious sometimes, but if your worries and fears are so constant that they interfere with your ability to function and relax, you may have generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is mentally and physically exhausting. It drains your mental energy, keeps you from sleeping and unwinding, and wears your body out. But you don’t have to live it. You can break free from the grip of chronic worrying and learn to calm down your anxious mind. Read more …
Could be this be panic attacks? Sure, but personally i don’t like to blame panic attacks till i am sure that there is nothing wrong physically first. So, in addition to the stress test and if not already done, i would like you to have a thyroid function test, a blood test for electrolytes and an echocardiogram (an ultrasound of the heart) if your doctor thinks they are indicated. Read more …
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.
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.
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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.
A few infringing links are enough to justify censoring an entire site, blocking good content along with the bad.
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. Read more…
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.
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.
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.
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. Read more …