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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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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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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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.
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Holistic Remedies to Treat Depression and Anxiety

One of the consequences to a fast-paced lifestyle is that it eventually takes its toll on our mental and emotional well-being. Depression, anxiety and panic attacks likely stems from the periodic encounter of stress. In response, pharmaceuticals have developed cutting edge medications designed to manage depressive symptoms effectively.
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What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy…
is a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the important role of thinking in how we feel and what we do.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy does not exist as a distinct therapeutic technique. The term “cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)” is a very general term for a classification of therapies with similarities.
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What are the risk factors for agoraphobia?

Agoraphobia tends to begin by adolescence or early adulthood. Girls and women, Native Americans, middle-aged individuals, low-income populations, and individuals who are either widowed, separated, or divorced are at increased risk of developing agoraphobia. Individuals who are Asian, Hispanic, or of African/African-American descent tend to have a lower risk of developing this disorder.
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