Month: November 2018

The Relationship Between Social Anxiety and Insomnia

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that sometimes co-exists with social anxiety disorder (SAD). In simple terms, insomnia refers to trouble falling asleep or getting enough sleep. While most people have trouble falling asleep from time to time, those with chronic insomnia have trouble sleeping more than three nights a week for three months or more. Often, insomnia…

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Physical Effects of Depression

While depression affects us both emotionally and mentally, creating such symptoms as feelings of sadness and problems with thinking, it can also have certain physical effects as well. In fact, it is not uncommon for people to visit their physician complaining only of their physical symptoms, making it difficult for their doctor to diagnose their depression due…

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Want to Get Better Sleep? Don’t Think of Yourself as an Insomniac

Around 10 percent of the population suffers from chronic insomnia, according to the Sleep Management Institute, and for many of those people, insomnia is a psychological issue. In fact, cognitive behavioral therapy is usually the first line of treatment for insomnia, not pills. A recent review of the scientific literature on insomnia in the journal Behaviour Research and Therapy (spotted…

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5 Ways to Handle Depression in the Workplace

If you’ve suffered through a bout of depression as a working adult, you’re hardly alone. Around 18.8 million American adults—or around 9.5 percent of the population—have suffered from a depressive illness at some point in their life, and in a three-month period, workers with depression are absent an average of 4.8 workdays and suffer 11.5 days of…

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What Is Insomnia? The Features, Symptoms, and Causes

When Trouble Falling or Staying Asleep is a Disorder Though it is the most common of the various sleep disorders, one may wonder: What is insomnia? How is insomnia defined and diagnosed? When struggling to sleep, it may be helpful to understand what insomnia is, how often it occurs, the potential causes, and its classic…

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7 Common Symptoms That Can Be Signs of Depression

There’s a lot more to depression than feeling really, really sad. Sneaky symptoms like insomnia and grouchiness creep in so gradually that many people don’t even realize they’re depressed. Take a look at the symptoms below: They’re not exclusive to depression, but if you can check off several on the list, it might be time to talk to your…

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What are the Different Types of Social Anxiety Disorder?

Social anxiety disorder (SAD) involves a fear of social and performance situations in which others may judge you negatively. Most people with the disorder are extremely self-conscious, and may have physical symptoms such as nausea, shaking, or feeling faint when around people or performing. Types of Social Anxiety Disorders The current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of…

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5 Ways To Dig Yourself Out Of Depression

I knew something was wrong with me. I was too uncomfortable with myself to even enjoy just one night alone. I worried something might happen that I couldn’t handle. So I spent a lot of time losing myself in T.V., food or dating bad men. I was afraid to be quiet with my own thoughts,…

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The Characteristics of High Functioning Anxiety

High functioning anxiety is not a recognized mental health diagnosis. Rather, it’s evolved as a catch-all term that refers to people who live with anxiety, but who identify themselves as functioning reasonably well in different aspects of their life. If you have high functioning anxiety, you probably notice that your anxiety propels you forward rather…

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