Month: January 2019

Feeling Anxious VS Having Anxiety

Whether it’s giving a toast at a friend’s wedding or waiting for the results of medical tests, we all get worried, nervous, or stressed out sometimes. But what’s the difference between feeling anxious and having anxiety? To find out, we talked with Dr. Karen Cassiday, president of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. She…

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Motivational Tips for Depression

Depression presents so many challenges I’ve been living with depression for so long that I feel like I’ve gone through every symptom the condition has to offer. Hopelessness, check. Fatigue, check. Insomnia, check. Weight gain — and weight loss — check and check. Living with depression is hard, no matter what symptoms you’re experiencing. Sometimes,…

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Tips for Depression in a Relationship

If you are in a relationship with someone who has depression, these are some tips you can use to help your partner. 1 Educate Yourself You can learn everything you need to know about depression and its causes, symptoms, and treatments by following along with this series of articles. 2 Sort Out the Facts from…

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Manage Your Anxiety with These Helpful Tips

It has been estimated that over 40 million adults in the United States (almost 18% of the population) deals with anxiety, making it the most common mental illness in the U.S. Anxiety disorders also cost the U.S. more than $42 billion a year, almost one-third of the country’s $148 billion total mental health bill, according to “The Economic Burden…

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The Link between Procrastination and Social Anxiety Disorder

People procrastinate for many reasons, but the immediate goal is to bring a temporary sense of relief. The problem with procrastination is just that; the relief is temporary, and it is eventually replaced with anxiety about being behind in what you need to get done. If you suffer from social anxiety disorder (SAD), you probably procrastinate…

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Effects of Sleep Deprivation

If you’ve ever spent a night tossing and turning, you already know how you’ll feel the next day — tired, cranky, and out of sorts. But missing out on the recommended 7 to 9 hours of shut-eye nightly does more than make you feel groggy and grumpy. The long-term effects of sleep deprivation are real….

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Helpful Tips for Your Anxiety

Anxiety involves feelings of worry, fear, and apprehension. Anxiety is typically experienced on cognitive, emotional, and physical levels. For instance, when feeling anxious a person may have negative or disturbing thoughts. On an emotional level, one may feel scared or out-of-control. It is also common to experience severe anxiety through somatic sensations, such as sweating,…

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Internalizing Behaviors and Depression in Children

Internalizing behaviors are common among depressed children. These behaviors are quiet and often invisible because they are internalized and are generally not disruptive to others, unlike externalizing behaviors. Typical Internalizing Behaviors Examples of internalizing behaviors are: Being withdrawn Feeling sad Feeling lonely Being nervous or irritable Not talking Headaches, stomachaches and other physical symptoms that are not…

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The Brain May Hold Clues for Anxiety and Depression

The hippocampus is an area of the brain commonly linked with memory and dementia. But new U of T Scarborough research finds that it may also yield important clues about a range of mental health illnesses including addiction, anxiety and depression. The research, authored by a team of neuroscientists, found that a specific part of…

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An Overview of Anxiety

Anxiety is a physiological state characterized by cognitive, somatic, emotional, and behavioral components. These components combine to create the feelings that we typically recognize as fear, apprehension, or worry. Anxiety is often accompanied by physical sensations such as heart palpitations, nausea, chest pain, shortness of breath, stomach aches, or a headache. The cognitive component entails…

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