It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but if you cope with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) or social anxiety, the holidays can be particularly stressful. Managing your expectations, celebrating responsibly, knowing your limits, and seeking the support of trusted family and friends are a few of the ways you can manage holiday stress.
Trauma is an emotional and psychological response that occurs when a person experiences something frightening, upsetting or disturbing. Traumatic experiences can range from natural disasters to military combat and could include events like surviving a car accident or sexual assault. Feeling anxiety, nervousness or grief after a traumatic event is common. Fortunately, most people are resilient and are able to recover after a traumatic experience. Here are a few things you can do to cope with trauma.
We’ve all felt that familiar knot in our stomach from anxiety or stress at some point in our lives. Whether it’s because of a big test, a new environment, family-related issues, or just negative thoughts about the future, life throws curve balls our way and it's our body's natural response to be stressed or have anxiety about our fears. It’s not uncommon for these conditions to be confused and even blurred together. Though their symptoms on the surfaces can seem similar, they are very different. So how do we tell the difference between the two? Let's break it down...
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. If you’ve ever experienced this unfortunate attack, you know that the response of individuals around you greatly affects the severity of your attack. With this in mind, here are a few things that you should NEVER say to someone having a panic attack.
Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is the third most common mental health issue in the world today, affecting about 7% of the population. Social Anxiety Disorder is the fear of social situations that involve interaction with other people. It involves an extreme fear and anxiety of being negatively judged and evaluated by others. This disorder causes anxiety and fear in almost all aspects of a person's life.
We all get stressed out from time to time. The feeling manifests in different ways for different people. Symptoms often include insomnia, irritability, fatigue, and can snowball into full-blown panic for some if left unchecked.