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Four Tips for Managing Your Anxiety

Anxieties often start in the mind and fast-forward to the body, resulting in rapid breathing, or hyperventilation. When you hyperventilate, you take in more oxygen than you need. Your ratio of oxygen to carbon dioxide gets unbalanced, resulting in increased heart rate, tingling in your extremities, and feeling light-headed. Paradoxically, when you hyperventilate, you can [...]

Anxiety: Accept the Small Stuff

One of the mistaken beliefs surrounding anxiety is that everything that happens centers around you.  This mistaken belief can take on a life of its own when you are in anxiety overload.  You become a raw nerve, jumping at everything that happens around you and at everyone you come into contact with.  In such a [...]

The Rise in Prescription Antidepressants

While there is no dispute that the incidence of depression is growing, the response to this growth is changing.   The trend has been away from traditional psychotherapy and toward a pharmaceutical solution.  As reported by Scientific American, "Between 1996 and 2005 the percentage of psychiatry office visits involving psychotherapy decreased from about 44.4 percent - [...]

Understanding Acute and Chronic Stress

Acute stress is the slam-on-the brakes kind of stress. It’s tied to a specific event that is perceived as either dangerous or demanding. Your body rallies around the emotional reaction of alarm and fear by preparing itself for fight or flight. In fact, that’s what the physical reaction is called: “the fight or flight response.” [...]

How to Help Someone Suffering from PTSD

Traumatic events happen every day, and can hit unfortunately close to home. Each day people are faced with sudden deaths of loved ones, natural disasters, life-threatening illness, car crashes, abuse, rape, and other unforeseen traumas. These life events can cause an upheaval of emotions and destroy a person’s equilibrium, causing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). [...]

By |June 30th, 2014|Categories: PTSD|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Facing Your Fears

There are so many things in life to be truly fearful of. So often we neglect those things in order to concentrate on the monsters of our own making or past. However, when we succumb to our own monsters, we can sometimes lose sight of the real risks at hand. For example, a person so [...]

By |April 28th, 2014|Categories: PTSD|Tags: , , , |0 Comments