Category: Anxiety Disorders

Panic Attack vs. Anxiety Attack: How to Tell Them Apart

People often use the terms “panic attack” and “anxiety attack” interchangeably. You might even find yourself wondering, “Is there a difference between the two?” Sure, they share some commonalities, but even if people treat the terms as if they’re the same, panic and anxiety are two distinct diagnoses. Each term has a specific meaning, and

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Fear or Anxiety? How to Differentiate Between the Two

Fear and anxiety are two common human experiences. Both serve a purpose, existing to help keep you safe. While the two share some commonalities, notable distinctions separate them. So what is the difference between fear and anxiety? And when does anxiety become a problem, and how do you know whether it’s time to seek help?

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Could Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Trigger Your Anxiety?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by a pattern of unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and uncontrollable repetitive behaviors (compulsions).  OCD causes a person to feel overwhelming anxiety and an impending sense of doom when they cannot carry out their compulsions. Anxiety is a central component

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Managing a Panic Attack: Identifying 5 Common Anxiety Triggers

Anxiety attacks are an unnerving part of living with an anxiety disorder. More often than not, an overwhelming situation or experience occurs that triggers anxious feelings. It’s not always possible nor is it the best course of action to avoid every triggering situation. However, learning to identify anxiety triggers can help you predict the possibility

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Can Your Diet Impact Anxiety?

You’ve probably heard the saying, “You are what you eat,” but there’s more truth to that than you might expect. You might think that psychotherapy or anti-anxiety medications are the primary ways to treat anxiety, but there are other changes you can make to boost your mental health. Research shows a close relationship between your

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How to Be a Parent with Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are extremely challenging and scary to live with, making seemingly simple tasks seem unsurmountable. How are you supposed to balance school, work, family, social obligations, making decisions, and more without panicking? Even with ongoing mental health treatment, managing an anxiety disorder is a lifelong effort. Adding children into the mix brings another layer

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When to Go to the Hospital for Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorders in the United States. They affect an estimated 40 million adults every year (about 19.1% of the U.S. adult population).1 Symptoms of anxiety disorders, particularly panic attacks, can feel paralyzing and even life-threatening. How do you know when to go to the hospital for anxiety? Some

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Does Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Work for Anxiety?

Treatments for anxiety are constantly being studied and developed. New clinical approaches focus on long-term ways of helping individuals with anxiety decrease their unproductive thoughts and behaviors as well as control their overwhelming emotions. One of these approaches — dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) — has elicited positive results and responses, but what is DBT? And

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When Should I Seek Inpatient Treatment for Anxiety?

If you are struggling or have ever struggled with anxiety, you know how difficult it can be to deal with the short and long-term health effects. Anxiety can put extreme stress on your body and make it tough to engage in basic life activities. If low-level mental health care isn’t working, it might be time

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