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What is Anxiety?

What is Anxiety? Anxiety is an issue for millions of people nationwide.  Those who experience anxiety or who have a disorder such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, know that the feelings associated with anxiety can be overwhelming.  Anxiety is another word for excessive worry.  These feelings of worry are excessive and persistent.  One can experience anxiety...
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How Does Stress Influence Addiction?

How Does Stress Influence Addiction? Most people experience stress on some level and many experience it daily. It seems to be a part of our lives with jobs, families, and responsibilities that need to be taken care of. Sometimes there just does not seem to be enough hours in the day. One issue with stress...
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What Is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

What Is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?   Obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD is a disorder where individuals need to perform certain rituals, check things repeatedly, or have certain thoughts repeatedly.  Sometimes individuals might have thoughts that enter their minds on occasion or they may check to make sure the doors are locked or the oven is...
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Symptoms of PTSD vs Symptoms of Trauma

When a person goes through something traumatic, the effects are damaging. Trauma is calamitous in every sense of the word – it changes a person’s life forever and effect all aspects of life. There are two sides to trauma –  the direct effects of it happening, and the short to long-term effects that remain after...
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Anxiety isn’t Always Anxiety

Anxiety isn’t Always Anxiety Research has shown that approximately 40 million people suffer from anxiety – that’s about 1 in every 13 people that experience this. Some forms of anxiety are helpful – with the right kind of anxiety, we often perform our best under pressure and take precautionary steps before making a major decision....
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Anxiety and Stimulant Drugs

Anxiety and Stimulant Drugs Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, particularly over an event or an unpredictable future outcome. Anxiety can cause individuals to feel jittery or “on edge”, and can result in having an upset stomach, sweaty palms, trouble concentrating, nausea, headaches, and more. Many people with anxiety visit a doctor...
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Is It Normal to Experience Anxiety and Depression in Early Recovery?

Anxiety and depression are normal during early recovery.  The main reason for this is a person is learning new ways to cope and live without drugs or alcohol.  During the addiction, getting the drug, finding money to buy the drug, and being with others who use drugs or alcohol are the reason for living.  All...
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Postpartum Anxiety as Common as Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is a well known mental health condition for women. After pregnancy, women struggle to rebalance their hormones and it affects their mental health. Symptoms of depression become so severe that the women have a hard time connecting with their infant. In many cases, there is delusional thinking about the relationship between mother and...
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What Is a Fidget Spinner and Why Is It Helpful for Mental Health?

“Fidget spinners” are all the rage right now, being sold in the millions in every color and pattern imaginable. The small toy is becoming a phenomena but was actually designed as a tool for helping patients with ADD, attention deficit disorder, and ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, find focus and calm. Fidgeting, distraction, and stress...
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Is Chronic Pain a Symptom of Depression and Anxiety?

Depression hurts. Anxiety hurts. Both mood disorders are known to cause physical symptoms of tension, aches, pains, stiffness, cramps, and more. Mental health disorders like depressive and anxiety disorders are not isolated to the brain. It is widely understood today that mental health disorders affect the mind, the body, and the spirit. Taking an integrative...
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