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Anxiety Over a Loved One’s Health: Dos and Don’ts

Anxiety Over a Loved One’s Health: Dos and Don’ts

It’s common to experience anxiety over a loved one’s health. Whether someone lives with an anxiety disorder or if anxiety isn’t normally bothersome, when a loved one is facing health problems, most people experience some degree of worry and fear about whether a loved one will be okay. When facing anxiety over a loved one’s health, there are some dos and don’ts to help guide you and ease anxiety. 

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Five Character Strengths of People Living with Anxiety

Five Character Strengths of People Living with Anxiety

If you are living with anxiety, chances are you scoff at the idea of anxiety and character strengths. A particularly nasty effect of anxiety is self-doubt and sometimes self-hatred. Having any type of anxiety disorder often, over time, leads people to to believe that anxiety defines who they are. That’s an understandable thought given how overpowering anxiety can be, but it’s a faulty one. People living with anxiety have many character strengths that truly are part of who they are. 

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Trusting And Expressing Your Opinions With Anxiety

Trusting And Expressing Your Opinions With Anxiety

Trusting and expressing your opinions as a person with anxiety can be tough. Plummeting self-esteem caused by an anxiety disorder can sometimes lead to us conforming a little more rigidly than we would like to. Growing up, I was too awkwardly self aware to express a single opinion that might have rubbed slightly against the grain. Anxiety robs you of that luxuriant arrogance of youth and continually makes you question the validity of your opinions (Anxiety And Self-Doubt). My problems in trusting and expressing my opinions due to anxiety affect every aspect of my life.

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Visualization Exercises Can Conquer Anxiety

Visualization Exercises Can Conquer Anxiety

Using visualization exercises to conquer anxiety is a very powerful thing to do. These techniques involve using the imagination to create vivid, realistic images of what you want to achieve—in this case, a life free from life-restricting anxiety. When you make them part of your anxiety treatment routine, you truly can conquer anxiety with visualization exercises. 

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Social Anxiety, Jumping to Conclusions, and Peace of Mind

Social Anxiety, Jumping to Conclusions, and Peace of Mind

Social anxiety, jumping to conclusions, and peace of mind: which one of the phrases doesn’t seem to fit with the others? In this particular set of words, three’s a crowd, and it seems that peace of mind doesn’t fit. Social anxiety and jumping to conclusions often go hand-in-hand, each make the other worse until a person’s brain is chaotic and swirling with anxious thoughts, fears, and worries. No wonder peace of mind doesn’t naturally fit. There’s no room. When jumping to conclusions is removed, there’s plenty of room for peace of mind even when social anxiety remains. 

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When Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Slows You Down

When Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Slows You Down

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) involves excessive anxiety that often slows you down; and when it does, it can be maddening and stressful. Generalized anxiety disorder can make people feel as though they’re tarred and feathered, slowed down from real progress by a thick coat of heavy, gooey tar and coated in anxiety, represented by feathers. When generalized anxiety disorder slows you down, you  don’t have to give up. You can move foward. 

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About Julia Banim, Author of ‘Anxiety-Schmanxiety’

About Julia Banim, Author of ‘Anxiety-Schmanxiety’

Hi, my name is Julia Banim and I’m the new co-author of Anxiety-Schmanxiety. I’m a journalist based in Manchester, England. Reading and writing have long been a quiet refuge for me from the social situations that, admittedly, have never come too easily (What Is Social Anxiety Disorder [Social Phobia]?). Journalism, therefore, always felt like a natural career path for me.

I believe that writers should always strive to cover issues that are of personal significance to them. For me, this is anxiety, with all its messiness, humiliations and excessive worrying. I know how it feels to be wound tight as a spring for days, weeks, or months on end. I know how it feels to not realise how loud and fast you are breathing, how tightly you are clenching your fists, until the person next to you on the train looks at you with concern (Can People Without a Mental Illness Understand Us?).

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Intense Anxiety and the Highly Sensitive Person

Intense Anxiety and the Highly Sensitive Person

Intense anxiety can seem to take over mind and body, and when you’re a highly sensitive person, it can feel crushing. Each of the two states can be obnoxious on its own; combine living with intense anxiety and being a highly sensitive person, and it sometimes seems like there’s no place to go where you don’t feel wired, hyper-alert, overstimulated, and like a complete wreck (Why Does Anxiety Disorder Make You So Tired?).

You’re not a complete wreck. Intense anxiety and being a highly sensitive person can make you feel that way, though. 

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What To Do When Depression Treatment Makes Anxiety Worse

What To Do When Depression Treatment Makes Anxiety Worse

I once heard an exasperated man lament, “My depression treatment makes my anxiety worse!” He’s not alone in this frustration, and neither are you if you’ve found that treating depression worsens your anxiety

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Nighttime Anxiety and Getting Back to Sleep

Nighttime Anxiety and Getting Back to Sleep

Nighttime anxiety can make it difficult to get back to sleep. Yawn if you’ve ever had this problem: it’s the middle of the night, and suddenly you find yourself wide awake. Sure, you’re tired, but you’re wired, too, which makes that much-needed sleep elusive. Anxious thoughts race through your mind, and no matter what you do, they won’t slow down, let alone stop. You need sleep. You want sleep. Believe it or not, it’s possible to get back to sleep despite nighttime anxiety. 

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