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What To Do When You Can’t Find Help for Anxiety

What To Do When You Can’t Find Help for Anxiety

Deciding to seek help for anxiety so you can take back your life but then being unable to find help for anxiety is incredibly frustrating  (Types of Mental Health Doctors and How to Find One). For a variety of reasons, such as insurance problems, lack of qualified mental health professionals in an area, difficulty getting or keeping appointments, and more, mental health help isn’t always readily available. While ideally everyone would be able to receive medical and therapeutic help for anxiety, doing so isn’t necessary to treat and manage anxiety. There are things you can do when you can’t find help for anxiety. 

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When Do You Need Anxiety Help?

When Do You Need Anxiety Help?

It can be surprisingly difficult to know when you need anxiety help. Sometimes we are agitated, second-guessing ourselves, worrying about our mistakes or how we’re perceived or that something bad will happen. Yet despite this nagging anxiety, it’s common to wonder if you need anxiety help or if the anxiety is just something to deal with until it passes. Here, learn ways to tell if you need anxiety help. 

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Sometimes the Best Anxiety Treatment Is Cookies and Milk

Sometimes the Best Anxiety Treatment Is Cookies and Milk

Finding the best anxiety treatment can be hard, because having anxiety is more than being a little worried. Anxiety affects mind, body, and spirit, and it interferes with living. Therefore, people search for effective anxiety treatments: medication, therapy, alternative treatments, and tools and techniques that are effective in managing anxiety. Many research-based, formal anxiety treatments exist, and that’s a very good thing (Anxiety Treatment: How to Treat Anxiety). However, sometimes the best anxiety treatment is a plate of cookies, a glass of milk, and the company of a loved one. 

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Coming Across As Self Absorbed With An Anxiety Disorder

Coming Across As Self Absorbed With An Anxiety Disorder

I have a lot of introspective thoughts and I worry that in the past this has inevitably come across during conversations as me being self absorbed. There, I’ve said it. I guess that a lot of people can relate to this somewhat, but for a person with an anxiety disorder, introspective thinking can take on a whole new meaning. Being locked in this repetitive thought process has seriously distracted me from the important things in life and has even led to arguments. The insult that tends to get most thrown at me during a disagreement is that I am “selfish.” On some levels I can see how this could come across. During times when I am wrapped up in my own anxious thoughts, I can admittedly be less than fully aware of the hurt of others.

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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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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): Stop Avoiding Anxiety!

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): Stop Avoiding Anxiety!

Stop avoiding anxiety. With acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), you can accept all life brings, decide how you want to live, and stop avoiding anxiety.

Anxiety can be horrendous, so why would anyone want to stop avoiding anxiety and instead practice acceptance and commitment therapy? Avoiding anxiety can make a lot of sense. After all, anxiety can cause our thoughts to race with fear and worry, it can make our emotions spiral out of control, and it can create a whole host of awful physical symptoms from head to toe. We want to do whatever we can to reduce anxiety. Ironically, avoiding anxiety doesn’t lessen it; avoidance intensifies anxiety. Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is an approach that helps us stop avoiding anxiety so we can overcome it. 

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Five Ways to Relieve Anxiety You’ve Never Thought Of

Five Ways to Relieve Anxiety You’ve Never Thought Of

It seems like every time anxiety strikes in the presence of others, helpful folks offer the same advice. Take a walk, get some fresh air, or count to 10 are quickly raised as solutions, with the person offering the advice thinking this is the first time we’ve ever heard that suggestion. Speaking from my own experience, I do the same things over and over. If your methods to relieve anxiety aren’t boring you and are working, then there is no need to switch it up. But if you are looking from other ways to relieve anxiety, I offer five ways to relieve anxiety you’ve (probably) never thought of.

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Why Do We Eat to Relieve Anxiety?

Why Do We Eat to Relieve Anxiety?

Americans love to eat. We have foods to celebrate as well as comfort foods. It's no surprise we eat to relieve  anxiety. Keep reading to learn more.

Americans love to eat. We have foods to celebrate, comfort foods, and even foods for specific events like popcorn at the movies, cake at birthdays, and is there really anyone among us who doesn’t feel pizza just tastes better during our favorite TV shows? Considering our culture of food, is it really a surprise to discover we are eating to relieve anxiety? Have you ever stopped and wondered why we eat to relieve anxiety?

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Why and How to Make an Anxiety Toolbox

Why and How to Make an Anxiety Toolbox

Since the beginning of time, people have used objects, people, food, and the like to distract themselves from uncomfortable situations. Children are the masters of this, using their favorite blanket or stuffed animal to reduce their anxiety about pretty much everything. Clearly, the average adult doesn’t want to wander around with a stuffed tiger, but what healthy things can we put in an anxiety toolbox and why should we bother in the first place?

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Don’t Just Get Rid of Anxiety. Replace the Anxiety!

Don’t Just Get Rid of Anxiety. Replace the Anxiety!

“I want to break free from anxiety!” It’s a common cry, and for good reason. Anxiety, no matter the specific type of anxiety, can be miserable to live with day in and day out. Frequently, anxiety is a cruel warden, keeping us locked tightly behind bars, veritable prisoners of worry, fear, and guilt. Thankfully, it is indeed possible to break free from anxiety. One of the keys to doing so is to find something to take the place of anxiety.

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