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Anxiety Tool: Track Anxiety Levels With Your Menstruation Cycle

Anxiety Tool: Track Anxiety Levels With Your Menstruation Cycle

I’ve heard that your anxiety can get worse during your menstruation cycle. The internet is flooded with forums with women questioning this topic.

“Menstruation leads to a number of hormonal changes that can cause physical and emotional effects that may contribute to anxiety. There is no single reason for this anxiety, but multiple factors probably are at work, says Charles Goodstein, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry at New York University Langone Medical Center.”

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Side Effects When Starting/Stopping SSRI Medications

Side Effects When Starting/Stopping SSRI Medications

Last week when I found out I was pregnant, I stopped taking my daily 100 mg of Sertraline (the generic brand of Zoloft) cold turkey. Since then I have been worrying what kind of side effects I may experience. It’s hard for me to know if what I am feeling are side effects or simply normal yuckiness of the first trimester.

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Relaxation Technique and Anxiety Tool: Yoga

Relaxation Technique and Anxiety Tool: Yoga

As a follow up to the importance of implementing relaxation techniques into our lives, I want to share with you why yoga is my favorite relaxation technique and a great anxiety tool. It always amazes me just how refreshed and rejuvenated I feel after completing a yoga session. Even 20-30 minutes can greatly improve my mood. I feel like I have washed my slate clean, opened up the windows and let some fresh air in, and I get a burst of energy. Meditation is so important to reduce the stress in our lives.

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Anxiety Coping Strategy: The Benefits of Relaxation

Anxiety Coping Strategy: The Benefits of Relaxation

Chronic anxiety sufferers can greatly benefit from learning relaxation techniques. Relaxation is a practical coping strategy used to help manage stress in our lives. While taking a hot bath or watching TV can be relaxing, in order to have a noticeable effect on our anxiety we need a regular daily practice of some form of relaxation or meditation. This is important because we need to balance out all of the heightened intense feelings (heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, muscle tension, etc.) our bodies experience when in the fight or flight mode.

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Morning Anxiety 101: Symptoms and Causes

Morning Anxiety 101: Symptoms and Causes

I am not a morning person. If you are reading this, chances are, you aren’t one either. Sometimes, I have been woken up in the early hours to instant panic. There isn’t a reason for the fear but as soon as my eyelids open I am absolutely terrified. Its a horrible feeling. When my day begins this way one of two things are bound to happen.

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Discovering I Had Social Anxiety

Discovering I Had Social Anxiety

I’ll never forget staring myself down in the mirror of the restaurant thinking to myself “This is not normal. There is something very wrong with me.”

I had just escaped my 24th birthday lunch celebration with all my coworkers, to the bathroom where I crouched, legs shaking, my neck burning, and vomiting in the stall.

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