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Is It An Anxiety Attack or An Asthma Attack?

Is It An Anxiety Attack or An Asthma Attack?

Is it an anxiety attack or an asthma attack? This is a question that those of us with both frequently ask when we feel short of breath, have chest pain, and are light-headed (Panic Attack Symptoms: Warning Signs of Panic Attacks). If you are in doubt you should call 911 or whatever your emergency number is, but there are some ways to tell if it is an asthma attack or an anxiety attack.

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3 Herbal Remedies People with Anxiety Need to Know About

3 Herbal Remedies People with Anxiety Need to Know About

Do you know there are herbal remedies for anxiety? I have an extremely annoying neighbor. He was up all night laughing last night, which means I didn’t get any sleep. This has been going on for weeks. Talking to him hasn’t done any good. My anger and annoyance, fueled by sleep deprivation, are rapidly approaching homicidal ideation. Fortunately, there are three herbal remedies I know that help ease the raging anxiety.

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Noise Sensitivity: When The World Is Too Loud

Noise Sensitivity: When The World Is Too Loud

Noise Sensitivity and Mental Health

Noise sensitivity can be likened to nails on a blackboard. The constant buzz and whir of music, technology, the buzzing of Facebook notifications, ringing phones and loud conversations can be overwhelming.   This sensitivity to noise is known as hyperacusis, a condition that arises from a problem in the way the brain processes noise.

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Social Anxiety: The Power of Anyway and No Way!

Social Anxiety: The Power of Anyway and No Way!

Once upon a time, a woman confident upon the stage, attended a TEDx event.  The woman wove her way through the crowd to find her seat and settled in.  The speakers were engaging, the topics diverse and she sat at  rapt attention. At the 1st break, the woman stepped out for fresh air.  Except that it wasn’t fresh and there was no air.  Everyone else was taking all of the air.  She found herself swallowed up in the crowd and each time she re-established her personal space, the school of fish moved in again like a moving wall.  She spent every break wishing for a few moments of silence.  Even going outside the building brought no piece, the fish simply found another route to the “food”.  The woman in this story is me and the story is about social anxiety, panic and the effects of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) on the ability to persevere.

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PTSD Triggers: Rewriting Our Truth Lessens Their Power

PTSD Triggers: Rewriting Our Truth Lessens Their Power

PTSD triggers. For those of us with a mental health diagnosis (diagnoses), the definition of a trigger is far more than a level with a catch or means of releasing it. Triggers are a response to stimuli and a result of past trauma. PTSD triggers can include certain odors, a particular tone of voice, certain objects, places and so much more. The brain creates a physiological response: increased heart rate and respiration, sweating, a need to escape, a need for silence, sleeplessness, hyper vigilance and so much more. Responses to triggers are unique to each individual. No cookie cutter responses here!

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Your Mental Health Toolbox: Journaling As Self-Care

Your Mental Health Toolbox: Journaling As Self-Care

A mental health diagnosis carries with it both distress and blessings.

Distress emanates from the depression, stigma, the delicate balance of medication, therapy and building a positive support system.  Blessings come from learning passionate self-care and finding expressive outlets for the sometimes overwhelming emotions and triggers.

Enter journaling.  Journaling can take many forms:  Old school on paper, digitally in journaling programs such as Penzu, a password protected journaling app (penzu.com) or Day One, an app for your mobile device (http://dayoneapp.com/) or art journaling, which combines text, color and a multitude of available mediums for self-expression.

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Mantras and Recovery: Mind Over What’s The Matter

Mantras and Recovery: Mind Over What’s The Matter

Can adding mantras to your self-care routine help with your mental health recovery?

For many, the answer is yes.  As we think, we become.  When we choose to change our thought processes, we have the ability to become more resilient, to change the way our brain neurons fire and to choose courageously to move forward.   Science agrees. In a 2009 study, Italian physicians studied the effect on the cardiovascular system of reciting the Ave Maria, the rosary or a yogic mantra.  The result:  Prayer and mantras increased cardiovascular function when  recited six times a minute.  SOURCE:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC61046/

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Stressed Out? Connecting Stress to Mental Illness!

Stressed Out? Connecting Stress to Mental Illness!

Receiving the diagnosis of mental illness is frightening and the process we take to recover can feel impossible. Add in a little–or a lot–of stress and what feels impossible can become impossible. This is why it`s important to recognize the difference between stress and possible relapse.

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The Connection Between Anxiety and Insomnia

The Connection Between Anxiety and Insomnia

Mental illness is often connected to anxiety and its best bud insomnia. Often, it is believed to be a concurrent illness–connected to the primary diagnosis– bipolar disorder for example. In my life it is hard to separate anxiety from insomnia. They invade my life together. Sometimes they hang around for a night or two and leave me in peace, and sometimes they signal something bigger. Relapse.

An Example of Insomnia and Anxiety…

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The Connection Between Stress and Mental Illness

The Connection Between Stress and Mental Illness

Mental illness is commonly connected to stress and anxiety. Before a person receives treatment for mental illness they often experience stress due to the behavior exhibited when they were ill. Behavior that can cause feelings of guilt, shame and depression. Understanding the connection between stress and mental illness is important but it isn’t always easy to separate and understand the symptoms.

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