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The Irritable Anxious: Managing Anger

The Irritable Anxious: Managing Anger

When we think of anxiety, most of us think of worry and fear. Occasionally, we may think of compulsions and obsessions, but few of us think of irritability and anger. These last two symptoms, however, are often just as distressing as the others. In fact, for some people, irritability and anger may be the most troubling symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (or GAD).

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Acceptance Is Key to Effective Anxiety Treatment

Acceptance Is Key to Effective Anxiety Treatment

If acceptance is key to effective anxiety treatments, then we must come to terms with anxiety being part of who we are. How can we do that? Read this.Without acceptance as part of our anxiety treatment, the number of ways to treat anxiety, including meditation, medication, repetitive activities, and cognitive behavioral therapy won’t work well. We are all different and experience anxiety in different ways. This means each anxiety management method has its own pros and cons for each of us, yet no anxiety treatment can be completely effective without one key ingredient: Acceptance. 

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The Common Response to Anxiety that Only Makes It Worse

The Common Response to Anxiety that Only Makes It Worse

 

A common response to anxiety is to try to make it go away. But trying to make anxiety go away won't get you far. Read this and change your response to anxiety.

Our mind’s response to anxiety affects our self-esteem, sense of control, and how we see the world around us. When we experience anxiety symptoms, our feelings and thoughts get so wound up in the body’s stress response that we may want to run. We want to shed this thing that won’t leave us alone. In my own struggle with anxiety, I’ve found a seemingly counterintuitive response to anxiety that helps me shift my experience and reduce anxiety.

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Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT to Treat Anxiety

Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT to Treat Anxiety

Using cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, to treat anxiety is a scientifically valid treatment method. Try CBT to treat your anxiety at home with these tips.Evidence shows that using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat anxiety works. Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on replacing maladaptive thoughts and behaviors with positive, healthy ones. Patients are taught to recognize, question, and refute negative behaviors and thought patterns, and then to replace them with more adaptive versions. By learning to do this, we engage in new ways of thinking and acting. Using CBT to treat anxiety helps us more effectively manage our anxiety symptoms. 

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Introduction to Melissa Renzi, Author of ‘Treating Anxiety’

Introduction to Melissa Renzi, Author of ‘Treating Anxiety’

Melissa Renzi talks about her experience with anxiety and how treating her anxiety helped turn things around. Read more about Melissa Renzi here.I’m Melissa Renzi, and I’m excited to write for the Treating Anxiety blog at HealthyPlace. While I’m a licensed social worker and yoga teacher, my greatest credential is my personal story as a sensitive soul learning to transform the anxiety I’ve experienced since early childhood. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and alone as we cope with anxiety. I believe there is great strength and healing in sharing vulnerability and I truly look forward to connecting with you and hearing your story.

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Introduction to Sarah Hackley, Author of ‘Treating Anxiety’

Introduction to Sarah Hackley, Author of ‘Treating Anxiety’

Sarah Hackley, new author of "Treating Anxiety", talks about her experience with anxiety treatment and where she plans to take the blog. Take a look.I’m Sarah Hackley, and I am thrilled to join the Treating Anxiety blog at HealthyPlace. Anxiety is a fickle illness. It shows up in many forms, frequently changes on us, and creates havoc in a myriad of ways, some of which are difficult for us to pinpoint–especially when our symptoms peak. Throughout my years of living with anxiety and studying, researching, and writing in the mental health field, I’ve learned how to identify the symptoms of anxiety and how to effectively manage them.

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How To Improve Decision-Making Despite Anxiety

How To Improve Decision-Making Despite Anxiety

Anxiety can prevent you from making decisions, but you can improve decision-making despite anxiety. Here are 5 tips to calm decision-making anxiety. Read now.

Anxiety can affect decision-making. Anxiety is a fact in the lives of many individuals, but for some it is much more present and even crippling (What is Anxiety? Anxiety Definition). For the extremely anxious, making decisions can be both difficult and burdensome.

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How to Minimize Dating Anxiety

How to Minimize Dating Anxiety

How can you minimize dating anxiety? Could you really enjoy dating, feeling excited instead of anxious? Here's a simple change that will help. Read now.

Dating is awkward and many feel anxiety about dating. Throw some clinical anxiety into the mix and you’ve got a disaster on your hands. But you can minimize anxiety about dating.

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10 Tips to Reduce Your Anxiety in 10 Minutes Or Less

10 Tips to Reduce Your Anxiety in 10 Minutes Or Less

Use these 10 tips to reduce anxiety symptoms in under 10 minutes. Reduce your anxiety now, no more suffering. Read this.

Anxiety, to put it simply, is apprehension over the unknown but you can reduce your anxiety in 10 minutes or less. Whether you are anxious about possibly leaving the oven on, or your five year plan, anxiety manifests itself as both physical and emotional responses in the body. This may leave you feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, and desperate for relief (Why Am I So Tired? Anxiety And Fatigue). Check out these 10 ways to reduce your anxiety in 10 minutes or less for help.

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The Anxious Empath: Anxiety And Other People’s Feelings

The Anxious Empath: Anxiety And Other People’s Feelings

Empaths are often anxious. Empathy is described as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. All humans have the ability to empathize in moments of tragedy, even if they have not experienced a similar situation. However, empathy is an innate trait that is more acutely developed in certain members of the population (Intense Anxiety And The Highly Sensitive Person). Empaths are individuals who are unconsciously affected by other people’s moods, desires, thoughts, and energies. They can, literally, feel the emotions of others in their bodies and attempt to carry these emotions on their shoulders without ever being asked. It’s for this reason that there are often anxious empaths.

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