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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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My EMDR Therapist Helped Decrease My Anxiety

My EMDR Therapist Helped Decrease My Anxiety

I’ve been seeing a therapist for a while to help decrease my anxiety. We generally just talk, but, today, we tried something new. Well, it was new for me, anyway. He’s been using eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy for a number of years with his other clients. We did a session today using EMDR, and my therapist really helped me decrease my anxiety levels.

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7 Ways 12-Step Groups Help Anxiety Disorder

7 Ways 12-Step Groups Help Anxiety Disorder

You probably know that 12-step groups help with things like alcoholism and codependency, but did you know 12-step groups can also help anxiety disorder? Such groups are a great way to alleviate loneliness, plus they help with building self-esteem and gratitude. Over time, 12-step groups can help the pain of anxiety disorder.

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Tips for Diagnosing and Treating Anxiety in Elderly People

Tips for Diagnosing and Treating Anxiety in Elderly People

Diagnosing and treating anxiety in the elderly can be tricky. Read these tips for effectively diagnosing and treating elder anxiety disorders.

We live in a time where mental health issues like anxiety disorders are being taken more seriously as the illnesses that they are. Real progress has been made in recent years in reducing the mental health stigma surrounding anxiety. We’re talking about it more and learning to treat anxiety better. There’s also an overall softening of social attitudes about it.

Anxiety disorder is the most common form of mental illness, and people are finally starting to recognize the devastating impact it can have on parents, children, families, and friends. Except, one population with a huge increase in anxiety diagnoses is being neglected: anxiety in elderly people.

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Dealing with Feeling ’Out of Control’

Dealing with Feeling ’Out of Control’

Anxiety: Why You Should Get Your Hopes Up

Treating anxiety you have to teach yourself not to be dismissive, learn not to auto-pilot the waves of panic. Not everything’s about ‘getting over it’. Doesn’t really matter what your “it” is, the principle’s the same. This isn’t jumping over the moon, this is getting up today, not making yourself sicker

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Living with Anxiety: Emotional Health

Living with Anxiety: Emotional Health

What don’t you have if you’re struggling with anxiety? Emotional health. Not the most earth-shattering statement but pertinent, all the same. Do you really know what’s missing, though? I’m not always sure. Even when I think of a definition it changes, develops as I go through the bump and grind of ‘one step forward, two steps back’, alters everytime a PTSD trigger whacks me across the head with a 2×4.

It may even be that you’ve been anxious so long the concept of emotional health seems pie in the sky.

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You Don’t Look Sick! Anxiety as Invisible Illness

You Don’t Look Sick! Anxiety as Invisible Illness

You don’t look sick! No, I don’t. It shouldn’t be an accusation, either.

One of the worst parts of having an anxiety disorder, or any other invisible illness, is how hard it is to explain to someone when they don’t have the first notion. It becomes almost a routine battle, feeling sick on the inside while knowing the world thinks you look fine.

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Anxiety Wants You in a Box: Getting Out and Staying Well

Anxiety Wants You in a Box: Getting Out and Staying Well

Anxiety likes to keep us in boxes. Little boxes, with four walls and a steady stream of same, same, similar, same. Don’t stray too far now. Don’t, should, must,... and after a while your mind stops using the windows, let alone the door.

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