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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

We live in a time where mental health issues like anxiety disorders are being taken more seriously as the real 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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Anxiety Denied Is Not Anxiety Extinguished

Anxiety Denied Is Not Anxiety Extinguished

Fear denied, repressed, suppressed, or put out of mind is not fear extinguished.

Treating anxiety: ‘as if’

I’ve been told that acting ‘as if’ I’m not nearly as anxious as I am is a helpful thing. It’s also dangerous. As with almost any technique sometimes is fine but if you’re anything like me and you’ll do whatever you have to do to be able to put your anxiety aside and function, and if what you want is to go on with as much of life as you can, uninterrupted by fear, then it can become destabilizing.

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Psychiatry is a Tool. Use It.

Psychiatry is a Tool. Use It.

“The meds don’t work!” I hear it a lot. From rational people. It’s shorthand, a way to tell me that psychiatry has failed them. Unfortunately it’s also used as a vantage point from which to argue that psychiatric medications are universal bunkum. I find this insulting; It implies those taking medication for mental health issues are at least a little clueless, prone to hypochondria. One step barely removed from calling the lot of us hysterics. So much for a century of scientific research and advocacy.

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My Crazy Meds Are Crazier Than I’ll Ever Be: Psychiatry, Anxiety and Depression

My Crazy Meds Are Crazier Than I’ll Ever Be: Psychiatry, Anxiety and Depression

Psychiatric treatment is a relationship between you, your mental illness, your drugs, and your doctor(s). That relationship is what matters most when it comes to ensuring medications treat actual mental health issues.
Taking the meds out of clinical practice and studying them in a lab is not only difficult but results in mixed outcomes. The kind we see reflected in the studies which the press pick up on.

Just this week I’ve read that the drugs don’t work, that it’s all a big fraud, and that the next Big Pharma pill will cure everything.

Psychiatry, like democracy, is the worst form of treatment except for all the others that have been tried

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