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OCD Doubt and Uncertainty: One Way to Cope

OCD Doubt and Uncertainty: One Way to Cope

OCD doubt and worry can become obsessions that make you second-guess your every move. Learn one method for dealing with OCD doubt and uncertainty here. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) doubt and uncertainty is something I’ve struggled with since I was a young child. OCD is often dubbed “the doubting disease” because it makes you second-guess yourself. And uncertainty about life can make my anxiety skyrocket. OCD doubt and uncertainty about life can be debilitating, but I am finding small ways to cope.

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Anxiety While Driving — Conquering Life’s Left Turns with GAD

Anxiety While Driving — Conquering Life’s Left Turns with GAD

Anxiety while driving commonly affects people with anxiety disorders and without. My anxiety while driving hasn't kept me home. Explore driving anxiety here.

Anxiety while driving is commonplace for me. Due to generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), my brain magnifies my anxiety while driving. Even driving to a nearby store turns into a worst-case scenario in my mind’s eye. Some of this anxiety seems reasonable. Other fears involve driving activities that don’t distress the average person. When I drive, there is a specific driving anxiety I can’t conquer. I have a fear of getting into a car accident while making left turns in traffic.

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How Does Work Anxiety Hold You Back?

How Does Work Anxiety Hold You Back?

Work anxiety can hold you back. The effects of work-related anxiety impact all areas of life. Learn more about reasons for and effects of work anxiety.

If you experience work anxiety, do you find yourself losing sleep over your job, tossing and turning and staring at the ceiling as you ruminate over what went wrong, what you did wrong, and what you will do wrong at work? Do you find it hard to get out of bed because you fear what the workday has in store for you? Maybe you have anxiety attacks even before leaving the house. When you experience any of this, your anxiety casts its evil spell and has you under its control even before you enter your workplace. Starting the day this way is a set-up for yet another daily struggle with anxiety. This battle with work anxiety gets in the way and holds you back from fully doing the job you need and want to do.

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Is Anxiety a Real Mental Illness?

Is Anxiety a Real Mental Illness?

Is anxiety is a real mental illness? Learn why anxiety is a real mental disorder--and also when it is not a mental disorder. Let's clear it up. Read this.True or false: Anxiety is a real mental illness? That is a bit of an irritating question, isn’t it? For one thing, it’s a true-or-false question, and those are inherently obnoxious. I’ve never been a black-and-white thinker, and from kindergarten through graduate school, I struggled with true-or-false questions because I couldn’t see absolutes. Things haven’t changed for me in this regard. Regarding the statement “anxiety is a real mental illness,” I can see that the statement is both true and false. I realize that this is a vague and probably unsatisfactory answer to a hotly debated topic. Here’s a look at that question and its answer (or lack thereof).

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Is It Anxiety or a Medical Condition?

Is It Anxiety or a Medical Condition?

Do you have anxiety or a medical condition? Or both? Learn many of the medical conditions that share anxiety's symptoms and find out what to do about them.Is it anxiety or a medical condition? It can be hard to tell because anxiety can feel miserable throughout the entire body, and symptoms can be frightening enough to cause people to wonder if they have anxiety or a medical condition. Not knowing what your symptoms mean can increase existing anxiety or cause new anxieties and worries. Of course, that can worsen physical symptoms and that, in turn, increase worries. Worrying whether you have anxiety or a medical condition can become a vicious cycle of worry, physical discomfort or pain, and worsening mental– and physical health. Knowing what medical conditions share symptoms with anxiety can help you sort out the healing approach that is best for you.

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Calm Anxious Negative Thoughts in Seconds

Calm Anxious Negative Thoughts in Seconds

Anxious negative thoughts can be a thing of the past when you change your focus. Reduce anxiety and change anxious negative thoughts by doing this one thing.

Anxious negative thoughts play a huge role in the worries, fears, and what-ifs of all types of anxiety. In turn, the worries, fears, and what-ifs fuel anxious negative thoughts. The relationship between our thoughts and our anxiety is complex, enmeshed, and downright unhealthy for us. That said, you are neither a victim nor a prisoner of your anxious negative thoughts. Despite how it might seem, you can change how you think and reduce anxiety in the process by making one shift.

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Does Uncertainty Cause Your Anxiety and Worry?

Does Uncertainty Cause Your Anxiety and Worry?

Intolerance of uncertainty and anxiety relate directly to one another. Not knowing what to expect can truly interfere in your life. Learn why and how it does.Do you hate the anxiety that uncertainty causes? Does not knowing cause you intolerable stress? If not knowing what might happen, officially called uncertainty intolerance, makes you worry so much that it’s interfering with your life, know that you’re not alone. Many people who have anxiety, whether or not it’s an anxiety disorder such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), also have difficulty living with any sort of uncertainty.

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Health Insurance Anxiety–Minding the Gap

Health Insurance Anxiety–Minding the Gap

My health insurance anxiety is peaking because I can no longer afford insurance. I'm terrified. I have three anxiety disorders. What am I supposed to do now?

My anxiety over health insurance since my divorce 15 months ago, is increasing daily. While married, I was covered as a dependent under Tricare, the military’s insurance. When I moved to Idaho and eventually divorced, I found myself in what is called “the gap” in Idaho’s health care coverage.1 It is a hole in Idaho’s health insurance plan where thousands of Idahoans do not have affordable access to healthcare coverage. Because my daughter is on her father’s insurance, I am not eligible for Medicaid. As it stands, I receive no tax credit for insurance because of my income bracket. Therefore, affordable rates for health insurance aren’t available to me. I need anxiety treatment, and this anxiety over health insurance is not helping.

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Two Main Causes of Anxiety You Can Do Something About

Two Main Causes of Anxiety You Can Do Something About

These main causes of anxiety produce many unpleasant anxiety symptoms. What are two main anxiety causes and what can you do about them? Learn that answer here.

Sometimes, knowing the main causes of anxiety isn’t necessary. Sometimes, it’s not even desirable because working to uncover the causes of your anxiety could do more harm than good. There are times, however, that knowing the main cause of your anxiety can be very helpful because it gives you something tangible to address. Let’s look at two main causes of anxiety and discover how to remove them.

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Stop the Anxious Running Commentary in Your Head

Stop the Anxious Running Commentary in Your Head

A non-stop anxious running commentary in your head makes you feel overly worried or afraid. Learn to quiet the anxious running commentary through understanding.Anxiety jabbers incessantly, creating maddening and anxious running commentary in our heads. To make it worse, anxiety acts as a translator and interprets what we hear and see, twisting things into its own warped ideas. With anxiety translating messages we receive, we often misinterpret the world around us. Anxiety’s untrustworthy thoughts lead to self-doubt, faulty reasoning, negative beliefs, overthinking, and overanalyzing. Becoming aware of how the anxious voice in your head translates our incoming messages is an important step in correcting the translations and quieting the anxious running commentary that interrupts your inner speech.

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