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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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Anxiety in Romantic Relationships — It’s Complicated

Anxiety in Romantic Relationships — It’s Complicated

Anxiety in romantic relationships adds an extra level of complication. Learn about anxiety in your romantic relationships and how to counteract its effects.Anxiety in romantic relationships, for better or worse, complicates love. I’ve had a variety of significant others. Some partners were supportive of my mental conditions, while others were not sympathetic to any significant degree. I’ve had to deal with many problems, such as rejection and anxiety about the state of my relationships. Though anxiety complicates my romantic relationships, it doesn’t make romance impossible for me.

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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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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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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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When Performance Anxiety Steals the Show

When Performance Anxiety Steals the Show

Performance anxiety is stealing my dream of being a professional singer. I studied singing in college, but performance anxiety wreaked havoc on any performance.

Performance anxiety may prevent me from living my dream of singing professionally. Since junior high school, choir teachers and audience members commented on my anxious stage presence. I loved to sing with other people in unison or harmony, but when it came to solos, I was a nervous wreck. I was the recipient of the “Every Which Way but Loose” award in high school choir because onstage, I simply couldn’t relax and enjoy performing. Performance anxiety was front and center at every concert, and it often stole my spotlight.

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Four Common Ways Anxiety Manipulates You and Causes Symptoms

Four Common Ways Anxiety Manipulates You and Causes Symptoms

There are common ways that anxiety manipulates you and causes symptoms. Anxiety tries to control your life by manipulating you with these four tactics.

Anxiety manipulates you. It’s not just you, of course, but anxiety would like you to believe that it’s only you. Anxiety is insidious, creeping and crawling through your brain, your mind, and your body. Anxiety causes its own symptoms but blames them on you. When you live with anxiety, you are dealing with this thing that takes on a life of its own and controls how you view yourself, others, and the world in general. There are things anxiety does to manipulate you and cause symptoms. 

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Anxiety and Panic Overstimulate the Brain–Mindfulness Helps

Anxiety and Panic Overstimulate the Brain–Mindfulness Helps

Anxiety and panic often overstimulate the brain by pulling in too much sensory information. Mindfulness helps during these times of panic. Here's why.

Anxiety and panic can overstimulate the brain, rocket our senses into hyperactivity, and make us feel wired. When we feel keyed-up and on edge, it can feel as though nothing will help. Here we are at risk of jumping right out of our own skin, which would do nothing more than increase both anxiety and panic, and there’s not a thing we can do to settle down. Or is there? It can seem counter-intuitive, but practicing mindfulness when we’re at our most agitated can help when anxiety and panic overstimulate your brain. 

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