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Does Social Media Cause Anxiety or Help Anxiety?

Does Social Media Cause Anxiety or Help Anxiety?

Does social media cause anxiety or help reduce it? Learn why social media does (and doesn't) create anxiety for this anxiety sufferer at HealthyPlace. Does social media cause your anxiety? Join us for the discussion.

Does social media cause anxiety or not? Though social media is often seen as something that provokes anxiety, I find that social media platforms can be useful in alleviating my anxiety symptoms. I am anxious when I see disturbing news or opposing political views on my social media. But having an online support group for my anxiety disorders and my life, post-divorce, has been invaluable to me. For this and many other reasons, I find my social media to be a bit of a double-edged sword regarding anxiety management and knowing whether social media is causing anxiety.

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Doubt and Uncertainty

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Doubt and Uncertainty

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. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is often dubbed “the doubting disease” because it makes you second-guess yourself. And uncertainty about life can make my anxiety skyrocket. Obsessive-compulsive disorder doubt and uncertainty about life can be debilitating, but I am finding small ways to cope.

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Why Does OCD Makes You Doubt Yourself?

Why Does OCD Makes You Doubt Yourself?

OCD makes you doubt yourself and become your own worst critic. Here, I explore the many ways in which OCD skews my self-perception and makes you doubt yourself.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) makes me doubt myself, turning me into my own worst critic. Self-deprecation is my specialty. “Don’t be so hard on yourself,” is a phrase I hear from someone else every other day. And yes, I am hard on myself, but I feel I am not as hard on myself as I should be. I had an entirely different article written and dismissed it as being (choice phrases that I won’t say on this blog). It is difficult to live in a partially self-constructed mental prison. Obsessive-compulsive disorder makes me doubt myself. It makes me my own worst critic of everything I do, say, or think. 

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Recognize OCD Rituals to Find Self-Understanding and Relief

Recognize OCD Rituals to Find Self-Understanding and Relief

Once I recognized my OCD rituals, I was able to find some relief from OCD. Identifying OCD rituals is a journey of self-discovery that leads to greater peace.

Recognizing obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) rituals can be an important journey of self-discovery. Obsessive-compulsive disorder sufferers often have mental rituals that help lessen their worries and unwanted thoughts. When a sufferer performs an OCD ritual, it can temporarily help relieve anxiety. The rituals may seem illogical to those who don’t have the disorder. But to those who suffer from this often-devastating condition, recognizing OCD rituals and their triggers can sometimes lead to greater self-understanding and relief.

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Slow Anxiety’s Racing Thoughts with Your Senses

Slow Anxiety’s Racing Thoughts with Your Senses

Anxiety causes thoughts to race through our minds. Tuning into the senses helps pull us away from racing anxious thoughts and into the outer world.

Anxiety brings with it a seemingly endless list of struggles and frustrations. A very common frustration and, for me, incredibly bothersome is anxiety’s loud, unrelenting hyperactivity. The feeling of hyperactivity is sometimes related to anxiety’s racing thoughts.

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True OCD is More Than a Compulsion for Neatness

True OCD is More Than a Compulsion for Neatness

I’m sure you’ve heard these statements:

  • He’s so OCD.
  • Quit being so OCD.
  • This is just my OCD coming out.

The term OCD has become common in our society.  Stigma turned OCD into an adjective that we frequently use to describe someone who likes things a certain way. However, OCD, short for obsessive-compulsive disorder, is much more than a compulsion for neatness.

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Coping With Anxiety When You Travel: Will I Be Okay?

Coping With Anxiety When You Travel: Will I Be Okay?

Do you have travel anxiety? Has anxiety affected your travel plans and/or preparations?

Traveling can bring up tons of worries: Will I be okay? What if something happens to people back home while I am away? What if I am alone and afraid? What if the plane crashes? What if it is overwhelming? What if I miss the plane, or hate my accommodations? What if I get lost? What if I am homesick, but stuck there? What if I can’t get home? What if someone gets mad at me? What if I get anxious?

You name the worry, I have heard it and then some. All these worries just about make you want to stay home!

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Let Go of Perfectionism

Let Go of Perfectionism

The very first assistant I hired never made a mistake on my schedule, and my clients loved her because she was so kind with them on the phone. She had great ideas and an ability to find the answer to a problem no matter how long it took.

The problem was that it took forever. Everything took forever. Nothing was ever done because she did it over and over to get it just right.  At the same time, she had trouble showing up. Yes, I mean she often didn’t come to work. If she couldn’t come on time and perfectly ready to work, she didn’t come. And anything and everything was an excuse.

Her perfectionism made her unable to function. Let go of perfectionism: it is grossly inefficient and could get you fired.

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Goodbye OCD! (video)

Goodbye OCD! (video)

For the last few weeks, I have invited readers to say goodbye to their problems in my post Dear Fear: A “Dear John” Letter To Anxiety. I shared one reader’s letter to fear last week: “Fear, You Are Not Welcome Here!”

Today, I am sharing a Goodbye letter from another one of my readers. Ken from Redeker’s Travels wrote a Goodbye Letter to his OCD. His powerful words remind us that we can all change our relationship to our fears. Here, I read Goodbye OCD for you on video. Please watch.

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