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Cognitive Restructuring: A CBT Technique for Social Anxiety

Cognitive Restructuring: A CBT Technique for Social Anxiety

Cognitive restructuring is a cognitive behavioral therapy technique to help you reduce social anxiety. Try this cognitive restructuring exercise for yourself.

Cognitive restructuring is one technique used in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat social anxiety. Cognitive restructuring, sometimes called cognitive refocusing, entails identifying and challenging irrational thoughts that often lead to social anxiety symptoms.

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Managing Specific Fears or Phobias with an Anxiety Disorder

Managing Specific Fears or Phobias with an Anxiety Disorder

Specific fears and phobias can make general anxiety symptoms worse. Here are some ways you can deal with increased anxiety from specific fears or phobias. Nearly all of us with anxiety disorders have a specific fear or phobia that sends our anxiety into overdrive. For some people, it may be a fear of public speaking. For others, the specific fear or phobia may be the subway or dentist appointments. Whatever it is, the fear sends our hearts racing and this specific fear or phobia makes managing our everyday levels of anxiety that much harder.

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Overwhelmed? Battle Anxiety in Three Steps

Overwhelmed? Battle Anxiety in Three Steps

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Anxiety level skyrocketing? Take control of overwhelming anxiety and stress these three steps. Take a look.Everyone gets overwhelmed. We all have times when life is stressful or we’ve signed up for–or been given–more than we can easily handle. For those of us with anxiety, however, feeling overwhelmed can quickly transform into outright terror. But you can battle the anxiety that comes from feeling overwhelmed with these stress relief tips.

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Managing Anxiety During Natural Disasters

Managing Anxiety During Natural Disasters

Managing anxiety during a natural disaster can be overwhelming. But here are tips you can use before and after natural disasters that will help you during one.

Anxiety is a constant companion that catastrophizes everything and makes even the smallest worries seem insurmountable. So what happens when a major event or trauma arises? How do we manage anxiety levels that – in the face of actual disaster – quickly could become crippling? 

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Managing Our Anxiety About Terrorist Attacks

Managing Our Anxiety About Terrorist Attacks

The actual risk of terrorist attack is remote, so why does it make us so anxious? Learn what we can do to better manage our anxiety about terrorist attacks.

Managing our anxiety about terrorist attacks is hard. It’s so abhorrent and baffling that it’s difficult to get our minds around it. It’s extremely upsetting.

Terrorist attacks in Western countries like France and the United States are a very recent phenomenon. Here in the West, we’re still adjusting to the fact that terrorism has become part of our experience, too. It’s no longer something that only happens in far-away places that we’ve never heard of, or know very little about. As we’re managing our own anxiety about terrorist attacks, we’re also having to learn how to discuss war and terrorism with our children.

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Anxiety: Why You Think You’re Crazy but Probably Aren’t

Anxiety: Why You Think You’re Crazy but Probably Aren’t

Feel free to question my emotional competence but I’m not insane. For that matter, most people with mental illness are not insane.

This may be obvious but for many it’s not. Anyway, how many times have you thought, ‘oh goodness, I must be really losing it this time’ during the course of mental health difficulties?
It’s a common concern that can dramatically increase the amount of anxiety a person experiences. It may also inhibit their ability to trust, and to ask for help.

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Mental Illness and Other People’s Standards

Mental Illness and Other People’s Standards

On acceptance, anxiety and guilt

Life with mental illness isn’t always fun. Not just because I have a real illness, and that real illness really does affect my life but because some folks have trouble accepting this. I’m not entirely sure why except they don’t like the thought that someone with mental illness can “zomg, look just like them,” and still be quite unwell.

That’s the thing about invisible illness: Once revealed, people around you may feel conned, manipulated, lied to. Even though you’ve done nothing wrong.

Yeah, I’m guilty of being unwell in the general vicinity, of having mental health issues and having a life anyway. Sorry about that. Next time I’ll wear my “mentally interesting” t-shirt so you can detect the crazy, before it gets in your Coke.
*passes the tin-foil hat*

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Helpless, Hopeless? It Doesn’t Have to Always Be That Way

Helpless, Hopeless? It Doesn’t Have to Always Be That Way

I come up against this wall plenty, in treating anxiety: Combating the sense of hopelessness, of powerlessness, that only too often accompanies the worst symptoms of anxiety disorders.

  • How do I not get stuck when simply feeling things seems way above my pay grade?

“If you know neither yourself nor your enemy,
you will always endanger yourself.”

The Art of War

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When Anxiety Spells Doom: How Harold Camping Makes Us Doubt Ourselves

When Anxiety Spells Doom: How Harold Camping Makes Us Doubt Ourselves

Tomorrow is Judgment Day, according to the followers of Harold Camping. Believers say they will be taken up to Heaven, while the rest of us anxiously await the apocalypse, come October 21 2011.

I have to ask:

  • If the end of the world is tomorrow, why don’t more of us believe it?

Anxiety and ego strength

The answer says a lot about the way people deal with self-doubt, anxiety. And this is just one example of catastrophic, prepare-thyselves thinking.

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Is Anxiety Toxic? Mind-Body Solutions to Stress?

Is Anxiety Toxic? Mind-Body Solutions to Stress?

  • Is panic emotional pollution?

Running on adrenaline, cortisol -the fear center of the brain staging neurochemical warfare on your nervous system- is the equivalent of climate change. It’s dangerous. It’s doing your whole system damage you can’t even see: Forests for trees.

Anxiety: I can’t stand it anymore

Anxiety alters the way our minds and bodies respond to stress so that it’s harder, in the long term, to return to a state of calm and restfulness.

I can’t stand it anymore. If you have an anxiety disorder, you know what I mean.

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