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What to Do When Anxiety Affects Concentration

What to Do When Anxiety Affects Concentration

Is anxiety affecting your concentration? The inability to concentrate is a challenging anxiety symptom that affects many. Here are some ideas to get past it.

Is anxiety affecting your concentration? If you suffer from anxiety, you likely know that a common anxiety symptom is difficulty in concentration. Anxiety can send us into a true tailspin of disruptive and irrational thinking that can affect our ability to focus.

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5 Ways to Ease Seasonal Anxiety Naturally

5 Ways to Ease Seasonal Anxiety Naturally

You can manage seasonal anxiety naturally, without medication in many cases. Learn how to ease seasonal anxiety naturally with these simple tips.

I experience seasonal anxiety, so naturally I expect it–but never as soon as it appears. Today I peered out the window, and there it was. A wave of anxiety rolled through my body. It was a familiar jolt that reacted to a common anxiety trigger—a cold, blustery day with a sky darker than my favorite charcoal gray t-shirt. Autumn is here and winter is coming. Naturally, seasonal anxiety is too.

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Why Anxiety Makes You Feel Stupid and Like a Failure

Why Anxiety Makes You Feel Stupid and Like a Failure

Do you wonder why anxiety makes you feel stupid and like a failure? Learn why anxiety can make you feel worthless, and what you can do to fight back. Read this.

Does your anxiety ever make you feel like a failure? Does it ever make you feel stupid? A reader’s comment on my post, Top 10 Anxiety-Friendly Jobs really got me thinking about this issue. They indicated that anxiety at work had caused them to exhibit some of the common signs of low self-esteem, including difficulty holding down a job, and becoming easily confused and forgetful. Because I’ve struggled mightily with these same issues at work, it also got me thinking about other reasons why anxiety makes you feel stupid and like a failure.

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Getting Through a Day Paralyzed by Anxiety and Depression

Getting Through a Day Paralyzed by Anxiety and Depression

Feeling paralyzed by anxiety makes it tough to get through your day. Here's how I get through a day when I'm paralyzed by anxiety and depression.

Living with mental health issues means there will be days where you feel paralyzed by anxiety and depression. Because comorbid depression and anxiety are so common with different mental illnesses, nearly everyone who struggles with mental health will have to get through a day feeling paralyzed by anxiety and depression. I had one today, and man, it was rough. But, the good news is, I got through it.

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Beware of Fake Concern About Anxiety and Depression

Beware of Fake Concern About Anxiety and Depression

Fake concern about anxiety and depression has probably been with us since homo sapiens first swung out of the trees around 200,000 years ago. Humans with depression, anxiety and panic, mental illness, and mood disorders have always been discriminated against, in virtually every society in history. That said, great strides have been made to end mental health stigma, and portray people with mental health issues as just that: ordinary people. However, some of the concern certain people express about depression and anxiety is actually little more than a smokescreen for more discrimination. In other words, it’s a fake out. Here’s how to spot fake concerns about anxiety and depression and protect yourself against it.

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When the Walls of Anxiety Are Closing In, How Do You Cope?

When the Walls of Anxiety Are Closing In, How Do You Cope?

This week, the walls of anxiety are closing in. The world appears absolutely insane, and I feel like a dog in a plastic kennel that’s too small, pacing and turning in an ever-tightening circle.

I have no anxiety tips, tricks, or techniques for you this week, because I feel like absolute crap. I seem to always make videos or audio posts when I’m in crisis too. I don’t know why that is.

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Waking Up with Anxiety. Why Can’t I Just Get Out of Bed?

Waking Up with Anxiety. Why Can’t I Just Get Out of Bed?

Coping with morning anxiety. Tips to start the day and manage panic. From Kate White, Treating Anxiety blog.

Is your anxiety worse in the morning? Do you think, ‘why can’t I just get out bed’?

I’m rarely on speaking terms with breakfast. The thought of getting up, a whole new day, it can be paralyzing. I’m told it isn’t this way for everyone. Nor does a cup of coffee fix it, would that it could. If you have an anxiety disorder, or experience panic, it’s not uncommon to find mornings particularly tough.

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The Links Between Anxiety, Anger and Depression

The Links Between Anxiety, Anger and Depression

Anger can be the match that sparks a dip in your mood or a bout with anxiety, and according to what I’ve been reading recently this is because the part of your brain that normally keeps a lid on angry feelings is impaired when you’re depressed.

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Amy Winehouse, Anxiety and Grief

Amy Winehouse, Anxiety and Grief

What does Amy Winehouse have to do with anxiety? And why are certain kinds of worries, stresses, triumphs easier to feel? Kate White, Treating Anxiety Blog.

As a friend of mine pointed out, there was a weird thing happening in cyberspace this week: People were rationing grief. Portioning it up like that really can be done, like any of us could put a cap on sadness, anger, denial, fear.

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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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