Anxiety

Anxiety and Alcohol: Why Trying to Treat Anxiety with Alcohol Makes Problems Worse 

Anxiety and Alcohol: Why Trying to Treat Anxiety with Alcohol Makes Problems Worse  150 150 Aware Behavioral Health

For a long time, alcohol has been called “liquid courage.” Some people like it as a go to solution when faced with a situation that triggers nerves or fear, and many people do find, at least initially, that taking a drink of alcohol after a stressful day or drinking before a social situation can reduce some feelings of anxiety. Unfortunately, alcohol is far from the effective anxiety treatment that it may initially seem when you begin drinking. Regular alcohol consumption can in fact make your anxiety worse. This is how the science behind anxiety can affect you and why it…

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Why Seek Treatment for Panic Disorder? 

Why Seek Treatment for Panic Disorder?  150 150 Aware Behavioral Health

A panic attack is a frightening emotional and physiological event. During the attack, a person is overwhelmed with a sense of fear and experiences an activation of the fight or flight reaction, including rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, and muscle tension in such a way that a panic attack can even feel like a heart attack. When you have panic disorder, you may experience these panic attacks frequently. In the moments where you feel fine, you could still be left dreading the next panic attack or on edge waiting for one of your triggers, until it feels like panic disorder has…

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How to Prevent Addiction with Benzos for Anxiety Treatment 

How to Prevent Addiction with Benzos for Anxiety Treatment  150 150 Aware Behavioral Health

Benzodiazepines, often shortened to benzos, are an extremely beneficial drug to treat different anxiety disorders like panic disorder or social anxiety. They are highly effective in providing intermediate relief when someone is experiencing a panic attack or intense anxiety by increasing dopamine levels in the brain and making the body feel more relaxed, similar to the way alcohol relaxes. But like opioids and other prescription medication, misuse of benzodiazepines can lead to addiction. This is why it is important to work with your psychiatrist when taking medication for anxiety and be aware of any signs that could indicate that you…

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Understanding the Differences Between Anxiety Attacks and Panic Attacks

Understanding the Differences Between Anxiety Attacks and Panic Attacks 150 150 Aware Behavioral Health

Worry and stress are natural responses to difficult or dangerous situations. But when panic or anxiety are triggered without an immediate cause, you can find yourself experiencing a panic attack or anxiety attack. These are both mental and physical responses that are intense enough that they can interrupt daily situations. Although there are some similarities between panic and anxiety attacks, they are not the same. Being able to tell which one you are experiencing can help you determine the best course of action to manage your symptoms. Panic Attacks vs. Anxiety Attacks – How to Manage Them An anxiety attack…

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Who Does PTSD Affect?

Who Does PTSD Affect? 150 150 Aware Behavioral Health

Post traumatic stress disorder was first known as “shell shock” in the years following WWI when it was primarily a diagnosis for veterans. Today, veterans are still one of the groups that often experience PTSD, but they are not the only ones. PTSD is a condition that can occur to any person, of any age, gender, or background. About 8% of people live with PTSD at some point, often – but not always – in response to a frightening event or a harmful experience. Others might develop PTSD after witnessing an event that occurred to someone else or having a…

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Outside Causes of Insomnia 

Outside Causes of Insomnia  150 150 Aware Behavioral Health

Living with insomnia can be extremely frustrating. You lie down to go to sleep, feeling tired, but as soon as your head hits the pillow, you find you are wide awake and no amount of tossing and turning can help you fall asleep. Many people who experience this attribute it simply to insomnia, but only about 10% of insomnia diagnoses are pure insomnia, meaning they have no outside cause. More often, insomnia is the result of another mental health challenge, but effective treatment will involve looking at both issues concurrently.  External Causes of Insomnia  Some of the most frequent mental…

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When Should You See a Psychiatrist for Anxiety? 

When Should You See a Psychiatrist for Anxiety?  150 150 Aware Behavioral Health

Worry and stress are natural responses in the body. In small amounts, they keep us alert and performing well during situations that are high stakes. As a result, everyone will feel the fear and worry associated with anxiety at some point. In the past few years, health concerns, intense news, and seemingly endless stressors have caused many people to feel worry almost continuously. This can lead you to wonder if this anxiety is a response you can deal with on your own and one that will go away with time, or if you should seek the help of a psychiatrist…

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Causes of Anxiety in College Students

Causes of Anxiety in College Students 150 150 Aware Behavioral Health

College is often touted as an exciting time in life where young adults will enjoy new experiences, make new friends, and begin establishing themselves as adults in the world. But all too often, young people get to college and find themselves instead overwhelmed by stress and anxiety. In addition to making the normal routines of college difficult, anxiety can have particularly adverse effects on a young mind. Unfortunately, the brains of young adults and the college environment readily contribute to anxiety, leaving more than 60% of students to experience anxiety. Why College Students are More Likely to Experience Anxiety  Living…

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How to Manage Stressful Situations Without Jeopardizing Your Wellbeing

How to Manage Stressful Situations Without Jeopardizing Your Wellbeing 150 150 Aware Behavioral Health

Living through stressful situations takes a toll on your mental and physical health. While more limited periods of stress can get you through challenging situations, continuing stress will begin to put you at risk for mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and panic disorder, as well as physical health issues. Being able to manage stress effectively will help limit the more intense symptoms you can experience when you start to feel overwhelmed. Instead, management techniques will keep you in control so that you remain effective while dealing with stress and are able to maintain your mental health in high stakes…

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Specific vs Complex Phobias: Understanding Your Fears

Specific vs Complex Phobias: Understanding Your Fears 150 150 Aware Behavioral Health

When you think of phobias, terms like claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces) or arachnophobia (fear of spiders) may first come to mind. These are two very common phobias, along with others like fear of heights, needles, and flying. These are specific phobias, or simple phobias, since they involve a specific subject. The other type of phobias are complex phobias, and include social phobia and agoraphobia. Those who experience one of these phobias can have symptoms of worry, fear, and panic in response to a variety of situations and triggers. A better understanding of the phobia you are experiencing can often…

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