Anxiety

Neurotransmitters and Happiness: How to Influence Your Brain Chemistry

Neurotransmitters and Happiness: How to Influence Your Brain Chemistry 150 150 Aware Behavioral Health

Your body’s functioning is controlled by hormones. This includes the emotions you feel as well. When these hormones are present in the brain, they are called neurotransmitters and they play a role in making you feel happy, sad, stressed, and angry. The four neurotransmitters tied to happiness are serotonin, dopamine, endorphins, and oxytocin. When something good happens, these neurotransmitters will flood your brain, making you feel content. Over time, the brain will reabsorb these neurotransmitters and the feelings will dissipate. When you can increase how often and how much neurotransmitters are released in the brain, you can often increase how…

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How to Be Happier – According to Science

How to Be Happier – According to Science 150 150 Aware Behavioral Health

Happiness is not a long term state, but rather one that fluctuates day to day, and even throughout the day. It is also not an emotion that is completely out of your control. While there are some factors of happiness that you cannot change, such as genetics and environment, about 40% of happiness is completely within your control. You can start changing your emotional state and working towards being happier by identifying what you can change and making alterations. These small steps – backed by scientific research – are easy ways to improve your happiness. Quick Ways to Be Happier …

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Psychiatrist for Anxiety Dallas: Why a Psychiatrist is the Best Choice for Your Care?

Psychiatrist for Anxiety Dallas: Why a Psychiatrist is the Best Choice for Your Care? 150 150 Aware Behavioral Health

When you are facing an anxiety condition, you have multiple options available for your care in Dallas. Yet for many people, the leading solution is psychiatry. Psychiatry is focused on medication assisted treatment that relies on prescription medication to help manage anxiety symptoms.  But unlike a physician who can often still prescribe some mental health medications, a psychiatrist is specifically focused on mental health issues and is experienced with other treatment methods, such as psychotherapy. This makes a psychiatrist the right partner for anxiety treatment in Dallas.  How Anxiety Conditions Benefit from Psychiatric Care Anxiety treatment from a psychiatrist, like…

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Anxiety That Manifests Physically

Anxiety That Manifests Physically 2560 1920 Aware Behavioral Health

Anxiety is a mental health condition. It is also the most common. Many people struggle with anxiety, and many of those people that do will qualify as having a mental health disorder. But it’s important to note that a “mental health disorder” doesn’t mean that your anxiety is strictly mental. While many of us understand that anxiety comes with worries and fears, as psychiatrists, we understand that there is more to anxiety than just thoughts, and that – for many – it is the physical symptoms of anxiety that cause the most distress. Causes of Physical Anxiety Symptoms The amygdala…

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New Anxiety Screening Guidelines – Underlining the Importance of Anxiety Treatment

New Anxiety Screening Guidelines – Underlining the Importance of Anxiety Treatment 150 150 Aware Behavioral Health

Anxiety in adults has been on the rise over the past years. From 2020 to 2021 alone, the number of anxiety cases has gone up by more than 5%. Much of this was due to a significant jump during COVID, but even independently of COVID, cases of anxiety – predominantly generalized anxiety disorder – have been on the rise. In response, a government task force last month published a recommendation that all adults under 65 regularly receive anxiety screening during their annual preventative care. Although not required, if your doctor participates in this anxiety screening by providing a short questionnaire…

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How Different Brain Activity Can Influence a PTSD Response 

How Different Brain Activity Can Influence a PTSD Response  150 150 Aware Behavioral Health

Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a response that can develop after a person lives through a life threatening or other harrowing situation. It is commonly seen in veterans, car crash survivors, survivors of natural disasters, and those who have lived through abuse. PTSD can cause anxiety symptoms, panic attacks, and cause survivors to feel like they are reliving past experiences. But not everyone who goes through a life threatening situation will develop PTSD afterward. People may also develop PTSD in some cases but not in others. Scientists are continually studying the relation between traumatic experiences and who develops…

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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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