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When You ’re Deeply Ashamed of Your Anxiety

Sun, 24 Dec 2017 15:10:52 +0100

You feel deeply ashamed of your anxiety. You are embarrassed and mortified and hope that no one ever finds out—maybe not even your friends, maybe not even your spouse. After all, who gets nervous and shaky at the grocery store? Who feels panicked over giving a presentation at work? Who gets terrified of germs or their loved one’s safety every single time they walk out the door? You assume it’s just you. You assume there’s something really wrong with you, something inherently wrong with you. You are flawed. And because you believe you should be able to control your anxiety—and you can’t—you feel like a total failure. But plenty of people get panicked about going to the store, about giving presentations, about coming into contact with germs, about something terrible happening t...

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What Does an Anxiety Disorder Feel Like? Here Are 4 Signs You May Have a Problem

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:52:07 +0100

If 2.6 billion people were suffering from an illness, you’d think we’d all be more familiar with it. That figure represents 33.7% of the population of the world, after all. It also represents the share of that population that will at some point experience an anxiety disorder, according to the National Institutes of Health. For those billions, the experience of clinical anxiety can range from a persistent fretfulness, distractedness and a sort of whole-body clenching, to the paralytic crisis of a full-blown panic attack. All of it feels lousy; all of it is a state you race to escape — which typically only makes it worse. But all of it, happily, is diagnosable, controllable and ultimately treatable. The key is recognizing if your anxiety rises to the level of a clinical con...

How an agoraphobic woman travels the world using Google Streetview

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 04:43:27 +0100

Jacqui Kenny has agoraphobia but that hasn't stopped her travelling the world - using Google Streetview. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)

Short-term efficacy of psychological and psychopharmacological interventions for panic disorder appears not to be different

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:14:10 +0100

Psychological therapies versus pharmacological interventions for panic disorder with or without agoraphobia in adults. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2016;10:CD011170.The efficacy of psychological treatments for panic disorder G Ç ö without or with agoraphobia G Ç ö in comparison with waitlist, psychological placebo or pharmacological placebo controls is well established.1 Also pharmacotherapy has proved to be efficacious compared with placebo.2 However, meta-analyses directly comparing psychological and pharmacological treatments tend to be outdated.3 The aim of this paper was therefore to assess the relative efficacy and acceptability of psychological and pharmacological treatments for panic disorder in adults.The authors searched the Cochrane Common Mental Disorders Group Specialised Re...

Quality of life in anxious adolescents - Raknes S, Pallesen S, Himle JA, Bjaastad JF, Wergeland GJ, Hoffart A, Dyregrov K, H åland ÅT, Haugland BSM.

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 15:17:41 +0100

PURPOSE: To examine associations between health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and anxiety symptoms across anxiety domains (obsessions/compulsions, social anxiety, panic disorder, agoraphobia, separation anxiety, physical injury fears, generalised anxiety... (Source: SafetyLit)

5 Common Myths about Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 13:00:18 +0100

Whether you’ve been to therapy or not, you’ve probably heard about cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). It’s a popular type of therapy that many, many therapists use to help their clients treat everything from severe anxiety to debilitating depression. But even though CBT is widespread, it’s still highly misunderstood—even by the professionals who practice it. Numerous myths still abound. Below, two psychologists who specialize in CBT share the facts behind the most common misconceptions. Myth: CBT is a rigid, one-size-fits-all approach where a clinician applies a specific technique to a specific problem. Even though CBT features structured protocols for different disorders, it is not an inflexible treatment that ignores clients’ individuality. In fact, CBT requires that clinic...

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Comorbidity and suicidality in patients diagnosed with panic disorder/agoraphobia and major depression - Batinic B, Opaci ć G, Ignjatov T, Baldwin DS.

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:38:34 +0100

BACKGROUND: Comorbidity of anxiety and depression (both current and lifetime) is associated with greater chronicity and an increased risk of suicidality. We wished to ascertain which symptom clusters had the strongest association with suicidality. Our aims... (Source: SafetyLit)

What Causes School Absenteeism?

Mon, 08 May 2017 00:45:07 +0100

Discussion School within society is an institution designed to provide learning opportunities to students under the direction of teachers. The curriculum is usually designed to provide academic content in formal subjects necessary for the adult world (such as instruction in mathematics, language, science, social studies, arts, physical education) but also other knowledge and skills for the adult world (i.e. personal safety, communication skills, working in teams, etc.). Specific schools may or may not offer specific courses of instruction such as religious education, learning disability education, gifted/talented education, vocational education, etc.. In the developed and developing world, most individuals have attended some type of formal schooling at some time in their lives. Formal educ...

13 Mental Health Resources That Are Absolutely Free

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 16:04:53 +0100

I Am... Struggling with Anxiety: Create your own profile at Anxiety Social Net ( to connect with people dealing with everything from social anxiety to agoraphobia. Prefer to meet in person? Find a state-by-state list of support groups at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America’s website ( Struggling with Depression or Bipolar Disorder: Locate an in-person or online group at the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance site ( Struggling with Postpartum Depression: The Postpartum Progress site ( lists support groups in nearly every state as well as in Canada and maintains an online forum. Struggling with Schizophrenia: The Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America facilitates groups nationwide...

How I Cope with Suicidal Ideation

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 15:10:38 +0100

Like many pieces related to mental illness, I’ve found that self-care recommendations often address more socially acceptable symptoms  — typically those that relate to anxiety and mild depression. While it is important to address those and talk about the things we can do to keep ourselves running in tip top shape. We don’t talk enough about what to do when things get scary or dangerous for yourself or loved ones. As a person who lives with severe, debilitating and sometimes dangerous mental illness, most of my energy goes towards very basic practices necessary to keep myself alive. It’s hard to consider which yoga routine would be best for me when the predominate thought running through my mind is whether I should jump off of the balcony. It’s not a great idea to shower whe...

Behind the Headlines 2016 Quiz of the Year

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 11:16:00 +0100

In 2016, Behind the Headlines covered more than 300 health stories that made it into the mainstream media. If you've been paying attention you should find this quiz easy and fun. Answers are at the foot of the page (no peeking!).   In January 2016's health news... In a controversial study, monkeys were genetically engineered to develop what condition? Sex addiction Bipolar disorder Autism In a similarly controversial study, what psychological condition was dismissed as a "myth"? Seasonal affective disorder Agoraphobia Social anxiety disorder In February 2016's health news... Brain scans were used to see if what activity was addictive? Shopping online Checking your emails Using Facebook Exercise in middle age was claimed to stop what from shrinking? Yo...

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Psychological therapies versus pharmacological interventions for panic disorder with or without agoraphobia in adults

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:13:28 +0100

Panic disorder is common and deleterious to mental well-being. Psychological therapies and pharmacological interventions are both used as treatments for panic disorder with and without agoraphobia. However, there are no up-to-date reviews on the comparative efficacy and acceptability of the two treatment modalities, and such a review is necessary for improved treatment planning for this disorder. To assess the efficacy and acceptability of psychological therapies versus pharmacological interventions for panic disorder, with or without agoraphobia, in adults. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))

Jodie Palmer who was scared of going outside leaves house for first time in 5 YEARS after hypnotherapy

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 17:04:49 +0100

Jodie Palmer, 23, from Wolverhampton, has suffered from agoraphobia since she was just three years old. It worsened five years ago when her mother died and left her completely house-bound. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

5 Phobias You May Not Realize You Experience

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 19:12:46 +0100

By: Cassie Shortsleeve Discover the difference between an everyday fear and paralyzing phobia by cross-checking your worries against these five surprising disorders. They're more common than you think. Fear is a normal, biological response to everyday issues that spark anxiety, such as asking for a raise, confronting a loved one, and crossing the street to avoid a creepy stranger. This kind of stress can actually be useful, making you more alert and attentive until you feel safe and calm. Most of us learn early on how to function through fear and are not held back by it. But for some, certain fears can be more overwhelming and immobilizing than others. Related: 4 Ways to Boost Your Mood Naturally Heights, flying, and snakes are just a few things that evoke intense emotions in some peop...

Centaurs, Not Snake Oil

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 05:40:53 +0100

TheTechtour Healthtech Summit hosted by the International Venture Club in Lausanne is a dating event for European seed, start-up and growth companies looking for investment and for Venture capital and some Pharma/Medtech companies looking to invest. Doug Haggstrom went along to take the pulse of European digital health companies. These companies aren ’t specifically focused on Pharma as partners but it is worth paying attention to how digital health products and services are developing. Pharma developed tools and services will, after all, be compared to these companies in the marketplace and the discipline of proving standalone value has some lessons for Pharma’s own digital initiatives.Digital health ’s most recent detractor was the CEO of the American Medical Association who brande...

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10 Things You May Not Know About Anxiety Disorder

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 11:00:09 +0100

Anxiety disorders like social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, agoraphobia, panic disorder and general anxiety are the most common forms of mental illness in the U.S. An estimated 18 percent of all American adults have an anxiety disorder, costing more than $42 billion a year.  America is unique in this regard, according to the largest ever global analysis. Some regions of the world, including the U.S. but also Western Europe, have higher rates of anxiety disorders in general. What's more, some groups within the U.S. have a higher risk of anxiety disorder diagnosis than others. Olivia Remes, lead author of the analysis and an anxiety researcher at the University of Cambridge, reviewed 48 of the best or most comprehensive studies on anxiety prevalence around the world a...

8 Surprising Reasons People Are Taking Antidepressants

Fri, 27 May 2016 18:37:17 +0100

There's been a lot of concern over the "skyrocketing" use of antidepressants over the last 20 years. Many experts believe that these rising numbers indicate either higher depression rates or an over-diagnosis of mental illness. But there is at least one more factor, courtesy of a new study published in the journal JAMA: An increasing number of people are taking antidepressant medications for completely separate conditions, according to an analysis of nine years of prescription data in Quebec, Canada. Only about 55 percent of antidepressant prescriptions were written to alleviate depression symptoms, while the rest were written for a wide variety of other conditions that aren’t related to depression. Some of these were prescribed in what's known as “off-label” us...

Severe agoraphobia sufferer Leah Dearing claims she was cured by ONE hour of hypnotherapy

Tue, 17 May 2016 14:25:30 +0100

Leah Dearing, 20, from Kent, says just an hour long session with a hypnotherapist allowed her to walk around a shopping centre. She can now take daughter Eliana, 11 months, to the park. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Psychological therapies for panic disorder with or without agoraphobia in adults: a network meta-analysis

Thu, 12 May 2016 09:38:38 +0100

Panic disorder is characterised by the presence of recurrent unexpected panic attacks, discrete periods of fear or anxiety that have a rapid onset and include symptoms such as racing heart, chest pain, sweating and shaking. Panic disorder is common in the general population, with a lifetime prevalence of 1% to 4%. A previous Cochrane meta-analysis suggested that psychological therapy (either alone or combined with pharmacotherapy) can be chosen as a first-line treatment for panic disorder with or without agoraphobia. However, it is not yet clear whether certain psychological therapies can be considered superior to others. In order to answer this question, in this review we performed a network meta-analysis (NMA), in which we compared eight different forms of psychological therapy and three...

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Diagnosing Agoraphobia

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100

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20 Tips to Recover from Agoraphobia

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 18:45:34 +0100

Agoraphobia is a stressful phobic disorder that can take years to overcome. There are varying degrees of the illness. Some agoraphobics are so severe, they can’t leave their beds, while others only have a few days here and there where leaving the house seems too daunting a task. Agoraphobics can be scared of traveling or being in open spaces. They can be scared of going out alone or of being made fun of. They may fear failure and embarrassment in the outside world, including the workforce. They can have strained relationships with loved ones and struggle to form new relationships. They can have monetary problems, as most are unable to maintain a job or a career. Having had the disorder myself, I know it is not easy. Being stuck in fear can be just as debilitating as being physically p...

Meet the two Elaines speaking up for libraries

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 17:41:37 +0100

“I can remember getting my first – what I thought of as ‘grown up’ book – out of the library. It was John Steinbeck, The Grapes Of Wrath and I walked down the street being proud of having such a big book.” Elaine Brooks has worked in libraries all her life, and so has her friend and fellow UNISON member Elaine Cotterell. Today – like the Joad family in the The Grapes Of Wrath – they’ve made a journey for the sake of improvement. The Elaines have travelled from Lancashire to London to speak up for local libraries. There are currently 74 libraries in Lancashire County, but by the end of the year there will be 34. Only after a three-month consultation will they know which of the 40 libraries are to be closed. The Elaines are campaigning against this because they know how...

Living with Panic Attacks

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:45:28 +0100

You’re sitting in your car trying to will yourself to walk into the grocery store. Anxiety washes over you. You’re cold and hot at the same time with sweat trickling down your back, hair standing on your arms. You finally get out of your car. But as you enter the store, you feel wobbly and like you’re going to pass out. The fluorescent lighting seems especially stifling. The wide aisles, oddly enough, feel claustrophobic. Your breath feels finite, like a balloon floating up to the sky, which you can’t catch. In fact, at times you feel like you’re floating along with the balloon. At times you feel like Edvard Munch’s famous painting “The Scream,” your whole body shrieking. This happens in other places, too. Sometimes, it happens when you’re at the mall or somewhere new. So...

The Mile Long Bookshelf's Amber Kirk-Ford starts crowdfunding campaign to fund A levels

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 16:28:29 +0100

Agoraphobic book blogger Amber Kirk-Ford, 16, from Norfolk, has already received over £3,000 needed to meet her target of £4,500 to pay for tuition, examination and book fees at InterHigh. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Scared Sick: Living With Emetophobia

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 12:14:55 +0100

I'm approaching the age of 30. I have a fiancé, a dog, a growing career, a passport full of stamps and a healthy social life. Oh, and I have emetophobia. My emetophobia, which is a fear of vomit, often feels like it controls my life. Phobias affect 8.7 percent of people in America, and here in Australia, figures are similar. I'm one of the ones who drew the short straw. My fiancé and best friends fall in the lucky group -- they are part of the majority who don't suffer with a debilitating disorder. They are sympathetic to my irrational fears, but they can't empathize because try as they might, they don't understand what it's like to have your thoughts consumed by fear every. single. day. Let me paint a picture. I've suffered from this affliction as long as I can remember. As a chil...

Chef too scared to leave the house due to Moebius Syndrome cured of agoraphobia

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:21:34 +0100

Richard Savage, 43, from Birmingham has Moebius syndrome, a genetic condition causing facial paralysis. He suffered such abuse he became agoraphobic and stayed inside for two years. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Chef too scared to leave the house due to Moebius Syndrome cured

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:52:53 +0100

Richard Savage, 43, from Birmingham has Moebius syndrome, a genetic condition causing facial paralysis. He suffered such abuse he became agoraphobic and stayed inside for two years. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Psychiatric and substance-use comorbidities associated with lifetime crack cocaine use in young adults in the general population - Narvaez JC, Jansen K, Pinheiro RT, Kapczinski F, Silva RA, Pechansky F, Magalhães PV.

Tue, 16 Jun 2015 19:21:33 +0100

OBJECTIVE: To assess the association between lifetime crack cocaine use and psychiatric (post-traumatic stress disorder, current depression, current dysthymia, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder with agoraphobia, social phobia, as well as SRQ sco... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))

Morbidly obese mother too scared to leave the house loses FIVE STONE by walking after her

Tue, 02 Jun 2015 23:43:44 +0100

Size 20 Sonya Brennan, from Catford in South London, who now weighs 10 stone, piled on the pounds snacking on biscuits and crisps after developing agoraphobia, a fear of going outside. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Can you cure a phobia in three days?

Mon, 01 Jun 2015 06:05:18 +0100

Psychologist Richard Reid took on the challenge in a new Sky 1 programme, Fright Club (Source: Telegraph Health)

First Times and Anxiety

Tue, 12 May 2015 17:45:55 +0100

How do you understand when anxiety is finally over? I’ve asked myself this question many times. Let me be frank: I have no answer to that. Nevertheless, a few months ago I casually stumbled upon the following quote and I believe I couldn’t have found a better way to describe my feelings: Once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about. — Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore This is exactly what it feels like to me. Fourteen months after everything began, almost a year after I hit my lowest point, I still have no idea whether ...

Therapeutic tech company “Virtually Free” announces latest app to tackle agoraphobia

Fri, 01 May 2015 17:26:43 +0100

On Wednesday 24 September 2014, Virtually Free, a tech company which makes apps to improve mental health, is announcing its latest project, Agoraphobia Free, set for launch in the first half of 2015, and is calling out for volunteers to take part in their clinical trials which will be running for the next couple of […] (Source: ANXIETY UK News)

Bridges, Planes and Panic Attacks: Getting Over Fear

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:09:57 +0100

I'm not sure when I first realized I was afraid of flying but it wasn't long after I entered college. I'd worry for weeks and weeks as the departure date would get closer and closer. I distinctly remember having diarrhea EVERY TIME I'd arrive at the airport. I also remember seriously thinking "we're all going to die" when we'd board the plane and I'd wonder why other people in line didn't seem more concerned about this possibility. (The way my fearful mind worked, it actually seemed more like a probability.) And once I'd get to my destination I'd have to worry about getting back home the whole time I was away! Even when I wasn't flying, I'd have nightmares about it. I'd wake up so relieved to realize I didn't have to get on a plane. I even remember feeling nauseous driving near airports ...

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How the menopause can drive women MAD

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:24:24 +0100

Christina Roberts (left) suffered from anxiety and almost ended up agoraphobic. Samantha Cole (centre) started to feel really down and victimised. Jo Gordon (right) suffered from rage and frustration. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

My Mother Is Holding Me Hostage

Sun, 18 Jan 2015 21:48:30 +0100

What To Do When Mother Belittles Daughterread more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)

Anxiety affects children in different ways

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:47:00 +0100

Conclusion This is a useful exploratory study, which should give a good indication of the range of diagnoses among children and adolescents referred for anxiety disorders to specialist mental health services in England. Children and adolescents, particularly in research, can often be placed into one homogenous group, and this study shows specific diagnoses can differ significantly between the groups. For example, this study showed that children more often had separation anxiety disorder. And adolescents were marginally (but not significantly) more likely to have generalised anxiety disorder and social anxiety disorder. Adolescents were also more likely than children to have mood disorder and to have problems with school attendance. The researchers warn they have considered childhood and ...

A Daily Plan for Overcoming Agoraphobia

Wed, 08 Oct 2014 18:30:14 +0100

Agoraphobia narrows your world, literally and figuratively. People with agoraphobia avoid certain situations or places that may cause them to panic or feel trapped. This may include standing in line, driving on a bridge, being in open or enclosed spaces (like the movie theater), using public transportation or being outside the house alone. There are gradients of agoraphobia. For some people the fear of being outside their home is so severe they become completely housebound. Others do venture outside but only to certain places they have to go, such as work. This still becomes a miserable experience, producing sweaty palms, racing heart rates, shallow breathing, chest pains and other symptoms of panic. The good news is that this anxiety disorder is treatable. One of the best actions you can ...

Faith Riley sheds TWO-THIRDS her body weight after tipping the scales at 33st

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:55:29 +0100

Faith Riley, 42, from Warrington, suffered an adverse reaction to contraceptive injections and was diagnosed with depression and agoraphobia. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Woman too heavy to ride her horse sheds TWO-THIRDS her body weight after tipping the scales at 33st

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:09:45 +0100

Faith Riley, 42 suffered an adverse reaction to contraceptive injections and was diagnosed with depression and agoraphobia. She says her horse Rocky inspired her dramatic weight loss. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Therapists Spill: What I Learned from My Toughest Client

Fri, 05 Sep 2014 18:30:15 +0100

We often learn our most important lessons from our toughest trials. These are the lessons that’ll likely stay with us years after we’ve learned them. When it comes to lessons, therapy tends to be a two-way street: Clients learn from their clinicians — everything from coping with painful emotions to building healthy relationships. Therapists, too, learn from their clients — everything from how to conduct therapy to how to approach their own lives. We asked six clinicians to share the eye-opening insights they’ve taken away from their most challenging clients. Below, they reveal their lessons, which include wisdom they’ve gained early on in their career and insights they learn every day. The Strength of the Human Spirit “[M]ost of the clients I see are tough,” sai...

Art Therapy + CBT Treats Panic Disorder--Maybe

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:22:52 +0100

Does art-based therapy plus cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) reduce symptoms in panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder? The answer is a very tentative "maybe" according to a recent study's findings. Despite the limited participant size and other limitations, it's a study worth considering for many more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)

Invoking the At-Least Clause

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:36:35 +0100

I'm not all Annie about this–the sun will come out tomorrow and burn my retinas–but I am reaching for the idea that being depressed and hopeless maybe doesn't mean there's no hope. read more (Source: Psychology Today Depression Center)

Thursday consumer health tips

Thu, 22 May 2014 00:00:00 +0100

Daily aspirin therapy: Understand the benefits and risks Pericarditis Stage 4 prostate cancer treatment Agoraphobia Positron emission tomography (PET) scan (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)

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Finding your voice

Mon, 12 May 2014 20:05:16 +0100

Each day during Mental Health Awareness Week, we will be posting a story from someone with personal experience of anxiety. Meet Dan who has experience of agoraphobia. My next-door neighbour told me once: ‘You should never judge someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.’ It wasn’t the first time I’d heard that phrase, [...] (Source: ANXIETY UK News)

Anxiety UK urges Government to adopt more balanced approach after news of agoraphobic suicide

Sat, 11 Jan 2014 18:12:35 +0100

Recent news of an agoraphobic blind man who hung himself after he was ruled ‘fit to work’ and his benefits cut has highlighted the need for the Government to balance their efforts to change the benefits system with the very real need of those who rely on benefits to survive, says Anxiety UK, the nation’s [...] (Source: ANXIETY UK News)

Ashwaganda for Anxiety

Wed, 08 Jan 2014 21:19:23 +0100

Can the 'smell of a horse' make you less anxious?read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)

Three Core Anxieties and How to Calm Them

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 05:24:04 +0100

If you had nine tested ways to overcome your most persistent anxieties, would you use them?read more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)

An Overview of Agoraphobia and its Treatment

Sun, 01 Dec 2013 16:09:56 +0100

An overview of the development and treatment of agoraphobia, including a personal more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)

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Agoraphobia and Automobiles

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:20:02 +0100

A personal history of agoraphobia and cars. Automobile accidents are rarely the cause of a car more (Source: Psychology Today Personality Center)

Chris Hadfield: in space 'you recognise the unanimity of our existence'

Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:06:00 +0100

He captured our imagination with a zero gravity cover of David Bowie's Space Oddity, but Chris Hadfield's time in space was a multi-facted, 'enriching' experience. The astronaut and Twitter phenomenon talks about the wonder of spacewalking and why he'll never look as good as Sandra Bullock in a spacesuitIt is a disorienting business, being in space, and most astronauts in the first days of orbit scan the Earth for reminders of home. The Russians look for their great lakes; the Americans for mountain ranges. For Chris Hadfield, the former commander of the International Space Station, it was Plank Road, a 19th-century thoroughfare running through southern Ontario, Canada. "These guys put it there 150 years ago, and it was a neat thing for me to see from orbit. Hey, look! That's where I'm fro...

Flying Phobias: Two Fears

Wed, 16 Oct 2013 22:13:45 +0100

A description of the two main fears that underlie a flying phobia and a report of more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)

Hidden Disabilities

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 01:54:13 +0100

Dare to be yourself has a particular resonance for those of us with a hidden disability. Mine happens to be hearing loss, but other hidden disabilities include depression and anxiety, phobias, food allergies, agoraphobia, fear of heights. You name it. And someone is reluctant to admit it. read more (Source: Psychology Today Personality Center)

A Strategy for Dealing with Animal Phobias

Wed, 29 May 2013 23:01:45 +0100

Here is an account of the differences between agoraphobia and animal phobias, including differences in treatment. Different steps in treatment are described. Examples are more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)

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A Cure For Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia

Thu, 23 May 2013 19:21:11 +0100

A number of misconceptions underlie all of the anxiety disorders. Panic disorder and Agoraphobia are based on two of these false ideas. Treatment involves discovering that they are more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)

Agoraphobia and Panic Disorder...and then Health Anxiety

Thu, 28 Feb 2013 01:26:05 +0100

It is necessary to learn two things to get over a panic disorder once and for all. Health anxiety is described along with the various bad ideas that underlie that more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)

Getting Better Can Be Risky

Tue, 05 Feb 2013 21:29:56 +0100

A 55 year old man came to my office, asking me to help his wife. I thought it odd his wife didn’t accompany him to the consultation. It soon made sense why he’d come more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)

Keeping Secrets

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:56:05 +0100

The habit of keeping secrets, which is taught to children growing up, makes for difficulties later in life. In particular, keeping thoughts and concerns to oneself makes the treatment of certain emotional disorders more (Source: Psychology Today Anxiety Center)

Anxiety UK criticise “insensitive” Jobcentre and calls for review of all agoraphobia related policies

Fri, 11 Jan 2013 19:18:18 +0100

Anxiety UK has questioned bosses at an Essex Jobcentre that have insisted that a 22-year old unemployed agoraphobic woman must attend face to face meetings with its staff. The case was highlighted in the national media after Jobcentre staff insisted that Jen Lant would not be allowed to continue to attend meetings via videolink. As [...] (Source: ANXIETY UK News)

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