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  • When It's Not Just Nerves | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    anxiety disorders know they re real And increasingly more health care professionals know it too Happily the primary care physician is becoming more aware of anxiety disorders rather than treating them casually and simply prescribing a tranquilizer says Harold Pass PhD associate professor Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Stony Brook University s School of Medicine in Long Island who is in independent practice with a specialty in anxiety management Doctors are much more aware that anxiety must be treated that long term consequences are profound including a compromised immune system and stress exacerbated medical illness Pass says Ross agrees there s no time to waste Risk factors for suicide rise with untreated anxiety disorders she says We need to identify and treat people early to stave off damaging physiological symptoms That goal has become more achievable with the coming out of mental disorders among media personalities and with the availability of reliable information on the Internet Taylor cites two inventive education and treatment resources Birmingham England s FearFighter com and the Dutch site Interapy com As you learn about various anxiety disorders you may think Hmmm this sounds like me and â this one too Comorbidity a psychiatric term describing overlap of conditions is common Taylor explains Odds are if you have one disorder you ll have another with unipolar depression or substance abuse being most common partners to anxiety With GAD it s not unusual to have panic attacks while social anxiety may include features of OCD PTSD frequently brings along its unwelcome cousin panic disorder Unwelcome thoughts can stick like glue Taylor says Ironically the steps you take to block them with their accompanying psychological significance actually become reminders They keep returning to your consciousness the exact opposite of your goal Like it or not he says that s the way our human brains are designed Inside and out If you re contemplating psychotherapy for your disorder you may be introduced to the integrative model which is the latest trend For many years explains Pass every analyst felt he was a hammer and every patient was a nail yet one size did not realistically fit all Now therapists use techniques borrowed from each of the theoretical psychotherapy models that best constitute the patient s recipe taking a pinch from disciplines like behavior therapy cognitive behavior therapy and interpersonal and psychodynamic therapies Pass also successfully implements relaxation training guided visual imagery and self hypnosis as treatment protocols All may be used in combination in a very synergistic way so patients shouldn t be discouraged he says Most anxiety disorders may definitely be treated and successfully managed he reminds us although not all anxiety disorders can be completely cured Disorders have roots These are indeed stressful times says Pass and none of us is immune insulated or cushioned from them Yet when anxiety disorders affect our ability to relax and they compromise attention concentration and ultimately quality of life it s time to take action Research shows that symptoms are initially manifest around critical life events for example when children go to school leave home to start a job or when tragedy occurs Anxiety also carries a very strong genetic component Tommy s father for instance suffered panic attacks as do his two daughters now and he believes responses are also learned I try never to tell the children be careful Instead I encourage them to have fun he says Physiologically if a family member responded to a certain medication genetics suggest the same will be true of a relative or conversely if that person had side effects to a medication the relative is not going to respond as well either says Pass The brain plays a very important role in the way anxiety disorders manifest and respond to treatment We know it is influenced by genetics and one s environment so we manage the brain with psychological and pharmacological treatment and intervention which should include the most recent and sophisticated developments in drug therapy Besides taking advantage of consistent advancements in health care resources we can also help ourselves Yes it s perfectly okay and not too egocentric for this to be all about you as you take charge of your own piece of the treatment pie Our bodies when stressed have no place to turn but inwards observes Ross who advises doing more to give anxiety a place to go In addition to breathing aerobics and stress management classes yoga and meditation also help encourage that much needed sense of control So eat sleep and exercise correctly while resisting the temptation to self medicate In so doing you ll provide yourself a welcome sense of self mastery As with any life challenge however bumps in the road are bound to occur No one says the trip to controlling anxiety disorders will always be easy something a resilient Thompson understands as he navigates his continuing recovery I tell myself This panic disorder is just a disease None of this is real I am stronger than it is he says Inside of me is Superman Sometimes I just can t find him Sidebar Tommy T 60 Criminal lawyer Port Allen LA DIAGNOSED Panic disorder at 35 decent treatment mid 40s WHAT IT S LIKE Symptoms for me began around age 12 or 13 When I was young I would say I don t feel good take me home I d get really quiet In the Army I went to a psychiatrist who said Grow up and be a man Now I look in the mirror Am I really there It s a feeling of detachment more than of sweating or a pounding heart I am aware of my breathing I have multiple unidentifiable triggers when I perceive there s danger Driving long distances bothers me and then I fear a panic attack becoming tense staying on guard I would never want anyone to know I m having a panic attack or try to help me Don t question

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  • Life lessons: Social anxiety? No sweat! | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    those listed above as well as trembling chest pain nausea and fear RELATED ARTICLES Appreciating the Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma Experienced by Therapists February 2 2016 12 35 am The long row of 80 motorcycle police officers in a two wide formation was followed by a black hearse and a black limousine We passed them Stress Relief Knit Away Your Worries February 1 2016 1 17 pm Knitting has fans of all ages and both sexes who will tell you that the handicraft calms the mind and helps with stress relief Healthy Attitudes and Values Can Over Time Help Ease Depression and Anxiety January 19 2016 12 39 am You probably dislike as much as I do phrases like Just pull up your boot straps Just snap out of it and You just need Easing Anxiety Through Music January 5 2016 7 02 am Sometimes I encounter unexpected delightful moments in which my chronic anxiety is lifted On New Year s Eve the sub freezing winter chill with a cutting brisk CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1 2015 2 07 pm Fall 2015 GLENNON DOYLE MELTON Truth warrior In her Momastery blog her popular speaking tours and her book Carry On Warrior Glennon Doyle Melton shows it s OK Read more August 1 2015 2 07 pm Summer 2015 LEE WOODRUFF STRESS TEST After a family crisis left Lee Woodruff with symptoms of depression and anxiety she found the courage to reach out for Read more May 5 2015 9 31 am Spring 2015 DEPRESSION WHAT BREED IS YOUR BLACK DOG The unwelcome pup looks different for everyone and your particular form of depression can make a difference in choosing Read more February 1 2015 2 12 pm Winter 2015 TAKE THIS TO THE BANK Stressing out about finances These strategies can help you take control of your wallet and your worries by Kelly James Enger Read more SoundOFF MOMS DEPRESSION What is it like to be a mom with depression What is hardest for you What helps you cope CLICK HERE TO ANSWER CURRENT RESEARCH Shake It Off Not So Easy for People with Depression New Brain Research Suggests 2 27 2015 Harsh winter brings some psychological benefits says UB researcher 2 24 2015 Study Linking Suicidal Behavior Psychotic Experiences May Yield Strategies to Help Prevent Suicide Attempts 2 24 2015 Suicide Risk Falls Substantially After Talk Therapy 11 20 2014 A New Test Measures Analytical Thinking Linked to Depression Fueling the Idea That Depression May Be a Form of Adaptation 11 19 2014 CONNECT esperanza s Hope Write a Letter to the Editor SoundOFF Forum Home About Us My Account Checkout Professional Writers Advertising Contact Us Partners Portal Cart Subscribe Back to Top Copyright 2015 Hope to Cope All Rights Reserved Newsletter Signup esperanza Magazine s e newsletter offers the latest research news healthy lifestyle features and inspirational profiles for our depression and anxiety community If you are a human and are seeing this field please leave

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  • Life lessons: Social anxiety? No sweat! | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    was quite the wallflower as a teen staying on the periphery of events too frightened to speak or join in My older sister fearless outgoing and popular coached me to make eye contact and say hello to people as I walked down the hall Surprisingly when I mastered that small change I did feel more comfortable in my own skin These days I m usually able to teach a class or make a group presentation with confidence backstopped by my lesson plan or prepared remarks When I m in a smaller less formal setting though I m still plagued by worries Distress really kicks in when faced with meeting new people especially those group settings where participants go around in a circle to give a little introduction Research indicates that social phobia as the condition is also known affects roughly 15 million American adults Of course such statistics mean nothing when I m in the grocery store or picking my daughter up from school and I run into someone I know It s hard to participate in a conversation when self critical worries colonize so much space in my head What am I going to say next What will this person think of me WHAT HELPS In order to deal with my social anxiety more effectively I have spent a lot of time observing people I admire and researching how others have dealt with it Standard strategies include deep breathing positive affirmations and reality check questions like What s the worst thing that can happen if this doesn t go well I ve also developed my own coping tricks Shift the spotlight Since my social anxiety is based on fear of what others think of me I decided to face my fear and turn the focus to the people I

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  • Social | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
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  • Life lessons: Social anxiety? No sweat! | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    Standard strategies include deep breathing positive affirmations and reality check questions like What s the worst thing that can happen if this doesn t go well I ve also developed my own coping tricks Shift the spotlight Since my social anxiety is based on fear of what others think of me I decided to face my fear and turn the focus to the people I m talking with I find knowing what to say next isn t as difficult when I make the effort to listen better Find camouflage At meetings parties even family gatherings I ve learned to keep a low profile by standing near others who are more outgoing and talkative I know I won t need to contribute as much to the conversation I can simply look interested and nod my head at the right times At times I ve been asked if I was bored or angry though so now I make a point of smiling more Bring sweets and sips Since social anxiety and medication for depression both contribute to dry mouth I always carry hard candy or a water bottle to sip from Sucking on candy is soothing and relaxing Also I have an unusual container and unique cozy for my water so I share a little of my personality without saying a word and it makes a good conversation starter Let accessories speak I use this same idea with clothing and accessories when I know I m going to be in an anxiety triggering situation My trademark items are boots and bracelets The attention they draw is usually admiring and I feel more confident when the focus on me is positive Tagged with anxiety atmosphere fear social About the author esperanza Has 732 Articles 1 COMMENT Depression Definition Disorder August 31 2014 Reply Sometimes anxiety can be associated with a physical illness such as thyroid disorder Symptoms occur with varying frequency and intensity but may include all of those listed above as well as trembling chest pain nausea and fear Leave a Reply to Depression Definition Disorder Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked First Name or Nickname Do not use full name Email Message RELATED ARTICLES Appreciating the Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma Experienced by Therapists February 2 2016 12 35 am The long row of 80 motorcycle police officers in a two wide formation was followed by a black hearse and a black limousine We passed them Stress Relief Knit Away Your Worries February 1 2016 1 17 pm Knitting has fans of all ages and both sexes who will tell you that the handicraft calms the mind and helps with stress relief Healthy Attitudes and Values Can Over Time Help Ease Depression and Anxiety January 19 2016 12 39 am You probably dislike as much as I do phrases like Just pull up your boot straps Just snap out of it and You just need Easing Anxiety Through Music January 5 2016 7 02

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  • Shattering Broken Records | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    corporations Further Carol has been interviewed numerous times about her experience on television radio and in print Carol has written two books My Journal of Gratitude and Will I Ever Be the Same Again Transforming the Face of ECT She is currently working on her next book Unwrapping the Gifts from Depression Visit Carol s websites www CourageousRecovery com and www carolkivler com RELATED ARTICLES The Most Important Gift You Can Give Yourself December 24 2015 12 01 am There is a book which changed my life in such a profound way that I used to share it with my patients at the partial The Two Things We Can ALL Use October 1 2015 12 01 am I had the opportunity to attend the DBSA I to We conference in Chicago this past weekend as both a participant and a When Someone You Love Is Lost In The Illness May 7 2015 12 01 am Today s LifeTool is for GIVING HOPE I recently met a man whose story is like so many others This post is for him those people What Is Wellness February 4 2015 12 01 am Optimal Health this was my working definition of wellness for many years I liked it because it allowed me to include more people However Book Categories All Books Anxiety Depression Children For Loved Ones Living Well Memoirs Treatment CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1 2015 2 07 pm Fall 2015 GLENNON DOYLE MELTON Truth warrior In her Momastery blog her popular speaking tours and her book Carry On Warrior Glennon Doyle Melton shows it s OK Read more August 1 2015 2 07 pm Summer 2015 LEE WOODRUFF STRESS TEST After a family crisis left Lee Woodruff with symptoms of depression and anxiety she found the courage to reach out for Read more May 5 2015 9 31 am Spring 2015 DEPRESSION WHAT BREED IS YOUR BLACK DOG The unwelcome pup looks different for everyone and your particular form of depression can make a difference in choosing Read more February 1 2015 2 12 pm Winter 2015 TAKE THIS TO THE BANK Stressing out about finances These strategies can help you take control of your wallet and your worries by Kelly James Enger Read more SoundOFF MOMS DEPRESSION What is it like to be a mom with depression What is hardest for you What helps you cope CLICK HERE TO ANSWER CURRENT RESEARCH Shake It Off Not So Easy for People with Depression New Brain Research Suggests 2 27 2015 Harsh winter brings some psychological benefits says UB researcher 2 24 2015 Study Linking Suicidal Behavior Psychotic Experiences May Yield Strategies to Help Prevent Suicide Attempts 2 24 2015 Suicide Risk Falls Substantially After Talk Therapy 11 20 2014 A New Test Measures Analytical Thinking Linked to Depression Fueling the Idea That Depression May Be a Form of Adaptation 11 19 2014 CONNECT esperanza s Hope Write a Letter to the Editor SoundOFF Forum Home About Us My Account Checkout

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  • Shattering Broken Records | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    who can t recall one or two of their own broken records Over the last few weeks I have been taking a course that is stretching me totally out of my comfort zone As I ve gotten deeper and deeper into the material a few of my own stored broken records have starting to play again Records such as You aren t smart enough to get into a four year college You would be better off becoming a But as fate would have it those long ago statements were finally shattered and carted away by the gift of encouragement Fortunately it was my birthday yesterday and when I was in Sunday morning church service I asked for prayers of praise and thanksgiving for making it to the age of 64 As Pastor Ruth prayed over me I felt those broken records shatter into a million pieces Her words Put the last years of life behind you and let the next years ahead be your best years yet Share your gifts with the world and believe that you are exactly where you are supposed to be A perfect message of hope and expectation Each of us need someone to remind us

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  • Hope | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    at the partial Read more The Two Things We Can ALL Use By Carol L Rickard October 1 2015 12 01 am I had the opportunity to attend the DBSA I to We conference in Chicago this past weekend as both a participant and a Read more When Someone You Love Is Lost In The Illness By Carol L Rickard May 7 2015 12 01 am Today s LifeTool is for GIVING HOPE I recently met a man whose story is like so many others This post is for him those people Read more What Is Wellness By Carol L Rickard February 4 2015 12 01 am Optimal Health this was my working definition of wellness for many years I liked it because it allowed me to include more people However Read more Shattering Broken Records By Carol Kivler November 10 2014 12 11 pm You do not need to pay attention to those voices within you that create pain or make you feel less competent smart or able Read more Unique Role Only You Can Fill By Carol Kivler November 3 2014 10 32 am Somewhere out there is a unique place for you to help others a unique life role for you to fill that only you can fill Read more Seize the Day By Carol Kivler October 27 2014 7 56 am Everyone is fighting their own battle to free from their past to live in the present and to create a meaningful future for themselves Read more Small Change ADDS UP By Carol L Rickard June 26 2014 12 01 am I d like to start by asking you a question Do you save your pennies nickels dimes or quarters In other words do you save your Read more Don t Over think By Paul Barr

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