The relationship between antidepressant medication and anxiety disorders

The relationship between antidepressant medication and anxiety disorders

Antidepressants have become useful for many in the field of mental health. These medications have been shown to have marked effects on a wide range of conditions. With the growing number of depressed and underserved populations, many advocate groups and professionals around the nation have felt there should be a larger focus on the treatment of psychologically and emotionally destabilizing mental disorders. However, recent statistics have also been unearthed and raised critical questions about how individuals should seek treatment. One of these specific speculations is whether antidepressants should be used in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Read more

Immediate ways to ease symptoms of anxiety

Immediate ways to ease symptoms of anxiety

If someone merely tells you not to panic when suffering from a serious episode of distress and anxiety, the results can be lackluster at best, if not completely counterintuitive. In most cases, becoming aware of one’s incapacitated state can send a person down a path of further panic. A panic attack is a sudden rush of severe fear or discomfort that reaches a peak within minutes. When these attacks occur in a recurrent and unexpected way and are followed by lasting effects of concern or disturbed behaviors, the person in question may suffer from a diagnosable panic disorder. Read more

Tips for dealing with anxiety while flying

Tips for dealing with anxiety while flying

Under the umbrella of specific phobias, aerophobia, or the fear of flying, is a psychological manifestation that can have incapacitating results. The fear can include being on a helicopter or perhaps even using a hang glider. However, the most common form is associated with flying in airplanes. While the act of getting on a commercial jet and travelling to a destination for business or pleasure is a generally common activity in the modern age, for others, a vehicle that rockets a passenger at enormous speeds and heights may be construed as an unnatural mode of transportation. Read more

Modern day external stressors of anxiety disorders

Modern day external stressors of anxiety disorders

An important step in diagnosing an anxiety disorder is identifying which external stressors may be causing one’s symptoms. Everyone’s specific case of anxiety is unique and is dependent on his or her genetics, medications and even brain chemistry. When focusing on factors outside of a person’s control, causes can encompass a long list of possibilities including, but not limited to: Read more

The link between viruses and anxiety

The link between viruses and anxiety

When a person first notices the onset of symptoms associated with an illness, one’s reasoning usually points to a physiological cause. In other cases, somatic effects can also be tracked down to a mental condition or disorder. These two types of similar instances create a decent level of confusion for patients and medical professionals alike when making accurate diagnoses. However, while the results of mental and general health exams may be difficult to distinguish sometimes, more crossover between mind and body may be at work than previously thought. Read more