Panic attacks aren't fundamentally dangerous: They are body's natural way of coping with potential stress

Panic attacks aren’t fundamentally dangerous: They are body’s natural way of coping with potential stress

Panic attacks typically take place when an individual is under any kind of physical or emotional stress. Around 1 in 7 people usually experience a panic attack at least once in their life and more than half of these individuals are likely to experience repeated incidents of attacks.

It is significant to understand that panic attacks are not fundamentally dangerous. In fact, it is the body’s natural way of responding to potential threats or stress. The effects of stress usually pile up slowly within an individual without their awareness till they actually experience a panic attack. Read more

Selena Gomez opens up about her battle with depression

Selena Gomez opens up about her battle with depression

People with immense wealth, name and fame may seem to be leading the so-called “good life,” devoid of daily stress and any kind of regrets experienced quite frequently by people who do not belong to this category. However, it is not usually true in most of the cases. Like the common masses, even celebrities are not immune to depression. In fact, people in the entertainment industry are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety compared to the general public. There have been many cases of celebrities battling depression, and coming out strong with therapy and faith. Read more

Turning fear into freedom: Helping a child to overcome anxiety

Turning fear into freedom: Helping a child to overcome anxiety

The prevalence of the crippling affliction anxiety disorders among children of different age groups tend to cause severe distress. When a child is exposed to traumatic life events, such as death of a pet or a loved one, calamities, sexual assault, etc., he or she may exhibit the symptoms of severe levels of anxiety.

While certain amount of anxiety is considered normal and necessary at times, it can turn into a bitter and disquieting experience when the disorder crops up and affects the child’s normal functioning. Those children afflicted by anxiety tend to display a range of cognitive and behavioral changes, such as hesitance to hang out with friends, reluctance to attend events, etc. When children are anxious, they are likely to exhibit several symptoms, such as: Read more

Teens with exposure to stress and trauma face difficulty in identifying emotions, says study

Teens with exposure to stress and trauma face difficulty in identifying emotions, says study

Teenage is the most vulnerable stage of life where a person is prone to experience a series of mental, physical and emotional changes, which increase the risk of other mental health issues, including substance abuse. With an increase in the importance of peer relationships, teens tend to spend less time with their family. Among numerous mental health conditions affecting teenagers every year, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and conduct disorder are two of the most common mental health conditions that have an immense impact on healthy development of teenagers. Read more

New anxiety medications in development -  Part 3: BNC210

New anxiety medications in development – Part 3: BNC210

Of the few new and promising anxiety medications under development, BNC210, one of the anxiolytic medicines, has demonstrated a potent anxiolytic effect. Although the trials of this medication are still under way, it has shown efficacy in suppressing the malfunctioning areas of the brain that are responsible for anxiety.

Since it has no addictive or sedative properties, many believe that it can prove to be a better drug in managing anxiety than the current best lorazepam (a benzodiazepine medication). Moreover, it is unlikely to affect the cognitive function due to above characteristics. So far, no major side effect has been reported during the trials. Read more