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Stress or Anxiety?

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Dealing With Stress And Anxiety

Stress happens when we perceive an event as disturbing or threatening. Our primitive ancestors experienced stress when they had to fight off wild animals, invaders, adverse natural events, and other threats to their survival. These days we are more likely to feel the anxiety that emerges from stress when we face overwhelming responsibilities at work or home, experience loneliness, rejection, …

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Using Anxiety as a Clue

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Dealing With Stress And Anxiety

Anxiety can be helpful when it prompts us to take action to solve a problem. We can use our anxiety as a clue, in fact, that there is a problem, and that we need to confront it. Public speakers, athletes, and entertainers have long known that anxiety can motivate them to perform much better. When we don’t recognize our anxious …

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Most Common Anxiety Disorders

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Dealing With Stress And Anxiety

An anxiety disorder lasts longer than normal anxiety, is more intense, and can lead to fears that interfere with the ability to function in daily life. Here are some of the more common types of anxiety disorders : Generalized Anxiety Disorder occurs when a person has endured, for at least six months, a state of excessive worry, feeling on edge …

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Managing Anxiety Skillfully

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Dealing With Stress And Anxiety

Those who deal with anxiety in a positive way usually have: • a sense of self-determination • a feeling of involvement in life’s experiences, and • an ability to change negative into positive thinking. Self-determination refers to a personal ability to control or adapt to the events of everyday living. A great deal of anxiety is perpetuated by how we …

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What About Panic Attacks?

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Dealing With Stress And Anxiety

One of the most debilitating manifestations of anxiety is the panic attack. These dramatic episodes of anxiety seem to come out of the blue and happen even when there is no real danger. They are usually intense for a few minutes and then subside. The sufferer may experience chest pains, the feeling of smothering, dizziness, heart pounding, depersonalization, hot and …

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