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Understanding Anxiety

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Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental health disorder, and come in different varieties. While they have different causes and symptoms, one thing people with anxiety disorders share are feelings of deep fear, concern, stress or being overwhelmed that affect their mood, thinking and behavior. If you have an anxiety disorder, your thoughts and feelings may get in the way of taking the actions needed to be healthy and productive. Anxiety disorders can get worse over time if they are not treated. In this section we will talk about generalized anxiety and panic attacks/panic disorder.

Many things cause anxiety including too much caffeine or other stimulants such as preworkout supplements or decongestants, poor quality sleep preventing your brain chemicals from rebalancing, poor nutrition and, of course, stress.

People who have, for least six months, felt ongoing and excessive anxiety and tension may have generalized anxiety disorder. They usually expect the worst and worry about things, even when there is no sign of problems. They often experience the following symptoms:

Always feeling “stressed out”  |  Headaches  |  Insomnia  |Dizziness  |Fatigue | Irritability  |  Shaking/trembling  | High blood pressure  | Shortness of breath | Hot flashes  | Muscle tension

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  • Learn where worry comes from.
  • Examine whether persistent worry is helpful to you
  • Identify ways to tolerate uncertainty
  • Explore how to cope with worries about current problems

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Shyness is a common problem that comes with a high price. If you suffer from shyness or social anxiety you might avoid social situations and may have trouble connecting with others due to an extreme fear of humiliation, rejection, and judgment. You will confront performance fears, test anxiety, shy bladder, and interpersonal fears—fundamental symptoms of social anxiety. Learn psychological flexibility to improve your ability to accept the feelings, thoughts, and behavior that may arise as you learn to work past your anxiety.

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  • Get the basics. Learn what you need to know to quickly get anxiety under control in the first section of each chapter.
  • Gain a deeper understanding. Take it further and read the second section of each chapter for skills that will help you make lasting changes. Then, go online to practice your skills.
  • This quick and easy-to-read to anxiety treatment offers cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness and acceptance strategies to help you get back to living your life-without anxiety taking over.

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