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AnxietyHow to Combat Your Anxiety, One Step at a Time

Earlier this year, I suffered my first major panic attack. For days afterward, my heart would race and my mind would fill with doomsday visions as I worried about everything around me, including whether I’d have more panic attacks and if I’d ever be able to stop them.

Knowing that it wasn’t just me, however, was strangely reassuring.

“Anxiety disorders are the most common condition in psychiatry,” said Dr. Naomi Simon, professor of psychiatry at N.Y.U. School of Medicine and director of the Anxiety and Complicated Grief Program at N.Y.U. Langone Health. Some 40 million people aged 18 or older in the United States, or 18 percent of the population, will suffer from an anxiety disorder each year, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. In the course of a lifetime, that rate goes up to 28.8 percent of the American public.

Dr. David Rosmarin, the founder and director of the Center for Anxiety and an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, added, “We’ve seen a massive increase in services in New York City in the last six months.”

“From North Korea to hurricanes, we live with a greater degree of uncertainty,” he said. “What it boils down to is: How much can people tolerate it when they don’t know what’s going to happen next?”

To make matters more anxiety-provoking, there’s an overwhelming number of methods you might turn to to help you manage life in these uncertain times. I talked to some experts to get a bit of guidance. (Of course, everyone’s situation is different; if you’re concerned about dealing with anxiety, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor.)

Being anxious vs. having a disorder

There’s an important distinction between anxiety and an anxiety disorder, Dr. Simon said.

“Anxiety is a natural reaction to stress — it’s not necessarily pathological or dangerous,” she said. “There’s the point where it becomes a condition, and the way we separate those has to do with the level of persistence, severity, distress, and if it’s impacting day-to-day function.” Read More

 

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Overcoming anxiety

AnxietyOvercoming Anxiety

The condition tends to strike many older adults, but there are ways to counter its paralyzing effects.

More and more, do you find yourself fighting feelings of worry? Do you feel increasingly anxious and tense? Do you obsess about things that may or may not happen? If so, you may be one of the millions who suffer from anxiety.

Anxiety can develop from many uncontrollable factors, such as genetics, personality, and life events, but the main issue for many older men is that they have too much time on their hands, according to Dr. Cornelia Cremens, a psychiatrist with Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

“Men are used to working, being active, and having goals they want to accomplish. It keeps their body and mind engaged,” she says.

“But when they retire and life slows down, they are not prepared for that kind of dramatic shift. This idleness can trigger anxiety because they feel they have lost their purpose and focus.” Read More

 

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Mindfulness Meditation

Train Your Brain: Mindfulness Meditation for Anxiety, Depression, ADD & PTSD

By now, everyone knows that mindfulness meditation is good for you—but what’s still surprising scientists is just how quickly it works. Ten minutes of meditation won’t make you a better mutlitasker—there’s no such thing, as psychologist and science journalist Daniel Goleman explains—but it will make you more adept at switching tasks and returning to a deep level of concentration more quickly after a distraction. Every time you practice meditation, you’re strengthening the neural circuitry for focus and training your brain away from mind-wandering. Beyond the need to concentrate for work, pleasure, or to overcome negative emotion, mindfulness meditation can also help to manage disorders like PTSD, anxiety, and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). This last one particularly has shown incredible results, and Goleman cites one exercise a teacher in a rough neighborhood of New York City practices routinely with their class of seven-year-old kids, over half of which have special needs like ADD and autism. That daily

 

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Anxiety

Anxiety
Self Calming Techniques for Anxiety

Forty million American adults suffer from anxiety disorders, according to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. While many take prescription anti-anxiety medications, sufferers can also adopt a daily routine of self-calming techniques that lessen the everyday stressors that trigger anxiety attacks. Talk to your doctor before beginning any at-home anxiety treatment or therapy; he may suggest personalized techniques for relaxation.

Step 1

Take a deep breath and count to 10. Anxiety can make you want to take immediate, impulsive action to solve a problem, but taking a 10-second time-out when you’re feeling overwhelmed will help you make better decisions.

Step 2

Ask yourself if a problem is really as bad as it seems. Are you overreacting to a person or situation that seems to bring about your anxiety attacks? Is there a better way to handle the issue? Anxiety can be a cause of or reaction to feelings of powerlessness and loss of control, so try to put things in perspective and realize that you can’t regulate all the forces around you. Read More

 

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Anxiety

Anxiety
Self Calming Techniques for Anxiety

Forty million American adults suffer from anxiety disorders, according to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. While many take prescription anti-anxiety medications, sufferers can also adopt a daily routine of self-calming techniques that lessen the everyday stressors that trigger anxiety attacks. Talk to your doctor before beginning any at-home anxiety treatment or therapy; he may suggest personalized techniques for relaxation.

Step 1

Take a deep breath and count to 10. Anxiety can make you want to take immediate, impulsive action to solve a problem, but taking a 10-second time-out when you’re feeling overwhelmed will help you make better decisions.

Step 2

Ask yourself if a problem is really as bad as it seems. Are you overreacting to a person or situation that seems to bring about your anxiety attacks? Is there a better way to handle the issue? Anxiety can be a cause of or reaction to feelings of powerlessness and loss of control, so try to put things in perspective and realize that you can’t regulate all the forces around you. Read More

 

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