To understand how to deal with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), you need to know which type you are suffering from. If you have loved ones living with OCD, you also need to know about the type of OCD that they are living with to be able to help them calm down. However, even though an individual may appear to have stable symptoms of a particular disorder for a while, it is possible to experience symptoms of other types of OCD from time to time.
Stress, depression and anxiety disorders are psychological challenges faced by many people. Most psychological problems can be averted if you know how to properly manage your mind and not letting it get out of order. Managing your mind is like tending to a garden. If you do not tend to it in a disciplined manner, unwanted weeds and undergrowth will overwhelm it. On the other hand, if you manage your garden with tender loving care and plant it with good seeds, then you will reap a good harvest.
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a type of mental disorder that is categorized in the group of personality disorders. Of the types of these disorders, the BPD is the most common and also the most complicated and worrying problems encountered in psychiatry. In the United States, more than 6% will experience the BPD at some point of their lives. This disorder typically involves severe mood instability and splitting (black and white thinking). BPD patients normally show turbulent negative emotions, such as personal feelings and feelings towards others. BPD may result in loss of identity, impulsive actions, disrupted work life, chaotic relationships, and even self-inflicted harm. Continue reading “Borderline Personality Disorder”
Usually, if an individual is suspected of generalized anxiety disorder, his or her physician or psychiatrist will do a thorough evaluation to diagnose the patient’s condition. It is a normal procedure to ask detailed questions about the surfaced symptom as well as the patient’s medical history. There are professional and psychological guidelines to help the specialists in their diagnosis.
When you are struck by anxiety attacks, you can’t work on anything else. Other people will wonder what is wrong with you, or misjudge that you are making excuses to escape from work or responsibilities. Though it is difficult for those who have not experienced it before to understand what you are coping with, sometimes it is necessary to explain your anxiety attack to the people around you. In some cases, you will also be required to explain them to your consultant physician or psychiatrist in seek of proper treatment. Continue reading “How to Explain Anxiety Attack Symptoms to Other People”
Anxiety disorders may affect you physically, cognitively, and emotionally. If severe enough, it may also lead to panic attacks, which are very alarming experiences. There are a wide variety of drugs used as treatments for anxiety. The more common and frequently prescribed drug is the fluoxetine hydrochloride, known commonly as Prozac.
Prozac, an oral medicine, is classified under serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), used as antidepressant medications. SSRIs have been proven to be extremely effective in treating anxiety disorders. Prozac has a stronger effect on energy levels compared to other SSRIs, making it greatly effective in treating cases where symptoms of depression and lack of energy are dominant. Despite its stimulating properties, it also works well on panic disorders.
Chest pain, a fluttering heart, and difficulty to breathe; these symptoms are often linked to a heart attack and it is definitely terrifying for a person experiencing them. So, when a person suffers from palpitations, anxiety, breathlessness and indigestion, these signs are often misread to be symptoms of a heart attack. However, these symptoms may not necessarily be tied to a heart attack; rather it could be signs leading to a panic attack. Naturally people become very fearful of these symptoms as a heart attack is life threatening. But we can have a little ease knowing that panic attacks do not lead to death. While the symptoms may be similar, they are not the same.
The term ‘agoraphobia’ is related to open spaces, and people often link it to the fear of being in open environments. However, the definition of agoraphobia is much wider and should not be limited to the fear of open spaces. Agoraphobia is actually a type of anxiety disorder, and it is basically an overwhelming fear of a situation or thing that is perceived to have no way of escape. This phobia causes a person to shun situations, activities or things that he or she fears could cause a panic attack. People with agoraphobia tend to become overly afraid that they will not be able to get out of a particular situation, and even if they could, they perceive it to be extremely embarrassing and difficult. Continue reading “Agoraphobia and Panic Attacks”
It is very common for anyone to feel shy in a new environment, or nervous in front of a crowd of total strangers. It is also very normal for people to feel afraid of embarrassing themselves while giving a speech on stage. It is also equally usual for a person to feel butterflies in the stomach during an interview. However, it is necessary to understand that while these situations seem to happen very naturally, for some, things can actually lead to a psychological state called social anxiety disorder.
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Anxiety disorder can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, shape or size. However, there are researches that are pointing towards a connection between obesity and mental health problems.A study by Australian researchers concluded that there is a correlation between obesity and mental health. This study, published by the Australian Health Review, was conducted on more than a thousand volunteers. The obese participants mostly aged 45 and above had reported that emotional problems had a significant effect on their daily working life and social activities. This group of people also showed very low serenity levels, and was less calm compared to those who were smaller in size. This indicates that obese people are more likely to suffer from psychological issues compared to their skinny counterparts.