The Anxiety and Panic Series: Effective Strategies for Treating Anxiety (continued)

Welcome back to the second part of our anxiety management strategies list. Now, we'll review tips and resources for the management of panic attacks and panic disorder, specific phobia, agoraphobia, and anxiety due to substances or medical conditions. Follow the pink links to visit resource pages, and click here to review the symptoms of the various anxiety disorders. Panic Attacks Panic attacks can feel absolutely horrible but it's important to remember that they are not dangerous. Typically, they can be survived by healthy or unusual distractions. It's also important to figure out what triggers them, so you can help prevent them from becoming a regular occurrence. Tips: At the onset of

The Anxiety and Panic Series: Effective Strategies for Treating Anxiety

We've made it to Part Five of the Series, and today we're going to review some of the most well-studied approaches to mastering anxiety. Solutions for each of the 9 major types of anxiety will be listed in 2 parts. I'll also list several community, online, and national (or international) resources. There's a lot to cover, so let's jump right in! Just to review, the 9 major types of anxiety are: Selective Mutism Generalized Anxiety Disorder Separation Anxiety Social Anxiety Disorder Panic Attacks Panic Disorder Specific Phobia Agoraphobia Anxiety from drugs, medicine or medical conditions If you need a refresher of the anxiety descriptions, just click here. For all types of anxiety, please

9/11, Med School and Me

I began medical school in the summer of 2001 and was beyond excited. You can see it on my face at my pinning ceremony in this picture. Med school, for most science-oriented students, is a long-awaited dream, constructed by years of diligent study. It represented the passing of test after test after test - and being ready for the ultimate challenge. My best friend and I decided we'd apply to the University of Miami, both with the intention of getting back to Florida and being close to family. We were beside ourselves when we received our school acceptances, moved down to Miami, and rented our first apartment. Right after school started, our 22-year-old-type tragedy struck. One of our

The Anxiety and Panic Series: An Exploration of the American Brand of Fear

At the outset of this series, my main intention was to uncover the reasons America has the most anxious population in the world. At times, I wonder if calling us "anxious," though, is accurate. Remember when we began the series, we defined "anxiety" as uncomfortable, excessive anticipation about a real or imagined event. And we distinguished anxiety from fear by defining fear as reasonable apprehension about a real threat. In America, the lines between those things that are real threats and those things that irrationally provoke anxiety have become very, very blurred. Regardless of all the potentially polarizing facets of American culture, our commonalities are abundant. I'm of the opi

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