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What Does Anxiety Feel Like?

What Does Anxiety Feel Like?

There is more than one way to experience anxiety, and anxiety will feel different depending on the individual, the situation and the type of anxiety. Panic disorder feels different from generalized anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder feels different from social anxiety disorder. There are lists of anxiety symptoms available, but a person does not have to experience all of them to be feeling anxious, and he or she may also...

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The Relief of Not Being in Complete Control

The Relief of Not Being in Complete Control

Addiction is often portrayed as a disease of choice, or lack thereof. For example, the Office on Women’s Health considers “Loss of control: the inability to stop drinking” to be one of four “typical characteristics of alcoholism”[1]. This organization and others are quick to label the loss of control as a negative and inevitable aspect of addiction without emphasizing the potential positives to admitting one’s powerlessness. In...

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Can Addiction Cause Trauma in Family Members?

Can Addiction Cause Trauma in Family Members?

Addiction does not happen in a vacuum, even if drug and alcohol users like to think they have no problems with drugs or that their drug abuse only affects them. In other words, an addict will harm everyone she knows in one way or another. In her book, Drug Addiction and Families, Marina Barnard explains that “Even a sideways glance at what it might be like to be the son or daughter, mother or father, brother or sister of a loved one whose drug...

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The Value of Support When Coping with Depression and Anxiety

The Value of Support When Coping with Depression and Anxiety

Depression and anxiety do not have to be causes for loneliness or isolation. Combating isolation through support also combats the mental health concerns underlying such feelings. The journal, Psychiatry[1] shares, “The harmful consequences of poor social support and the protective effects of good social support in mental illness have been well documented. Social support may moderate genetic and environmental vulnerabilities.” No matter the...

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