Anxiety: A Lifestyle Problem for Addicts

“About four months into sobriety, I knew if I didn’t address my anxiety, I would go back to drinking. It was so severe, and I had no way to relieve it,” says Catherine Henricks, MS. Her situation is not uncommon. An astonishing 40 million people in the U.S. suffer from anxiety, and they are two…

Is Social Anxiety Stealing Your Potential?

Here’s a simple social anxiety test: When you hear a group of people laugh, do you wonder what they found so funny, or are you sure they’re laughing at you? That feeling of being judged and found lacking, of being doomed to embarrass yourself whenever you are around others, are hallmarks of social anxiety disorder,…

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Is Anxiety Holding You Captive?

You receive a memo from your supervisor that you’re to update a group of managers on a project, and you have only a few days to prepare. The thought of standing before the group makes your head spin, your heart beat out a staccato rhythm and your palms sweat. You want to a dive under…

How to Know if Your Anxiety is Healthy or Unhealthy

Anxiety is a healthy and normal response to certain situations, especially those involving danger or personal difficulty. The feeling of anxiousness is part of what drives a person to prepare for challenges in life. The key difference between healthy and unhealthy anxiety has to do with frequency and function – how often are the symptoms…

Are You at Risk for an Anxiety Disorder?

Anxiety disorders impact millions of people at some point during their lifetimes.  From excessive worry to extreme avoidance of certain types of social situations, anxiety is distressing and can even be debilitating.  It negatively impacts relationships, damages or derails careers, and often causes self-confidence to plummet.  It can make what should be a happy life…

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Are You an Avoider? That Can Increase Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most common of all mental illnesses in the United States. Nearly 40 million American adults have some form of an anxiety disorder and most of those are women. Why women suffer more with anxiety is not fully understood. Anxiety disorders include panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, and…

sad girl looking away on couch with signs of social anxiety disorder

Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder) in Girls and Women

Social phobia, also known as social anxiety disorder, is a psychiatric disorder characterized by intense fear of embarrassment or humiliation in common social settings or during the performance of common public tasks. Unlike the more or less universal fears associated with involvement in social situations, the fears in people with social phobia can seriously interfere…

Women with generalized anxiety disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Women

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a form of medically serious anxiety characterized by persistent, extreme worry about a variety of everyday events, situations and circumstances. While most people worry about things in their lives to a certain degree, people with GAD develop ongoing levels of stress and anxiety that damage their ability to function and…

Depressed or Anxious? Tips to Help You Deal with Depression and Anxiety

According to Mental Health America, depression affects more than 19 million Americans per year. Depression often co-exists with other conditions such as anxiety. Clearly, depression and anxiety are widespread problems in this country, and anyone who suffers from the conditions understands why. Persons suffering from depression and anxiety are often prescribed medications in conjunction with…