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Panic vs. Anxiety Attack: Is There a Difference?


Maybe you find it hard to understand the difference between a panic attack and an anxiety attack. After all, aren't they the same thing? Actually, not as much as you would think. While people can struggle with either—or both—the reality is that these are two separate problems with distinct differences. Understanding these differences and how and why panic and anxiety attacks happen can be useful when you're looking for ways to manage these problems day-by-day. Let's take a closer look. When You Feel Panic The key thing to keep in mind when it comes to panic attacks is that there is an [...]

Panic vs. Anxiety Attack: Is There a Difference?2020-05-11T03:16:48+00:00

Could You Have High Functioning Anxiety?


Recently, I've had a handful of clients who told me some version of the following: "My friend forwarded me an article about high functioning anxiety. It sounded exactly like me." This piqued my curiosity. 25 years of experience in psychology has familiarized me with the fact that there are waves of symptom clusters that mysteriously find their way through my front door. So too, there are catchphrases that suddenly burst into popular usage. Is the phrase "high functioning anxiety" this years "gaslighting" I wondered? For those of you who don't get this allusion, suddenly in 2019 it became common to mention [...]

Could You Have High Functioning Anxiety?2020-05-09T00:39:32+00:00

Can Stress Therapy Help You Overcome Emotional Strain?


When it comes to stress management, it’s important to take advantage of all of your options. You probably have heard about lots of tips and tricks for managing anxiety and stress in your daily life. However, stress therapy may not necessarily have been mentioned. Though, it should also be included in your overall plan to overcome the emotional strain related to anxiety. Why? Because in therapy we can take advantage of specific tools that allow you to not only manage stress but to overcome it as well. If you have been struggling with stress, consider how stress therapy can help you. Finding Understanding [...]

Can Stress Therapy Help You Overcome Emotional Strain?2020-05-03T04:56:46+00:00

High Stress Coping-3 Practices For Creating Calm


Right now, stress is running very high. With the arrival of the Covid 19 public health emergency, there are so many unknowns, and so many sudden unforeseen pressures.  Surely everyone is being impacted in one way or another.  You likely have had to make dramatic changes to your work and home life. Recently, my clients have reported a host of dramatic changes that upended their lives. These include: Suddenly losing work Working dramatic amounts of overtime Having the kids home all the time Spouses working from the same home as they are Fear of being around others bccause of underlying health [...]

High Stress Coping-3 Practices For Creating Calm2020-04-06T05:15:35+00:00

Anxiety Disorders- A Path To Peace Of Mind


Anxiety Disorders are on the rise globally. In fact, about 30% of all adults will suffer with one during their lifetimes. But what's normal, often isn't what's optimal. Everyone struggles with anxiety sometimes, so how can you tell whether you could benefit from anxiety treatment? Let's begin with the basics. What Are Anxiety Disorders? It's normal to worry sometimes. We all have times when we feels stressed out. And as humans, there are times we face frightening situations. But how do you know if your struggle with anxiety goes beyond that?  What exactly are anxiety disorders?   Two Signs Of Anxiety [...]

Anxiety Disorders- A Path To Peace Of Mind2020-04-02T04:46:13+00:00

Natural Anxiety Treatments: Best Ways to Find Lasting Relief


When you struggle with anxiety, it can seem as if it will never go away. That's because you're always feeling anxious, to one degree or another, every day. Over time, this can really wear you down, making it hard to enjoy life and get any relief. Perhaps you’ve tried to get help—but nothing seems to work. And maybe you'd rather avoid medication. Don't despair. There are ways to find relief without drugs that you might not be aware of. These natural anxiety treatments, including neurofeedback and EMDR, can help you with finding lasting relief. The trick though is not relying on just [...]

Natural Anxiety Treatments: Best Ways to Find Lasting Relief2020-03-17T05:30:35+00:00

Consequences of Anxiety: Can Emotional Stress Affect You Physically?


There are two significant consequences of anxiety to consider. The first, of course, is the mental effects of stress on your psyche and well-being. Irritability, sadness, and not feeling in control are all symptoms of mental anxiety and stress. However, does emotional stress affect you physically too? The answer, unfortunately, is yes. Stress isn’t just something that can impact you mentally. It is a problem that causes harm throughout your body. And when combined, both the mental and physical symptoms of stress can feed off each other. That makes the problem worse. Here’s how emotional stress affects you physically, and what you can [...]

Consequences of Anxiety: Can Emotional Stress Affect You Physically?2020-03-12T05:15:26+00:00

Stress, Anxiety, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome: The Neurofeedback Alternative


There is a strong connection between anxiety and irritable bowel syndrome. One of the problems with stress and anxiety is that you can develop physical problems or ailments.  And often, symptoms can be made worse by emotional distress. For instance, we know that anxiety can cause persistent and painful headaches. Moreover, gastrointestinal problems are often linked to anxiety and stress as well. In fact, you may remember being a little nauseous or having a stomachache yourself when feeling stressed.  However, stressful situations can also bring about massive intestinal upset. For instance, an extreme example of how anxiety and stress can affect [...]

Stress, Anxiety, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome: The Neurofeedback Alternative2020-02-10T05:52:46+00:00

Anxiety and G.I. Problems: What Is the Connection?


The human body is absolutely fascinating, isn't it? Every day we are learning more how it works and realizing the extent that the different systems inside us don’t operate independently. The stomach doesn’t just process food, nor does the heart just pump blood. Rather, all of these physical mechanisms that are responsible for keeping you alive are actually connected, and our emotional brains affect them greatly. Thus, when you experience a health issue, such as a gastrointestinal problem, there is most likely more going on than you realize. For instance, it has been shown that anxiety and G.I. (gastrointestinal) problems are linked [...]

Anxiety and G.I. Problems: What Is the Connection?2020-01-27T01:19:06+00:00

Your Adolescent’s Health: How to Recognize Signs of Anxiety in Teens


There’s been a lot of discussion about anxiety and how it relates to adolescents' health. Today, teens are more stressed-out than those in previous generations. There’s pressure to be successful in school, sports, and extracurricular activities. Beyond that, college admissions can also be a source of anxiety. This includes getting into the “right” school and having the “ideal” application package. And let’s not forget about all of the social stressors that teens have always faced. Only now, there’s the Internet and social media to deal with on top of everything. All this can leave parents worried and concerned about their teen. Are they [...]

Your Adolescent’s Health: How to Recognize Signs of Anxiety in Teens2020-01-07T04:13:51+00:00