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How To Battle Seasonal Affective Disorder Now?

Not everyone is happy and hopeful after the end of the holiday season. Year-end holidays can bring a hard time to some because of seasonal affective disorder or SAD. Experts say that little sunlight during winter months can drive some people to experience symptoms of SAD. Lack of adequate exposure to bright light can trigger SAD, causing depression, anxiety and loss of energy, lethargy, withdrawal from social life and sense of hopelessness.

SAD is a fairly new mental disorder (yes, it is a recognized mental disorder), only first described in medical literature in 1984. Bouts of SAD can also exacerbate symptoms in people with bipolar disorder. Women are more likely than men to suffer from SAD.

Why people get SAD during holiday season?

You should know that light exposure has effects on the body. Experts say that light has an effect on the mood, and bright colors can lift it up. The natural clockwork in the body, termed as circadian rhythm, is also partially influenced by regular and timely exposure to daylight. The circadian rhythm influences the timing of hormonal secretions and sleep cycles. When this regular exposure to light is interrupted, like in extended periods of darkness during fall and winter, this circadian rhythm gets thrown off.

SAD may occur when our bodies do not receive adequate light. People living at extreme latitudes, which have four seasons, tend to experience regular daylight at least half of year. Thus, SAD cases are more evident in such regions than in countries located closer to the equator.

Keep in mind that SAD can also occur as the season changes from winter to spring or to summer. This means that transition to warm weather can cause SAD, though it has different symptoms.

How do I know if I have SAD?

Experiencing periods of changes in mood, sleep and appetite during changes in seasons, you may be already experiencing SAD. The symptoms of SAD during the cold season tends be depressed mood, loss of energy, oversleeping and anxiety, while symptoms triggered during spring and summer season include insomnia, irritability, weight loss and poor appetite. If these symptoms persists for days at a time and it already causes problems in your everyday activities, you need help.

People with existing bipolar disorder with SAD may manifest symptoms such as persistently elevated mood, hyperactivity, agitation and rapid thoughts and speech. People with bipolar disorder exhibiting these symptoms during extended periods of darkness (or daylight) must be quickly assessed by a psychiatrist for treatment.

Treatment for SAD

Some people may dismiss SAD symptoms by using terms like ‘winter blues’ and ‘spring fever’. It is easy to notice that you may feel bit sluggish during winter or euphoric at the first moments of spring. But if the emotions you feel during such weather are so overwhelming that it affects your daily activities and your responsibilities at home, school or work, you need to have a psychiatric evaluation immediately.

The good thing is people suffering from SAD symptoms can find relief from simple measures. The right use of light therapy is an effective measure to get over and reduce symptoms of SAD. Keep in mind that the appropriate luminosity on light boxes for SAD is at least 10,000 lux. Select a lightbox that emit white light and has appropriate ultraviolet radiation filters. You need to use the lightbox 30 minutes every day, preferably after arising in the morning.

Furthermore, make sure be exposed to daylight (no matter how little) and allow natural light to come inside the house during the day.

Light treatment is shown to be as effective as antidepressants in management of SAD symptoms. Plus, you do not have to bear the adverse effect of antidepressants when you choose light therapy for treatment of SAD.

 

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Christmas-Related Stress And Anxiety: What You Should Know

Holidays is often a time of rush and numerous events, and unfortunately, some find it a season of anxiety and additional stress. This is true to people with no anxiety or depressive problems, whose worries include what gifts to buy or what events should they go, or how they should prepare for the Christmas or New Year’s Eve, or going to family reunions.

But to individuals with existing anxiety and mood disorders, they have somewhat different reasons why Christmas season is a time of struggle. And the worst thing is that they find it unable to reach for help or to have someone listen to their struggles.

Some holiday-related triggers of anxiety and stress

Here are some notable reasons why holidays are such a bad time for people with anxiety problems:

  • Having to attend numerous gatherings with people you are not comfortable with.
  • Participating and preparing in activities with people, again, you are not comfortable mingling with.
  • Things that preoccupy the mind but don’t have enough time to do like organizing lists, decorating and shopping and buying gifts
  • Fraught relationships with coworkers, friends, schoolmates or family members, etc.

How to cope and what you can do?

In many people, whether they have anxiety disorders or not, feel degrees of loneliness and disappointment. Some may even feel despair and hopelessness. These emotions are surprisingly common during the holidays despite the festivities. If you feel terrible and burdened during the holidays, you are not alone. But you can do something about it.

Here is what you can do to cope:

  • Learn to prioritize. List events and to-do lists prioritize them according to importance. You should determine if an event or task is worth going to or worth doing. Of course, make a list on things you shouldn’t do, too.
  • Always make sure to protect your integrity. If you feel that you are not comfortable in an upcoming event or in a task, don’t go or don’t do it. For example, think carefully if you really have to go to a family reunion where you have to spend time with a relative whom you don’t have good relations with.
  • Do the things you want to do this holiday season, not just because you have to. It is not worth to do something just because of family tradition or just to please your relatives. For example, do you really need to bake a cake according to your deceased grandmother’s recipe when you can enjoy on burger and fries?
  • Be organized and make sure to have enough rest in a day. Learn to delegate. All duties and tasks during holiday season are best done with many people on your side.
  • Make sure to communicate your thoughts to someone you trust. It will really help alleviate negative and anxious thoughts. Spend time with people who accept and understand you.
  • Make sure your day has enough time to do what you need to do and time for rest. Take care of yourself. Bouts of flu and fever are common during the holidays, and you don’t have to go to events if you are sick.

The problem is not on you

You should understand that the problem during these times is not you. Holiday seasons are such a rush that many people find it unable to cope. If you feel bad during the holidays, it is not your fault. Don’t forget to continue your treatment for anxiety and mood disorders – do not interrupt it during this holiday season.

 

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What You Should Know About Car Accidents And Anxiety Disorders

We will discuss car accidents and anxiety. One of the overlooked consequences of experiencing car accidents is the development of anxiety disorders. According to statistics in the United States, in 2009 an estimated 10.8 million motorists suffered accidents while on the road. This means one person in the United States is injured every 10 seconds due to a motor vehicle collision. Among these survivors, some of them may eventually develop psychiatric conditions such as anxiety disorders.

Why anxiety and other emotional disorders are often overlooked?

Being a person responsible (or a victim) of a car wreck is an immensely stressful experience, and what’s worse, involved persons often don’t seek or are unable to get help. Persons on the wheel of the involved vehicle are often in shock, in excitement and find it difficult to remain calm. The numerous paperwork and reports needed in the aftermath of a vehicle collision often makes it difficult for the involved persons to discuss their emotions, which heightens risk of developing psychiatric problems. Some psychiatric problems seen among car accident survivors include anxiety, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

Here are important things you should know about vehicular accidents and anxiety problems:

  • In the movies, car accidents survivors often remained coherent and unemotional – this is not always the case in real life. The upheaval of emotions during car collisions is always immense but often underestimated.
  • Only few studies explored the association between car accidents and anxiety disorders. In a research study from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, researchers estimated that persons involved in car accidents face less than 14% risk of having psychiatric issues in the future; 5.7% risk of having anxiety disorder, 6.6% risk of phobias (often to driving), less than 6% risk of having depression and 13.1% risk of having post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • In another study featured in BMJ, one-fifth of the respondents suffered from mood disorders as well as horrific memories of the accident. At least one-tenth of the respondents also reported phobias in travelling and driving.
  • In the BMJ study, respondents with previous psychological and social issues before the vehicle accident are at more risk.
  • The type of vehicle involved in the accident (car, motorcycle, etc.), gravity of the injuries sustained in the car accident, or being a driver or the passenger may not be predictive for anxiety disorders.
  • In a more recent study, it is found that the most prevalent psychiatric problem among car accident survivors is moderate-to-severe anxiety (55% prevalence), especially among females.
  • In some cases, psychiatric and emotional disorders like anxiety become evident months after the vehicular accident.
  • Fortunately, majority persons with psychiatric disorders due to vehicle accidents report improvements within 3 to 12 months.

What to learn from these studies

Anxiety disorders have many different causes. However, history of involvement in a vehicle collision is often not taken into consideration during assessments of psychiatric issues like anxiety disorders.

Perhaps, the best piece of information we should know about car accidents and anxiety disorders is to determine early symptoms. Some of the early symptoms of ongoing anxiety problem include feeling faint, wobbliness in legs, and feeling dizzy or light-headed, feeling hot, and sweating but not due to external heat sources. Vehicle accident related anxiety tend to elicit symptoms such as being unable to relax, being scared and fear of the worst happening , having difficulty breathing and being terrified, nervousness and a fear of dying. Furthermore, being in a vehicular accident does not always mean you will have psychiatric issues soon so there’s no need to worry.

If you especially feel anxious when driving or riding a vehicle, or chose to avoid cars altogether, 2 to 12 months after the incident can mean that you have a trauma from the accident and you need help. This applies even if the vehicular accident you were involved is relatively minor. Lastly, the best advice for motorists to avoid anxiety issues and car accidents altogether is to drive safely and be alert while on the road.

 

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Anxiety And Defense Mechanisms

Kids and teens are actually experience anxiety a lot because they face new things every day, and have yet to develop strategies to relieve anxious feelings. If children became adept in facing anxiety as they grow up, they develop and adopt desirable defense mechanisms. These defense mechanisms are responses meant to maintain emotional integrity. However, not all defense mechanisms help maintain emotional integrity for long-term.

Note: This piece can be useful and informative for adults too, so keep reading.

Anxiety is a normal part of childhood growth

As children grow they always encounter new situations time after time that can easily be a source of anxiety, just as how adults feel when faced to new and foreign things. Anxiety is a normal part of life that must be faced and handled properly for good emotional development. There are many sources of anxiety for children. Children face anxiety at home duties, schoolwork and social relationships.

Children tend to acquire anxiety-relieving strategies from someone who is with them most of the time. This actually makes caregivers compulsory role models in teaching children how to face and handle anxiety productively.

The manners and actions people do in an effort to control and handle anxiety are collectively termed as ‘defense mechanisms’. There are desirable and undesirable defense mechanisms. Children must learn to face anxiety from adults so they can develop desirable defense mechanisms by the time they become adults.

However, children and teens may engage in less desirable defense mechanisms. They do this since they may not have learned the ‘proper’ defense mechanisms yet. Children may engage from time to time doing these defense mechanisms such as:

  • Daydreaming:

A child or teen who is unpopular in school may daydream that he or she is attractive or popular. Daydreaming seems to be a common mechanism to avoid painful or unacceptable feelings.

  • Identification:

A child with no singing talent whatsoever may admire or imitate Elvis Presley. Identification can be a defense mechanism to a person who has feelings of inadequacy.

  • Regression:

An older sibling may start crawling instead of walking, after the birth of a younger sibling. Regression is somewhat common to children facing unacceptable feelings of anxiety.

These occasional defense mechanisms are normal in children and teens, and will resolve over time. Therefore, parents must not make a fuss on their children exhibiting these temporary behaviors.

Well, what are the desirable defense mechanisms adolescents must develop by the time they turn into adults?

These desirable defense mechanisms are considered a mark of maturity. These defense mechanisms are termed desirable because they are not pathological, do not cause problems in relationships and are not out of touch with reality.

Here are some desirable defense mechanisms adolescents (and adults) must develop as they turn into adults:

  • Altruism:

A person facing job instability devoted more time volunteering in a community day-care center

  • Anticipation:

Upon hearing the news of retrenchment, a clerical worker begins updating resumes and sending job applications.

  • Humor:

A talent, after tripping on the stage in front of the audience, finished the performance and later went into the backstage and laughed with the stagehands regarding unfortunate incident.

  • Sublimation:

Upon hearing of failing to secure a job promotion, she began to spend more time and effort with her present work.

These defense mechanisms are not easy to do in face of anxious situation. As emotionally-healthy children grow, they gradually adopt these mechanisms and discard less effective and desirable ones.

When anxiety in children and teens become abnormal

Children and teens may suffer silently from anxiety disorders since they could not adequately explain what they are feeling, and because they may not elucidate the same symptoms as in adults. They may resort to defense mechanisms that may damage relationships or cause long-term damage to self, like distortion, aggression and displacement of anger, in an effort to control anxiety. Other unhealthy forms of defense mechanisms include unconscious repression of thoughts, denial, and projection of one’s faults to other people.

When a child has an ongoing anxiety problem, he or she badly needs support and understanding from parents and experts like psychologists. In many cases, a family together seeking help has better chances of success since the treatment will be applied holistically.

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Why You Need To Deal With Your Anxiety Now

There are very good reasons why you need to deal with anxiety now. Anxiety disorders have a significant impact to personal relationships, work and school. Anxiety prevents us from coping with problems and doing things we need or love to do.

In some cases, the anxiety disorder does not respond to usual treatments. It is true that some cases of anxiety disorders don’t make a good response to usual medications and psychotherapy. Failed treatments for anxiety is emotionally and physically stressful to patients. There are times when treatments failed to reduce repeated symptoms and panic attacks. Or, anxiety symptoms reoccur again sometime after an apparently successful treatment. Because of repeated failures, there are times when we refuse to seek help for our condition.

Stress from anxiety can increase risk of having Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

There is a very important reason why you need to deal with anxiety now. There are studies showing that stress from chronic anxiety can spur development of neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, which claims thousands of new victims year after year.

According to a study published in the journal BMJ Open, stress during middle age may result to changes in the brain that increases risk of having dementia in later life. This finding is based on a study on 800 Swedish women followed for around 40 years. From 1968 to 2005, the researchers conducted six neuropsychiatric tests, gathered data such as presence of distress symptoms, identified stressors and overall health information. The researchers found out that 1 in 4 women had experienced minimum of one stressful event. In addition, the number of stressors is associated with increased risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Another study presented at the XXI World Congress of Neurology in Vienna showed that stress is associated with symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, and eventual diagnosis within average of at least 2 years. Men who experienced severe emotional stress are particularly prone.

Stress can fuel anxiety thoughts and when particularly chronic can lead to panic attacks. Anxiety also generates a lot of stress in our minds. According to the studies, experiencing stress (or anxiety-related stress) at middle age makes you at risk for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. This is a good reason for you to tackle anxiety disorders now.

Stress can fuel anxiety thoughts and when particularly chronic can lead to panic attacks. Anxiety also generates a lot of stress in our minds. According to the studies, experiencing stress (or anxiety-related stress) at middle age makes you at risk for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. This is a good reason for you to tackle anxiety disorders now.

You need to try other anxiety treatments

Psychiatrists may prescribe a treatment that works for others, but not for you. You may have forgotten to report an important symptom to your doctor (happens often) that could have led to wrong diagnosis/treatment.

But keep in mind that anxiety is absolutely curable; you may just not having the right treatment you need. To treat anxiety successfully, you just have to try and choose which treatment will work for you. This applies whether you are using natural anxiety treatments or using medications. If it does not work, switch immediately.

Understand that treating anxiety will take time, and right practice

Treatment for anxiety disorders requires you to be patient and keep trying. It is a big mistake to stop anxiety treatment or even have a momentary ‘break’ from treatment. Stopping treatment will not solve anxiety issues. You have to keep trying because there are lots of natural treatments for anxiety that you haven’t tried yet. Even if one therapy does not work, or if symptoms abruptly erupt, all you need to do is switch to other treatment, and hope for the best.

We at NATURAL ANXIETY REMEDIES believe that natural therapies can be just as effective as medications in treating anxiety disorders. A lot of people can already attest to efficacy of some natural anxiety treatments as long as applied correctly.

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What You Need To Know About Food For Anxiety

If you have anxiety problems, you better eat more anti-anxiety food items. People suffering from anxiety attacks should always watch what they eat. They actually have more need to modify their diet, which may help reduce intensity and frequency of attacks.

There are several foods for anxiety that can help you better control anxious symptoms and attacks. When taken correctly, you may no longer need to take medications and it will make your life easier.

Here’s what you need to do:

Emphasize whole foods

Whole foods, in the sense of being unprocessed, can help you better control anxiety attacks. It has been long recognized that compounds in food preservatives actually escalate anxious response and may be implicated in increased frequency of anxiety attacks. Furthermore you cannot discern every ingredient in processed foodstuff, so you don’t actually know what you are consuming every time you eat factory-made food.

Another thing is that fresh foodstuff can help correct the balance of neurotransmitters in our brain. Several studies have uncovered the fact that what we eat actually affects how we feel. Suggested foodstuff for anxiety must be rich in selenium and carbohydrates. Lack of selenium makes us cranky, irritable and anxious while carbs helps the brain produce serotonin, which brings relaxation. Good sources of selenium include brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, whole grains and seaweeds. For carbs, perfect choices include whole grain pasta or breads and quinoa.

Eat more sleep-inducing food at night

Anxiety attacks are more intense if you lack sleep or you have too much sleep debt. Sleep is actually the only way for our entire body to relax, so if you lack enough slumber, you are denying your body some much-needed rest. If you don’t get enough rest, the neurotransmitter activity in your brain may not work properly that contributes to more intense panic attacks, and fewer reserves to control anxiety.

Sleep better by placing more emphasis on foods such as milk, nuts and seeds, bananas and eggs during night-time – these foodstuffs are actually rich in tryptophan, which is a known sleep inducer. Carbohydrates are also good for inducing sleep, so make sure to have a small serving of whole bread or baked potato (no butter please) at night.

Accept the fact that you need to reduce caffeine and alcohol intake

Caffeine is a stimulant, while alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. These psychoactive substances do wonders in our nervous system, and they also do a good job in messing the activity of neurotransmitters in our brain. If you have problems regarding anxiety, it will be best to cut both alcohol and caffeine.

Caffeine, in others, may not cause any problems at all. However, anxiety disorder sufferers often find themselves jittery and anxious after downing their usual morning coffee. In regard to alcohol, there is evidence that it may exacerbate anxiety issues instead of solving them. We tend to reach for a glass of wine or a can of beer to help relax at the end of a stressful day. But alcohol is no means to cope with anxiety, because it can prevent you from using better coping strategies like discussing things with a friend, having a warm bath or playing with your pet.

Watch what you eat

Remember, you can control anxiety issues by just carefully selecting what food to eat and beverage to drink. Stay away from processed foodstuff, and replace with fresh and wholesome food and stay away from caffeine and alcohol as much as possible. Anti-anxiety foods can help you better manage anxiety issues and keep you healthy too.

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Helpful Tips For Best Use Of Natural Anxiety Treatments

Here are some suggestions for effective use of natural treatment for anxiety disorders. There are lots of anxiety remedies to choose from that are proven beneficial and very helpful, however most of us do not know how to use them properly. People suffering from panic attacks and anxiety disorders will find more benefit from natural anxiety remedies. Why? There are many natural anxiety treatments to choose from, in which two or more can help you manage your own anxiety disorder.

Natural remedies are safe for self-treatment

Many people choose self-treatment of anxiety disorders. Some resort to self-treatment because they received little help from their doctors or family, or simply frustrated from repeated failed treatments. Others see that the level of their anxiety disorders is manageable enough for self-treatment. This can be safely done using natural anxiety remedies; it cannot be said to medications, because that can be dangerous to your health and not mentioning it’s somewhat illegal in many states.

If one does not work, try another

Another thing is that there are numerous natural anxiety treatments out there that if one natural treatment does not work, you can try another. If you tried yoga and it did not worked for you, try regular walking exercise or warm baths in its place. There are lots of natural remedies to choose from, you just have to try them all. Surely, you will find three or more modalities that are helpful to you.

Individualized treatments are possible with natural remedies

With natural anxiety treatments at hand, you can also try to make a therapy plan that is individualized to your needs. This is ideal for patients who had tried numerous natural anxiety treatments already. First, list all modalities had tried. Then, list modalities that you never tried. Then make a weekly plan in your calendar and save some time to perform one treatment modality. For example, try having herbal tea on 3 pm and 5 pm on Monday, then a walking exercise on Tuesday at 4 pm, and so on. If you prefer to have treatment every other day, then do it. Make changes as necessary, it’s up to you.

Try and document!

One helpful tip for effective use of natural anxiety remedies is not to be afraid to try. Be always on the search, try everything that comes in your way, and make accurate assessment! Further more, don’t waste all of your effort. Do this by documenting all of your assessments. Each time  you try each one, take note of its effects, usability and the scenario where it is used – of course also take note of the date. In this way, you can document all tried natural remedies and go back to them later. Taking notes will make your search more search time worthy. It will also prevent you from wasting effort in using previously-failed remedies.

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All About Natural Anxiety Treatments

Here are things you should understand about natural anxiety treatments. Anxiety, also known as worries or angst, is a physiological and psychological condition characterized by having a feeling of unease and causes nervous behavior. Anxiety produces an uncomfortable and displeasing feeling of concern, trouble or fear. Anxiety is commonly associated with fatigue, muscle tension, restlessness and having problems concentrating. Many people around the world suffer from anxiety disorders that range from mild to severe. Anxiety disorders make it particularly hard for a person to handle and cope stressful moments in life.

People who have anxiety disorders are always looking for treatments to cure, tolerate and medicate their condition. One of the best and popular ways to manage anxiety disorder is natural anxiety treatments. Natural anxiety cures are recommended for sufferers who are not able to take anxiety medications because of many factors like side effects.

Some popular natural treatments for anxiety include the use of herbal treatments like supplements and pills that contain natural and herbal ingredients, exercises such as physical, relaxation and deep breathing exercises, CBT (cognitive behavioral technique) and  complementary techniques like acupuncture, aromatherapy, massage and more. These examples of natural treatments for anxiety are widely used because of it proven effectiveness and they are known to focus on the roots of the anxiety.

If you are using a natural anxiety treatment that focuses on the roots of your anxiety, you’ll find it easier to handle your condition. Any anxiety disorder is quite challenging, that is why it is important to seek help and know the proper way of treating the condition, as well as using natural anxiety treatment.

The use of the right natural anxiety treatments can provide the same benefits as medications with less chance of side effects, and it’s very safe. Natural treatments for anxiety do not cause addiction problems or increased tolerance.

Furthermore, natural anxiety treatments can further help sufferers in improving quality of life, function normally and handle appropriate responsibilities. You can also ask your doctor, psychologist or social worker about natural anxiety treatments as well.