Anxiety

Can you Have Good Mental Health when you have a mental Illness

Mental health and mental illness are two terms that are often used interchangeably, but they are very different.  Everyone has mental health, whether it is good, bad or somewhere in the middle.  With that said, however, people who have poor mental health do NOT necessarily have a mental illness, nor do individuals who have a …

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Managing Anxiety about COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Effective Strategies and Helpful Resources

Normalizing Pandemic Anxiety Concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19) are warranted right now, given that it has been designated a global pandemic, and the vaccine for the virus is not yet available. While optimal levels of anxiety can help us to plan and prepare to keep ourselves safe, and our brains are hardwired with the fight—flight-and flee …

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Managing Anxiety and Stress During the Coronavirus Epidemic: Staying Calm 101

Everyone has their own way of responding to the outbreak of the Coronavirus and its subsequent impact on our daily lives.  Some are only minimally concerned, whereas others are glued to any updates about the spread and fatality rates of the virus, what institutions will be closed next, or the decent of the Dow Jones.  …

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Understanding the Many Faces of OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

Although there is great variation in how OCD is manifested, it is helpful to first understand the common ground of these manifestations: compulsions and obsessions.  Obsessions are “persistent impulses, ideas and images that intrude into a person’s thinking and cause excessive worry and anxiety.”  Compulsions are “mental acts or repetitive behaviors performed in response to …

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Overcoming Anxiety

Defining Anxiety Definition—Anxiety can be defined as an unpleasant affective (mood) experience marked by a significant degree of apprehensiveness about the potential appearance of aversive or harmful events. Anxiety is among one of the most common precipitants motivating people to seek medical or psychiatric services. An adaptive function of anxiety is to plan and prepare …

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