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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obessesive Compulsive Disorder Explained

  When Doubt Dictates Action   It can be irritating to the people around you when you continuously have the urge to repeat something over and over again - this is what people with obsessive compulsive disorder go through almost each minute of their lives.   The condition is chronic and long-lasting and is commonly referred to as the doubting disorder because it preys on a person's doubts. People who suffer from this condition are usually consciously aware that their thoughts are irrational and are nothing but distortions of reality.   However, they feel so strongly about them emotionally that it clouds logical thinking. For people with OCD, the mind becomes a gift and a curse.   It can put forward very compelling arguments and solve complex problems but at the same time manipulate facts into half-truths.   Signs and Symptoms   Those suffering from this condition experience symptoms of compulsions, obsessions, or sometimes both. The symptoms can interfere with a person's school, work, and personal relationships.   Obsessions are recurring thoughts, mental images or urges that result in anxiety. People who suffer from this disorder constantly fret about things or issues that are normally ignored because they really don't matter. Some of the common symptoms include fear of dirt or germs, taboo thoughts about religion, sex, and pain, the desire for symmetry or perfection, and hostile thoughts towards self or others.   Compulsions are recurring behaviors that people with this disorder feel the need to engage in as responses to obsessive thoughts. Some of the common ones include:   Arranging things in a particular manner: People with OCD generally like to have stuff color coordinated, arranged in a sequence or chronologically. Excessive cleaning or sometimes even hand-washing: Again, those with this type of disorder have a habit of constantly…

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Overcome Public Speaking Anxiety

  To some people, speaking in public is a daunting affair. Such persons usually go to great lengths to avoid giving speeches.   Causes of public speaking fear   The fear of speaking in public is known as Glossophobia, and is rooted in social phobia. It stems from the fear of being judged. In a perfect world, you should deliver a loud, coherent speech but doubts of your ability and hundreds of eyes on you create a fear that is difficult to shake. Modern day lifestyle also contributes to fear of public speaking. Consider the following: Most people spend their time online, where they are not required to speak in front of anyone. As a result, they are not used to being judged or speaking in public. Work related communication does not encourage public speaking. When you get used to sending emails and texting, you do not worry about judgment. This is a problem for upcoming public speakers because it means less experience.   Reducing public speaking anxiety It is common to feel some anxiety before speaking in public; even the best public speakers feel it. Therefore, you should not expect to be completely free of it. Just let the anxiety fuel you into delivering a great speech. When you start feeling anxious, take deep breaths and count to five. Doing so will help you to stay in the moment. You can also carry a small item and squeeze it during the speech.   Ready? You're up next.   Before the speech Practice thoroughly Practicing is important and should be done properly. Practice the lines of your speech so that you do not forget. Practicing makes speaking instinctive. Practicing makes you more familiar with the speech and speaking up so that you can have an easier time finding your way…

Types Of Anxiety

Types of Anxiety

In medicine, one of the solutions to effectively treating disorders and diseases is having the right information on a particular condition. This is because the right information, which is usually a result of various tests, can guide the physician and patient on the mode of treatment.   This is very true for most, if not all diseases, including anxiety disorders, because being able to acquire the right information on a specific type of anxiety disorder increases the chances of effective treatment. One of the ways to get this information is to have knowledge of the types of anxiety disorders.   Anxiety is excessive worry or exaggerated reaction to a triggering event. It is only considered as a mental health problem if it is prolonged, severe and if it interferes with your daily activities. In children, anxiety disorders range from a simple adjustment disorder to more challenging and debilitating disorders such as panic attacks and post-traumatic stress.   It is normal to feel anxious when facing something difficult or dangerous while mild anxiety could be a useful and positive experience. Excessive anxiety is often associated with other mental health problems, such as depression. Unfortunately, most people who suffer anxiety do not seek for treatment because they do not believe that it is an illness, or they fear the reaction of family and friends.         There are different types of anxiety disorders and depending on your personal fear; you can begin to fight them appropriately.   These disorders include:   Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) This type is very common and is caused by generally high levels of stress, tension, and worry. It comes about from everyday living and is caused by things such as a bad relationship, a highly stressful job, and the shortage of finances among others. The…

Medications vs Psychotherapy

Anxiety Treatment – Medications vs Psychotherapy

  Living in the modern world has plenty of things to offer. Unfortunately, a fast paced life has also a lot to offer in terms of stress and anxiety. From anything as simple as meeting your child's teacher to working in a stressful environment, there are plenty of things a person can worry about in their day to day life. Usually, there is nothing wrong with being concerned about something. However, once you start to feel that anxiety starts to interfere with your life and your activities, then it is probably a good time to seek anxiety treatment - Medications vs Psychotherapy.   [caption id="attachment_210" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Medications vs Psychotherapy[/caption]  Featured image via emagineart/Flickr Creative Commons   Staying happy with the help of a pill More often than not, a lot of people turn to medication in order to keep their anxiety in check. But there are a few important things that you should always keep in mind. First of all, there is a variety of anti-anxiety drugs available. Among the most common ones, you can recognize Xanax, Valium, , and Ativan. They seem to be the go to drugs. However, they are not the only medication available - Antidepressants and beta blockers are an alternative to the above. Whats important though is that not every person needs nor should be taking this kind of medication. In most cases, a person can deal with their issue without having to resort to medication and the side effects that come with it. Depending on the type of medication, there are different side effects. Drowsiness, clumsiness, slurred speech or even depression are among the common side effects of anti-anxiety drugs. Among the rest of the treatments, nausea, headaches and other symptoms, are also common. Bottom line is, you need to know that anti-anxiety medications are a…

what is a panic attack?

Panic Attacks 101

  What is a panic attack?   A panic attack is that sudden occurrence of overwhelming fear and anxiety which peaks in a matter of minutes. A lot of people suffer panic attacks without actually realizing it because some of the symptoms mimic other illnesses such as heart disease, breathing disorder and thyroid problems.   Some of the common physical symptoms of anxiety include: sweating, shaking, pounding heart, discomfort, choking, heat sensations, nausea, frequent urination or diarrhea, headaches and numbness among others. Even though panic attacks are very much treatable, it is not exactly clear what causes them because the tendency to experience them appears to also be connected to genetics. However, the causes can be grouped into two categories; psychological and physiological.   signs of a panic attack   Psychological causes Traumatic experiences in life such as loss of a loved one Severe stress due to divorce and job loss. Transitions in life like college graduation, career and getting married Physiological causes Genetics Low levels of blood sugar Withdrawal from medication Use of stimulants such as cocaine and caffeine Hyperthyroidism   How to stop panic attacks?   If you are in the process of having a panic attack, immediate treatment can come in the form of tapping therapy which basically involves tapping on your cheek bone using the middle and index fingers to give you a calming effect. Another solution is to ground yourself by grabbing onto something familiar like a door-frame. This is because panic attacks cause a feeling of being disoriented which is usually unnerving. Panic attacks can also be slowed down by deep breathing because shallow breathing often results into hyperventilation. Try using ice cubes, especially if you are in the middle of an intense attack, can help to divert your attention. Hold the ice cube in your…

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