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Symptoms of Anxiety Attacks

Symptoms of Anxiety Attack:
The Symptoms of an Anxiety Attack or Panic Attack include:

• Overwhelming feeling of panic
• Feel that you maybe losing control or going crazy
• Overwhelming feeling of dread
Feel like walls are closing in or you are going to die
• Feeling detached from reality

 
Physical Symptoms of Anxiety Attack:

Hyperventilation
Hot flashes or chills
Trembling or shaking
Inability to stop crying
Pounding heart or chest pain
Feeling like you’re going to faint
Trouble breathing

Anxiety Attacks: What are they?
Anxiety attacks, also known as panic attacks, are episodes of intense and overwhelming rush of panic or fear. Anxiety attacks usually occur suddenly and without warning.

Panic attacks usually peak within […]

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Fight the Winter Blues: Seasonal Affective Disorder

 

 
Winter Blues: Seasonal Affective Disorder
Susan is a 39 year old stay at home mom with 2 daughters ages 11 and 8. As  Thanksgiving approaches, Susan notices that her mood starts to dip. She goes through the motions of  holiday decorations, hosting Thanksgiving dinner and finally getting the Christmas tree and presents ready. She watches the girls as well as people all around her be joyful and excited. Like every year, she pretends to be as excited and happy. Yet she is aware that underneath it all inhere seems to be a cloud is hanging over her. Sometimes she is actually […]

By |December 13th, 2015|Depression|Comments Off on Fight the Winter Blues: Seasonal Affective Disorder

Shame and the Alcoholic’s family

 
Shame and the Alcoholic’s family
The Spouse
Mary Beth had married the love of her life. Greg laughed a lot, was affectionate and caring and a good provider. The couple had two beautiful children. Life could not be better and Marybeth was happier than she had ever been. There was only one little problem: Greg sometimes drank too much. Marybeth had tried to reason with him, plead with him and even threatened to leave him. When they had these conversations, Greg seemed genuinely remorseful. He even became tearful when he heard how much she suffered because of his drinking. He promised to […]

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Alcohol and Shame

 
Shame as a basis for Alcoholism:
Greg’s dad died when Greg was only nine months old. His mom struggled as a single woman to raise him. It was the 1960s and life was hard for Greg’s mother. Two years later, it got to be too much and, she too left Greg. Greg’s grandparents raised him from then on. For the most part, his grandmother was kind and fair woman. But when she was overwhelmed, stressed or frustrated, she projected her anger on to Greg. She told him, “This is why your mother left you. You are just too much trouble.”

Knowing that […]

By |November 10th, 2015|Alcoholism, For Spouses, Relapse Prevention|Comments Off on Alcohol and Shame

Stages Of Alcoholism

Stages of Alcoholism
What is alcoholism?
The word “alcoholic” conjures up the image of an out-of-control drunk who is completely unaware of his surroundings. We see them on street corners, sleeping or chattering to themselves. But in reality, if alcohol is ruling your life, moods and relationships, you probably have a problem with drinking.  Alcoholism is a progressive disease and there are different stages of Alcoholism.

Drinking is an accepted social activity in our society— wine with dinner, going out for drinks with friends or celebrating special occasions. Because alcohol so commonly used and is a social lubricant, it can be hard to […]

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Symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD comes under the umbrella of anxiety disorders where people have unwanted and repetitive thoughts, images, ideas and sensations. These thoughts, ideas, images or sensations are categorized as obsessions. They occur over and over again and feel out of the person’s control. It’s important to note that the person does not want to have these ideas and usually understands that these thoughts, ideas or sensations are not necessarily logical.

The person then feels the need to do something (compulsions) to neutralize, counteract, or make their obsessions go away. While these actions/activities or rituals take up […]

By |September 28th, 2015|Anxiety|Comments Off on Symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Myths About Postpartum Depression

Myths About Postpartum Depression

Myths surrounding postpartum depression not only make treatment difficult. It makes identification and diagnosis difficult as well.

Myth 1: Women with Postpartum Depression will hurt their kids

Fact: One of the most common and harmful myths about PPD is that these moms will hurt their children. This is because whenever we have a news story about a mom hurting or killing her children, we hear mention of postpartum depression. But in reality, moms who hurt or kill their children, suffer from postpartum psychosis as opposed to postpartum depression. Postpartum psychosis is rare: where one in 8 new moms get […]

By |September 14th, 2015|Depression|Comments Off on Myths About Postpartum Depression

Physical Signs of Alcoholism

 

 

Physical Signs of a Drinking Problem
Marge was looking forward to seeing her adult son after almost two years. Greg has been living in Europe on assignment with his wife and two little boys. Marge was delighted when he called to say that the family would be coming home for thanksgiving break.

However, since Greg arrived a day before Thanksgiving, Marge has been somewhat disturbed by some of the things that she noticed in Greg. Greg’s face looks flushed, his eyes are always bloodshot and he has gained a significant amount of weight. On the morning of Thanksgiving Day, Greg came downstairs […]

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Growing Up with an Alcoholic Parent

Growing Up With An Alcoholic Parent

In the next several weeks, we will look at the different characteristics that people develop in growing up with an alcoholic parent.  Adult children of alcoholics, very often, marry an addict or become addicted to alcohol, prescription medication, shopping or gambling themselves. They may also develop an eating disorder.

Growing up in a family where one or both parents are alcoholic can be not only painful and traumatic but can create behavior patterns in you that hinder your happiness and well-being in your adult years. In this article, you will meet Carla who bears the scars […]

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Its NOT all in your Head: Physical Symptoms of Anxiety

 

Its NOT all in your Head: Physical Symptoms of Anxiety

Anxiety is much more than just a feeling. As the body’s fight or flight response gets activated, it starts a complex chain of reactions in your body that can trigger a wide range of physical symptoms. An important part of anxiety treatment is to learn about your body’s response to anxiety. Here are some common physical symptoms of anxiety:

• Pounding heart: Pounding or rapid heart beat is a pretty common symptom of anxiety. A lot pf people mistake it for a heart attack and rush to the ER.
• Sweating: Sweaty palms […]

By |August 17th, 2015|Anxiety|Comments Off on Its NOT all in your Head: Physical Symptoms of Anxiety