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Is There a Difference Between Introversion and Social Anxiety?

Posted on March 13, 2019

Social anxiety disorder, or SAD, affects about 15 million Americans and is a major risk factor in developing a substance use disorder. SAD is when you feel acutely anxious in social situations. People with SAD want to connect with others but their anxiety is an obstacle. They often deal with this problem by using alcohol… Read On »

5 Grounding Techniques to Help You Overcome Anxiety

Posted on March 3, 2019

Grounding is a simple but powerful idea. It just means paying attention to your physical environment in order to interrupt the cycle of negative thoughts. Grounding is especially useful for people with anxiety disorders or PTSD, but it can also be used to interrupt the rumination common in people with depression. When you feel anxiety,… Read On »

How Deep Breathing Banishes Anxiety

Posted on February 19, 2019

Fortunately, most of us rarely have to think about our breathing. It just happens in the background. However, if you do think about it, you may suddenly realize you need to take a deep breath, after which, you may find you feel a little better. Although we rarely think about it, breathing is connected to… Read On »

Why Are Intelligent People More Prone to Mental Illness?

Posted on February 15, 2019

Higher intelligencehas many advantages. Higher IQ is associated with better grades, better jobs, higher pay, and even longer life. However, intelligence has drawbacks too. For example, studies have found that higher IQ is associated with more drug use and earlier drug use. Studies have also found that higher IQ is associated with more mental illness,… Read On »

How Do You Know When Your Xanax Use Has Become a Problem?

Posted on February 11, 2019

Xanax is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the world. It’s a fast-acting benzodiazepine that’s typically prescribed for anxiety or insomnia. While it works well when used occasionally for stopping an anxiety attack or getting some sleep during a stressful time, regular use can quickly lead to dependence and addiction. As little as… Read On »

How Do Anxiety and Depression Affect Your Health?

Posted on February 3, 2019

When we think of anxiety and depression, we typically think about the psychological symptoms. Symptoms most often associated with depression include sadness, loss of motivation, irritability, disturbed sleep, feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness, and persistent thoughts of suicide and death. Anxiety is characterized by worries about the future, worries about social situations, intrusive thoughts, rumination,… Read On »