Health anxiety is an illogical and obsessive fear of developing a major medical illness. It's also known as disease anxiety, and it used to be known as hypochondria. A person's fantasy of physical symptoms of sickness characterizes this ailment.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), suicide is defined as death caused by self-infliction of injury or harm with the intent of death. A suicide attempt is a non-fatal, self-directed, possibly harmful behavior that is carried out with the intention of dying as an end result of the behavior. It's possible that a suicide attempt won't end in injuries.
For a lot of us, when we think about medicating for anxiety or stress, our mind immediately goes towards medications or intensive trips to the doctor's office that may leave us with more worry than what we started with on hand. I used to think the same. However, with the advancement of artificial or manufactured chemicals, we often tend to discount natural organic substances that can work wonders for our physical and mental health. Some of us grew up watching our grandparents and parents ap...
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a severe and challenging mental illness. You can't be born with PTSD. However, specific life experiences may lead you to incorporate trauma. This trauma, backed by unresolved issues, brings about the symptoms and signs of PTSD. According to an article by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), one billion adults were among the 1.45 billion people who lived through a conflict between 1989 and 2015 and were still alive in 2015. We est...
As God’s very Word, the Bible should be our number one source of comfort, peace, encouragement, and hope. But I’ll be honest, as a Christian who struggles with anxiety, there are some verses that have become almost cliché to me. I’m not saying these verses aren’t important or don’t have their place, I know that is not true because I believe God’s Word is inspired and inerrant. However, when I am in the trenches of the despairing moments that anxiety brings, hearing scripture misquoted or of...
With the constant clamor and bustle of one's daily life, it's only bound to happen that we may forget to take care of our health. In the interest of staying one step ahead, we want to move faster to keep up if the world moves fast. Especially when we're young and have a lot of energy currency with us, we expend it on our struggles and ambitions. It is no wonder that today's working generation is as stressed as ever. I'm sure if we were to have the option of a magic pill that could relieve u...
We begin with a simple scenario. Imagine yourself alone in a room. You might be working on your laptop, or reading a book, or even just relaxing. Suddenly you hear a buzz or a ring from your phone. You perk up and immediately reach for it. It might be the email you were expecting from your boss or a text from someone you like. It arouses your curiosity, and your heart starts beating faster. It doesn't matter what ends showing up on your screen; the only thing that matters is now, you are in...
Public speaking is difficult for many reasons. The speaking anxiety a person feels before a performance can be overwhelming. Doubt, fear, and discomfort about people watching and criticizing the speech creep in and all of those fears can seem impossible. Thankfully, there are ways to address these feelings.
It's normal to feel stressed about taking a test, moving to a new place, or starting a new job. Although this type of anxiety is offensive, it may settle with time and does not interfere with your everyday life. Ordinary anxiety may help motivate you to work harder and to do a better job.
You wake up startled, dripping with sweat. You touch your neck, and your heart is beating wildly. It feels like your body is vibrating from the strength of your heartbeats. You change quickly into clothes and fumble, trying to find your car keys to get to the hospital.
In weeks since the outbreak of COVID19 over 30 million Americans have filed initial unemployment claims. While the numbers of weekly filings have been continuously decreasing since their peak at the end of March, the weekly filing rates are still in the millions.
COVID-19 has taken the form of a global pandemic, and as we know, in these debilitating times, where we are exposed to a gazillion negative news and a never-ending state of fear, it becomes quite easy to get a catastrophizing mindset.
Almost one-half of the population is introverted meaning that most people are trying to survive in an extroverted world. If you are reading this article, you may be an introvert, or you may be wondering if you are an introvert. There is no denying that the world we live in was built for those who thrive in large social gatherings. Because of this, some people can feel shame or embarrassment over being an introvert. That’s in part because there are many incorrect assumptions about what it me...
There are many damaging effects of long-term anxiety. Those who experience high levels of constant stress often deal with a decline in mental and physical health. It's essential to understand how much anxiety can affect one's health. While anxiety is the body's healthy response to danger--it can be cognitively damaging if one has an anxiety disorder.
Are you focused on your mental health in 2021? If so, JournalOwl's top 101 mental health blogs of 2021 can help. These blogs cover various mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, and OCD. Bookmark these blogs so you can use them as resources throughout the year. Of course, we're biased with JournalOwl leading the pack!
Anxiety and panic attacks are awful. Your quality of life suffers, your physical health can be impacted, and relationships tend to suffer. If you are someone who suffers from anxiety or panic attacks, there is hope. It will not last forever. You can overcome it.
It’s not unusual to be concerned about your health when you are sick. You want to live a long and healthy life, so if you become ill, you can’t help but worry. You probably undergo medical treatment to get better and then might make some changes to safeguard your health. For instance, if you come down with the flu, your handwashing behaviors might improve. If you suffer a heart attack, you’d likely change your diet and start exercising.
Let’s say a college student is delivering a speech in her college for a debating competition. Everything is going fine, and she has done all the important research work she needed to do for the speech. However, as she is delivering it, she forgets an important point, and she takes a long pause for 10 seconds to collect her thoughts and come back.
Let’s suppose you’re going to a concert with your friends and all your friends are expecting their favorite band to sing and perform for them. They have dressed up and are in their best mood for the evening. Whereas you are thinking about the dress that doesn’t fit you the way you were expecting it to fit.
Lifestyle modifications are one of the critical ways to overcoming anxiety and depression, and diet plays a major role in a person's lifestyle. Most people wonder whether or not excess sugar consumption is the cause of anxiety, and if cutting it out has the potential to treat anxiety or ease its troublesome symptoms. In this article, we will be exploring the relationship between sugar intake and anxiety and ways to make sure that your plate is not contributing to anxiety attacks.
It's your first day at work, and you're excited to meet all your colleagues and be at the job you've always dreamed of, but as soon you greet a tired fellow with a smiley "Good Morning!", he hits you back with a cold "Mornin'" while sipping his hot coffee and not even bothering to note the new sound at the office. Then you suddenly fall prey to a cascade of negative emotions in which you are mostly bombarding your mind with assumptions of all kinds.
All-or-nothing thinking means perceiving and analyzing different conditions with an extreme approach. Either the interpretation is too positive or too negative for an event. For example, we might call ourselves an erred human for failing at something and think we would only be loved if we achieve a certain goal. This is an all-or-nothing thinking approach.
At an early age, I was particularly in tune with how I felt about a given situation or person. I could “feel” things (or so I thought) that other people could not. My emotions would lead me in many directions at once – sometimes in a productive manner, but most of the time in a trivial direction.
Whether you are suffering from an acute disease like a common cold or a chronic disorder like diabetes, consulting a doctor is necessary to receive appropriate advice for relieving the symptoms. However, most often, patients ignore the need to visit a physician just because of the lack of time.
Abstaining from a bad habit is not easy. Chemicals like nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, and sugar are very addictive to human beings. With sheer will power, an individual can often abstain from addictive substances for a short period of time, but inevitably a stressful event (or trigger) occurs in life.
It seems like life as you know it has changed overnight. One day, you were going to work, restaurants, movies, and more. Now, you are sheltering in place, wondering if you or your loved one will develop COVID-19 symptoms. Your anxiety likely spikes when you do venture out to the grocery store, where you’re greeted with empty shelves and people wearing masks trying to stay the mandated six feet apart.
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