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Categories Advice, Anxiety, Info., Motivation, Preventing Illness, Tips, Wellness

Agoraphobia Panic Attack

What is Agoraphobia?

Agoraphobia, one among the very few unknown phobias of the world, is a fear of traveling. Traveling or being in crowded places leads to suffocation or panic attacks. This fear can range from not being able to travel a few hours away from the home, all the way down to not being able to leave your home all together.  An agoraphobia panic attack is basically an attack that occurs when an agoraphobic attempts to go beyond their “safe” boundaries.

Dealing with Agoraphobia:

The best thing an agoraphobic can do to control their agoraphobia panic attacks, is to begin taking the initial steps. Setting goals to overcome their attacks is the only way an agoraphobic can overcome their fears.

The cause:

The reasons or causes for Agoraphobia are quite unknown, as it seems impossible to be inheritant. It is suspected that many agoraphobics already have fear for being afraid of travel, with many of them being the type who experienced motion sickness even before they ever experience panic attacks.

The truth behind it:

An Agoraphobia panic attack is particularly frustrating to the sufferer themselves.  Mainly because the attack is even less rational then a standard panic attack.

Why they experience a fear of traveling beyond a certain distance, or going to a certain place is unknown. But anyone of the numerous anxiety / panic disorders can take root and cause agoraphobia.

Social anxiety leads to a fear of public places, especially grocery stores, concerts and other places that have a large gathering of people.

On the other hand general panic disorder can cause the panic sufferer to become embarrassed of their own disorder. which leads to a fear of traveling outside and having a panic attack.

There are a very few people aware of this phobia. That makes it all the more difficult and embarrassing for the sufferer. Little or no knowledge of how to deal with Agoraphobics is one among the major reasons for their isolation.

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Categories Advice, Anxiety, Fitness, Health, Stress Management, Tips, Wellness

The lesser known Social Anxiety

What happens in anxiety?

Many people with anxiety experience symptoms of more than one type of anxiety condition, and may experience depression as well. It’s important to seek support early if you’re experiencing anxiety. Your symptoms may not go away on their own and if left untreated, they can start to take over your life.

Social anxiety

Socially anxious individuals cannot seem to relax and enjoy themselves while they are in public. These people think that other people are trying to evaluate them in some sort of way, being critical in what they do or say.

However, for people with social phobia performing in front of others and social situations can lead to intense anxiety. For example, the prospect of eating in front of others at a restaurant can be daunting for some people with social phobia.

Social phobia may occur in the lead up to or during in:

  • performance situations (such as have to give a speech or being watched while doing something at work)
  • situations involving social interaction (such as having a meal with friends, or making small talk).

Social phobia can also be specific; where people fear a specific situation or a few situations related to a specific fear (such as being assertive at work or with their friends).

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How common is social phobia in our country?

Research suggests that almost 11 per cent of the Indian population experiences social phobia during their lifetime, with just under 5  per cent experiencing social phobia in any 12-month period. More women than men appear to develop the disorder. The condition often starts in childhood or adolescence.

Treating social anxiety

Social phobia is treatable and seeking professional support is the first step to recovery. There are two main types of effective treatments for social phobia; psychological treatments will generally be the first line of treatment. In some severe cases, taking healthy food and changing lifestyle can also be effective.

Categories Advice, Anxiety, Depression, Info., Stress Management, Tips

Always Tired, fatigued, Anxiety filled?

Depression has become one of the most widely increased diagnosed disorders in this country over the past few years.

Things like the falling economy causing a decrease in personal finances, in addition to life’s daily stresses and worries have caused many Indians to become depressed.

We don’t talk about it as much as we talk about other diseases, but you’ll be shocked to know that 300 million people worldwide are suffering from depression. Depression and bad mental health have been ignored as a serious issue since ages. But, do you know, depression can also lead to death if it gets worst?

India

A study reported in WHO, conducted for the NCMH (National Care Of Medical Health), states that at least 6.5 per cent of the Indian population suffers from some form of the serious mental disorder, with no discernible rural-urban differences. Though there are effective measures and treatments, there is an extreme shortage of mental health workers like psychologists, psychiatrists, and doctors. As reported latest in 2014, it was as low as ”one in 100,000 people”.
The average suicide rate in India is 10.9 for every lakh people and the majority of people who commit suicide are below 44 years of age.  People who are depressed are not temporarily moody or sad. The condition is unfortunately, long-term and negatively affects the way a person feels, thinks and behaves.

If you have been feeling out-of-sorts for an extended amount of time, you might consider taking a depression test. There are several ways you can do this. If you don’t feel up to a doctor visit, go online. Visit a website that can offer you a simple questionnaire to decide whether or not you might be clinically depressed.

If you are, or know someone who is suffering from depression, seek help. There is nothing to be ashamed. You shouldn’t have to live in sadness so don’t continue to let life pass you by. You are valuable part of this world and you deserve to experience the same happiness as everyone else around you.

Categories Advice, Anxiety, Diet, meal palnning, Preventing Illness, Tips

A Healthy Diet to Beat Anxiety

Everyone experiences anxiety. In fact, being unable to do so can be a sign of a serious psychological problem. In our hazardous world, anxiety is a strategy the body uses to help the mind recognize danger and keep well out of its way.

As with most mental illnesses, it’s not the presence of anxiety alone that creates problems. It is more about how severe it is and how much it gets in one’s way of life or quality of living. Most people feel anxious at some time in their lives.

However, only about five per cent of people experience severe anxiety and rarely seek

professional help. Anxiety is a mixture of physical and mental symptoms. They are part of what psychologists call the “fight or flight” response.

When the body is under threat it automatically prepares either to defend itself or run.

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It helps one deal with a tense situation in the office, study harder for an exam, or remain focused on an important speech. In general, it helps one cope with the tasks and demands of everyday life. But when anxiety becomes an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it can become a disabling disorder.

Fortunately, effective treatments for anxiety disorders are available, and research is yielding new and improved therapies that can help most people with anxiety disorders lead productive and fulfilling lives.

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However, studies have shown that having a healthy diet may reduce signs and symptoms of anxiety. Although food can’t cure an anxiety disorder, consider some diet changes and that would benefit a severely anxious person:

•Avoid or limit caffeine intake as much as possible.

Caffeine is present in many soft drinks, not just in tea and coffee and it can set up its own vicious cycle. It can speed up heart rate and disrupt sleep — which later on become prevailing signs of anxiety. Trying to overcome tiredness by drinking more caffeine only makes the long-term problem worse.

•Avoid too much alcohol.

Similarly, alcohol can worsen the symptoms of anxiety, and disrupt sleep. Many people reach for a drink to calm their nerves, but the consequences of overindulgence can outweigh the benefits of initial relaxation. For some, a hangover, insomnia, and dehydration make one feel worse than before one had a drink. In excessive amounts, alcohol can actually act as a depressant, making the drinker feel sluggish or more anxious.

Alcohol, like a simple sugar, is rapidly absorbed by the body. Like other sugars, alcohol increases hypoglycemia symptoms. It also causes mood swings.

•Eat complex carbohydrates,

also known as carbs. During anxious times, turn to comforting carbs. These foods act as a mild tranquilizer by increasing the amount of serotonin, a calming neurotransmitter in the brain. Complex carbs such as potatoes, wholewheat bread, and pasta take longer to

digest than sugary simple carbs like white bread.

That way, one can stay fuller longer and blood sugar is likely to stay steady, eliminating stress and anxiety.

•Be sure to drink eight or more glasses of water a day.

Dehydration can lead to fatigue, headaches and stress. One should be well-hydrated and drinking lots of water a day can decrease symptoms of anxiety.

•Take multivitamins and mineral supplements.

B vitamins, whose role is to unlock the energy in food, are crucial. Vitamin B-6 helps manufacture serotonin in the brain. Choose a daily supplement that supplies 100 per cent of the daily recommendation of all vitamins and minerals.

Although tension and daily stresses are unavoidable, one can relieve tension and manage stress and anxiety better by watching out for what one eats and what one does not eat. Remember that a healthy body and a healthy mind are often one and the same thing.

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