Sweaty palms, fast heartbeat, a pit in your stomach…. we’ve all been there. Feeling anxious is a normal response to the many stressful situations in life. But some people tend toward these physical reactions and catastrophic thinking more frequently than others, making negativity their go-to emotional reaction to any challenging
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Serotonin is a powerful brain chemical that profoundly affects your mood, so knowing whether you’re deficient is a key first step to overcoming troubling mood and impulse control problems. Having one or more of the eight serotonin deficiency symptoms discussed here will be a strong clue that you may indeed
It may be a classic heart-attack symptom, but pressure or discomfort or tightness in your chest doesn’t always accompany a heart attack. For some people, particularly women, pain in other places may be their main symptoms. For others, chest discomfort comes and goes—the result of a condition called angina, which
Xanax and other anti-anxiety medications are among the most-prescribed drugs in the country, but a vitamin has gained attention as a natural remedy for anxiety.
Niacinamide, a form of vitamin B3 (not to be confused with niacin), has been used since the 1950’s as a popular anti-diabetes nutrient. It has even
Up to 60 percent of Americans suffer from leg cramps—with women and older adults particularly susceptible—and about 4 million people age 65 and older report the problem. What causes leg cramps? Dehydration is often cited as a major factor, but numerous other reasons may contribute to cramps:
Excess alcohol consumption
What is a panic attack, and how do panic attack symptoms affect us? It’s an important question, because so many of us experience them: “Each year, about one in 10 people experiences a panic attack,” according to data published by the Department of Psychology at Northern Illinois University.
It’s normal to feel a little apprehensive from time to time. Let’s face it—life can be stressful. All of us worry about things like financial problems, work, family struggles, or health. But sometimes anxiety can become so severe that completing simple, everyday tasks is difficult. When this occurs, it may
We’ve all heard and used the phrase “nervous breakdown,” but it’s not an actual medical term, so there is no clinical definition. So what is a nervous breakdown? Generally, the phrase refers to some type of mental health crisis that renders a person incapable of normal, effective functioning. The person
Up to 14 percent of American seniors are thought to suffer from anxiety according to the National Council on Aging. Many more have an undiagnosed anxiety disorder. “Older adults are at risk for anxiety because they face many challenges, including poor health, loss, and decreasing social support,” says Judith Neugroschl,
One popular method for handling stress, panic attacks, and anxiety attacks is cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). In CBT, a therapist helps you identify and change negative thoughts (i.e., cognitions) and behaviors that are contributing to your anxiety.
For instance, imagine that every time you go to work, you experience stress symptoms