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Your Holiday Guide to Managing Social Anxiety

ChatOwl Anxiety, Mental Health

If the thought of holiday parties and family dinners leaves your palms sweating and your heart racing, you’re not alone. Despite promising to be “the most wonderful time of the year,” the holidays can be an exhausting and stressful time for anyone who experiences social anxiety. The endless list of unavoidable social engagements with acquaintances and distant relatives can feel …

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Stress Management Therapy: Proven Techniques to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

ChatOwl Anxiety

You spend hours a day commuting. Every month is a constant struggle to pay your bills. Your relationships at home and work are suffering. You have no time to relax, and your body physically aches. It’s overwhelming. It feels impossible to tackle everything at once. Does this sound all too familiar? You might be feeling the repercussions of chronic stress. …

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Suffering Through Success: Characteristics of High Functioning Anxiety

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Anxiety appears in different ways for different people. Social anxiety is the fear of big crowds and small talk. Specific phobias might appear after a bad flight or an up-close encounter with a larger-than-life spider. High functioning anxiety is yet another type of anxiety, but one which often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. What is high functioning anxiety? Although this type …

50 Simple Coping Strategies for Anxiety

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There is a lot of anxiety coursing through the world today. No matter who you are and what your lifestyle, you’ve probably felt it. Whether you are a student struggling under the weight of a student loan, a parent coping with children and a full-time job, or a corporate executive hitting the grind day in and day out – anxiety …

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Rumination Disorder: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

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There are all sorts of unhealthy eating patterns that people can develop. Rumination is when someone engages in regurgitating their food once eaten. And if it lasts for more than one month, then it is considered a “disorder”. When a person has a rumination disorder, they either spit out their food, or they can re-chew or re-swallow it. But they …

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Are You Neurotic? 5 Signs of a Neurotic Personality

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The stressors we all experience on an everyday basis seem ideally suited to the development of neurotic tendencies. With the 24-hour news cycle, the monthly scramble to make rent, and the simmering level of anxiety across society – a neurotic personality seems almost rational. What does neurotic mean? Today, the term is thrown around jokingly (“You are so neurotic!”), but …

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Panic Attacks Vs. Anxiety Attacks: Differences & Symptoms

ChatOwl Anxiety

Your heart is racing, your palms are sweaty, you can’t breathe, you fear you might pass out, and you feel as if you are going to die…BREATHE! Anxiety attacks vs. panic attacks – that which doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger! A panic attack is something difficult to describe if you haven’t ever had one. Mostly, because even though …

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How to Stop Obsessive Thoughts and Calm Your Mind

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“Did I pay my phone bill?” “Did I set my morning alarm?” “What I leave the house unlocked?” For someone with obsessive thoughts, these questions will sound all too familiar. Obsessive thinking is the hallmark of many mental health conditions, like anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The cycling thoughts come unbidden, and no matter how much you try to …

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Feel Overwhelmed? Try These 10 Strategies to Reduce Stress

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“You are braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”– Christopher Robin The enigma of stress is that it can be a positive force in your life or a negative one, but it is a human condition that we can’t avoid. If you feel overwhelmed, take heart. You are absolutely not alone! And the …

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Did I Have an Anxiety Attack?

ChatOwl Anxiety

What is an anxiety attack? It’s a pounding heart rate, difficulty breathing, gasping for air, and trembling. It can feel like complete and utter panic, even when there is nothing to fear. Many who have never experienced an anxiety attack confuse the symptoms with a heart attack, and for a good reason. A panic attack can feel many ways, for …