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When Anxiety Gets Physical

Fast breathing and tense muscles are among the physical symptoms that can mean you're anxious. 1 / 12 Rapid Heartbeat When something scares you suddenly, like a loud noise, it triggers stress hormones (adrenaline, noradrenaline, cortisol) that make your heart beat faster and harder. You may feel like it's beating unevenly (heart palpitations). Over time, if it happens too much, you're more likely to have high blood pressure, heart disease, hardened arteries, high cholesterol, stroke, and heart attack. Swipe to advance 2 / 12 Fast Breathing Along with a pounding heart, you might start breathing more quickly when you're scared or anxious, or feel like you can't get enough air. Some people breathe so fast that they get light-headed or pass out. It can be serious if you already have breathing problems because of asthma, lung disease, chronic obstructive pu

An Unexpected Symptom of Grief

Anxiety Is a Stage of Grief You May Not Recognize By Seth J. Gillihan , PhDClinical psychologist You’ve probably heard of the stages of grief—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. However, grief is a complex and personal experience, and there are many aspects of it that don’t fit neatly into this model. One common, but often unrecognized, grief response is feelings of tremendous anxiety. Some individuals may be aware that they’re feeling anxious; for others, it’s hard to identify specific emotions that make up their overwhelming pain. Grief-related anxiety is often rooted in our concerns about how we will cope. When we experience a significant loss, it can feel like our world is falling apart around us, and we wonder whether we’ll fall apart, too—especially if we’re grieving a loved one whose support we depended on in exactly these kinds of situations. We might also have counted on a person in practical ways, and wonder whether we can shoulder the incr

Depression Signs You May Not Recognize

It's not just about being sad. Forgetfulness, using the internet too much, and these other things can be possible warning signs. 1 / 12 Shopping Sprees Is your shopping out of control? Find yourself covering up your spending? For some people who are depressed, it is not uncommon for compulsive buying -- in stores or on the Internet -- to serve as a distraction or self-esteem booster. But "retail therapy" is a short-lived high because it doesn't address underlying depression. Also be aware that shopping sprees could also be a sign of mania, in bipolar disorder. Swipe to advance 2 / 12 Drinking Heavily Nearly a third of people with major depression abuse alcohol. If you feel that you need to drink to cope with anxiety and depression, you may be one of them. Although a drink may seem like it provides a lift when you're down, alcohol is a depressant, s

Butterflies Without Borders

Change is the only constant. And things are going to be different, not better or worse, just different. Our first impulse in the face of overwhelming change is often to resist and try to stop it from happening. How would it be if we could transform our fear into energy influencing the inevitable changes of life? Learn more about how some courageous people are learning to influence the changes facing Monarch butterflies.

How to Avoid or Ease Psoriatic Arthritis Flares

1 / 15 Stress It unleashes a chemical that causes inflammation. When you have psoriatic arthritis (PsA), a fault in your immune system already makes it prone to cause swelling. So more stress plus more inflammation equals more flare-ups. Find ways to balance yourself mentally and emotionally. Try yoga, meditation, or regular workouts. Or see a counselor who specializes in stress management. Swipe to advance 2 / 15 Skipping Doses Taking your medication seems simple. But it’s easy to get tripped up. You forget to take your dose or run out of pills before you can refill them. Skipped doses open the door to more flares and make it harder for the medicine to do its job. If side effects bother you, ask your doctor about switching to another drug. If missed doses are a problem, keep a daily pill chart or download a smartphone app to remind you. Swipe to advance

14 Everyday Headache Triggers

1 / 15 Your Vision's Blurry You may get a headache when you try to focus on something near your face. If you're farsighted, things look fuzzy as you get closer to them. It could be because your eyeball is too short or the clear covering on your eye, called the cornea, is too flat. You might be born with it, but it starts to happen to most folks after age 40. Your doctor can help with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgery that corrects the shape of your cornea. Swipe to advance 2 / 15 You Tense Your Neck and Shoulders Do you hunch over your computer for hours or hold your phone to your ear with your shoulder? Or maybe stress makes you tense the muscles in your jaw. Any of these may cause "tension headaches." A hot shower, warming pad, and over-the-counter meds can help. Regular exercise along with meditation and other relaxation approaches might stop it b