Category: Anxiety Management Skills

Non-Medication Treatments for Anxiety

Are there truly helpful non-medication therapies for Anxiety? My job-related experience reviewing  SS disability health records over the years revealed that therapists mostly try to help people with anxiety by coaching them to identify the events that trigger their anxiety episodes.  They may then help them cope with these events e.g.,  teaching them how to …

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Could My Problem Be Anxiety?

“My doctor told me today that he thinks the symptoms and problems I told him about today were, ‘probably just anxiety’.   I don’t know if this could be right because the symptoms make me feel physical ill when they occur.  What are the symptoms of anxiety?” The general symptoms of true anxiety involve two main …

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Coping With Anxiety Cues and Triggers

Another set of cognitive-behavioral exercises involves prompting patients to tolerate graduated exposure to the very cues or triggers associated with their anxiety or anxiety attacks.  You are probably familiar with stories others about military veterans experiencing severe anxiety reactions upon hearing unexpected firework explosions.  Many people with severe anxiety have reactions when standing in crowded …

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Coping With Anxiety Dizziness

Relaxation-Related Exposure:  Anxiety and Light-headedness Patients can be helped to better tolerate or accept other physical symptoms of anxiety such as the sensation of becoming light-headed or dizzy.   Like the rapid heart rate and breathing, it is important that your primary care doctor or specialist rule out physiological causes for this symptom and attribute them …

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Coping With Physical Symptoms of Anxiety

Relaxation-Related Exposure:   Fight or Flight Anxiety Symptoms As you probably know, a primary strategy in all of the empirically-supported treatments for anxiety disorders is “exposure” i.e., helping patients tolerate graduated exposure to the anxiety-related cues or triggers that trouble them.  For example, these triggers or cues are always experienced by persons struggling to overcome past …

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Skills for Anxiety Related Insomnia

Now that you know how to do relaxation training (see prior articles), we want to talk about how it is used to build on other Anxiety management skills.  Anxiety-Related Insomnia and Sleep Disruption We have mentioned the fact that many cases of insomnia are associated with both anxiety and the curious conflict patients have about …

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