Anxiety: a highly treatable condition

Anxiety: a highly treatable condition

Anxiety is a very common, yet often misunderstood, condition. Most people experience anxiety at some point as it is a normal reaction to stressful circumstances. A car mishap on the freeway while driving to work causes anxiety; arriving home and realizing the door key is missing causes anxiety. These are everyday situations in which the anxiety is relieved immediately as soon as the problem is resolved.

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Crohn's disease linked to anxiety

Crohn’s disease linked to anxiety

A recent study, published in the journal “Inflammatory Bowel Diseases,” showed that people, especially women, with inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis have an increased risk for developing an anxiety disorder.

The study, conducted at the University of Toronto, was led by Esme Fuller-Thomson, a University of Toronto professor. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of disorders causing chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. Fuller-Thomson said, “The additional burden of anxiety disorders makes life much more challenging so this double jeopardy must be addressed.” Read more

The treadmill of anxiety

The treadmill of anxiety

From car breakdowns on the freeway to sleeping through an alarm, life presents anxiety-inducing experiences that are simply part of everyday life. Everyone experiences temporary moments of anxiety that are almost always immediately relieved when the situation is resolved. Generalized anxiety disorder produces a different situation. For those experiencing this condition, anxiety is always present even when, apparently, there is nothing to be anxious about. Read more