In our blog section you will find articles covering a wide variety of topics that relate toward anxiety. We cover breaking topics and the latest treatments for anxiety on this page. Check back often for blogs, case studies and more.

Tips to manage anxiety-induced hyperventilation

Tips to manage anxiety-induced hyperventilation

Hyperventilation is a condition when a person starts breathing very fast, feels weak and dizzy, has a bloated stomach and dry mouth, and experiences chest pain and muscle spasm. Breathing out carbon dioxide too quickly contracts the blood vessels going towards the brain, leading to lightheadedness and a tingling sensation. Additional symptoms could be racing mind and difficulty in concentrating. One might even get unconscious.

Hyperventilation can occur during a panic attack that can be dangerous. It can both be a cause and effect of anxiety. It can occur due to fast breathing, thinking about breathing and breathing in an unhealthy manner. Read more

Dealing with premenopausal anxiety

Dealing with premenopausal anxiety

Women undergo several physiological and psychological changes during perimenopausal phase, largely due to drop in hormone levels and irregularity of periods. This can be a mentally challenging time as a woman undergoes frequent mood swings and sleep disorders. One of the mental health disorders commonly experienced by most women during this phase is anxiety. Perimenopause can cause a plethora of disturbing symptoms alongside anxiety such as vaginal dryness, hot flashes, insomnia, panic attacks, helplessness, confusion, feelings of being neglected and isolated, and loss of self-confidence. Read more

Tips to deal with stress of wedding planning

Tips to deal with stress of wedding planning

Weddings are time to rejoice, meet friends and loved ones, gorge on sumptuous delicacies, and be adorned in fine jewelry ringing in a new life. For a bride-to-be, it could mean much more. From packing her bags and looking beautiful to worrying about arrangements for the guests, she has a lot to think about, which can cause overwhelming anxiety. Some women fear they wouldn’t get time for themselves or to hang out with friends. No matter how much planning is done, last minute bloopers are expected, leading to excessive stress.

Listed below are a few strategies that can come handy for a bride-to-be and make the event most memorable. Read more

Can fidgeting improve mental health?

Can fidgeting improve mental health?

The link between physical body movement and brain functioning and growth is a well-established. Movement of various organs affects the brain at multiple levels, sometimes increasing the heart rate which pumps more oxygen into the brain and promotes the release of right hormones in the body that help in the growth of brain cells.

However, with the advent of technology and ever-increasing addiction to everything digital, it has more or less driven people further away from the physical world. The positive association between hand movement and brain function is made evident by such theories as the ‘cognitive load theory’ where while dealing with complex thoughts people tend to offload some of the cognitive load to movements, thereby devoting more effort to the mental processes. Such theories bring to light habitual bodily movements or ‘fidgeting” involving paper clips, pens or the current crave called fidget spinners, as movements/habits that effect neurological functioning. Read more

Helping children navigate through emotional aftermath of hurricane Harvey

Helping children navigate through emotional aftermath of hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey has caused mass destruction in the past few weeks, rendering thousands of people homeless and desolate. While the human suffering caused by extensive flooding continues to unfold, one of the vulnerable sections highly afflicted by this natural catastrophe is the young and impressionable children. In times of uncertain future, children are prone to develop high levels of anxiety which prompts them to seek answers to their questions like, “what has happened?”, “when will we re-enter our homes?” when will I go back to school?” and so on.

Adults can re-assure their kids that everything will soon fall into place and that they are in the safe custody of their loved ones. Here are some of the ways for an adult to deal with children in times of grave destruction and uncertainties. Read more

Subtle signs indicating a child’s struggle with anxiety

Subtle signs indicating a child’s struggle with anxiety

On hearing the word anxiety, invariably one happens to associate the mental problem with an adult. People usually have a notion that adults deal with different types of anxiety disorders due to various factors like relationships, work-pressures, financial concerns, unpredictable future, health concerns, and so on. However, people fail to realize that on the same lines, children can also grapple with anxiety, the only difference being that they fail to comprehend the reason behind their anxiety and do not know that they are actually struggling with something about which they need to talk. Read more

Postpartum anxiety: Identification of the monster ensures effective parenting

Postpartum anxiety: Identification of the monster ensures effective parenting

Welcoming a newborn into the fold is a joyous moment for any family. Whether it is the mother’s first or fifth endeavor at motherhood, it is a time of emotional upheaval. During the transition from pregnancy to motherhood, it is quite normal for women to experience the moderate levels of fears and worries while accommodating to their new role.

However, for some mothers, these stressors can develop quickly and significantly thwart their ability to enjoy motherhood and take care of their newborn and themselves. It can be extremely overwhelming when a new mother consistently worries about the newborn’s health, her ability to be a good parent, balancing personal and professional responsibilities, etc. When such worries come in the way of a mother’s ability to perceive the reality, she may be experiencing the symptoms of postpartum anxiety. Read more

Tricks to manage anxiety symptoms in social settings

Tricks to manage anxiety symptoms in social settings

For most people, sweating at a party, trembling during a speech, blushing during a date, or shivering while appearing for a job interview can be quite common. In fact, most people have been there at some point in their lives. As opined by counselor and relationship expert Julienne B. Derichs, LCPC, “Social anxiety is when a person feels highly anxious about being with other people and has a hard time talking to them. They often feel very self-conscious in front of other people and worried about feeling humiliated, embarrassed, or rejected, or fearful of offending others, being very afraid that other people will judge them.” Read more

Ignorance, stigma about mental health rampant among people, finds survey

Ignorance, stigma about mental health rampant among people, finds survey

People with mental health problems have a lot to bother about in life besides dealing with their devastating condition. For them, every day is a battle to win. It is unfortunate that people who deserve love and support at personal and social level are struck by the stigma attached to mental health problems. They are ignored, insulted and ill-treated. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), around 43,421 American adults aged between 18-25 years had some mental illness in the past year. The numbers have steadily increased in the last two years. Read more

Harness these habits to control anxiety

Harness these habits to control anxiety

Life is full of surprises and uncertainties that can give rise to various situations and circumstances. Managing them can get tough, at times, and in the process of doing so, one might suffer from various mental health problems, anxiety being one of them. Anxiety due to work, kids, spouse and other issues is fairly common. However, if the anxiety gets overpowering, it might affect one’s quality of life. In addition to this, many a times, people indulge in some habits, not knowing how these habits might be elevating their anxieties. Read more