Is Anatidaephobia a Real Condition or Just Quackery?

Anatidaephobia

One of the most common conditions treated by psychologists is anxiety. It generally involves feelings of worry, nervousness, or unease associated with a sense of uncertainty about the outcome of a situation. While it’s common for people to feel nervous or fearful about a variety of circumstances in their lives, when these feelings interfere with…

Extroverts With Social Anxiety: A Rare Sighting?

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Social anxiety occurs when a person experiences anxiety symptoms in social situations or large groups. It is commonly considered to be an issue for people who are more introverted by nature. An introverted person may be someone who prefers to be alone and stay away from groups. An extrovert is seen as someone who enjoys being around…

Scared of a Clear Night? Maybe You Have Astrophobia

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For many people, gazing up into the stars is a calming and relaxing past time. It may help them to relax or feel a sense of calm. However, not everyone feels calm and serene when looking up into the night sky. For some people, the night sky can cause feelings of panic, racing heart, dizziness,…

Daith Piercing for Anxiety: Does it Really Work?

Daith Piercing

Piercings are incredibly popular and prevalent in today’s culture. People engage in piercing for various reasons, such as self-expression, artistic appearance, or for religious and cultural purposes. One piercing trend that seems to continuously grow in popularity is daith piercing, which is believed by some to alleviate anxiety and migraines. The daith is a tiny piece of…

How is Anxiety Linked to the Loss of Appetite?

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Anxiety can send the human body into fight-or-flight mode, which can cause a person to imagine a perceived threat. During fight-or-flight mode, various changes occur to the gastrointestinal system. As digestion becomes suppressed, elimination is quickened, and the stomach stops breaking down food. These responses are helpful if one is truly in jeopardy, but can become problematic when the…

My Holidays Don’t Look Perfect; Social Media Lies

Social Media

Holidays can be a content heavy time for many people on social media. Your Instagram or Facebook feeds might be filled with doctored up pictures and stories of great family get-togethers, gifts, and scenic homes. However, don’t be fooled. Just because someone posts all these moments, does not mean they are having the quintessential holiday…

The Best Hidden Grounding Techniques for Anxiety

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If you are having a difficult time managing the symptoms of your anxiety, you are not alone. Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems today. People experience various types of anxiety which can range from mild to severely debilitating. Anxiety is associated with many different intense emotional states. It can be difficult…

Are Hot Flashes in Men Anxiety-Related?

Hot flashes in men

You’re in a meeting. All of a sudden, your skin is on fire. You’re sweating as if it’s 100 degrees. You feel the flushing start to rise and you quickly excuse yourself. WHAT was that? Was that a…hot flash? You’re probably reading this thinking that just described the experience of a woman going through menopause….

How to Identify and Treat an Anxiety Rash

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It’s no secret that Americans are stressed. In fact, according to a 2019 Gallup poll, they are the most stressed in the world. Although stress is often most associated with emotions, it can actually have a substantial bearing on our physical health as well. Common physical symptoms of stress include headaches, fatigue, high blood pressure,…

10 Signs You Might Be a Perfectionist

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What is the difference between being a high achiever and a perfectionist? A high achiever feels energized and motivated by working toward their goals. In contrast, a perfectionist sets unreasonable or unattainable goals, constantly feeling they are “never enough.” The goal posts are constantly changing. This inner turmoil interferes with a person’s well-being, causing acute…

How to Stop Worrying About Things You Can’t Control

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All too often, we worry about things we cannot control. We worry about it raining on our wedding day,  how our boss will react when we ask for a few days off, about the way our brother-in-law will behave at Thanksgiving, and a slew of other matters that we simply can’t control. We go through…

What are the Best Therapies to Help Overcome Anxiety

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Anxiety is a highly debilitating and common disorder. 18 percent of adults and 25 percent of adolescents are estimated to suffer from an anxiety disorder, making it the most diagnosed psychological problem in the United States. Whether it is generalized anxiety, social anxiety, or a panic disorder, it is likely to cause a fair amount…

How Can We Help With Back-to-School Anxiety?

back to school anxiety

This year’s return to school will undoubtedly be like no other. Early fall is always filled with a combination of excitement and trepidation as children begin a new year. For some children who struggle with academics or social situations, it may be the time of year they dread most. This year in particular is complicated…

Do You Have Cellphone Separation Anxiety?

Nomophobia

At first glance, the idea of cell phone separation anxiety can seem flippant. Could people being away from their phones actually cause extreme problems or stress? While it is not officially a clinical diagnosis yet, this is a thing and there is now a name for it: nomophobia (no-mobile phobia). Nomophobia is the term utilized…

Loving Your Partner With Anxiety: Practical Tips and Advice

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Dealing with your own anxiety can be difficult, but it can be just as hard to watch anxiety affect someone you love. Anxiety is different for every person and managing it is not “one size fits all.” The first thing to do when you love someone with anxiety is to do your best to understand…

Do You Have Submechanophobia?

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The world is filled with weird and scary things that can cause a person to feel nervous and frightened. While some things that scare people make sense due to the reasonable threat they cause, other things people fear can seem to come from an unreasonable place of fear due to the lack of threat that…

How to Stop Overthinking?

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Do you have the tendency to overthink or overanalyze things? Think about a time you gave an important presentation, had a conversation with someone you wanted to impress, or went to a party and talked to people you had never met before. At the end of the presentation, conversation, or party, what did you find…

How Can I Find an Affordable Therapist

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When you are already struggling with a mental health condition, such as anxiety or depression, trying to find an affordable therapist can send you deeper into the depths of panic and despair. As if deciding to go to therapy isn’t hard enough, you also have to worry about how you are going to afford it….

20 Examples of Neurotic Behavior

Neurotic Behavior

Though it’s no longer considered a mental health condition according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5), neurosis is still commonly used to refer to a disorder who’s symptoms include anxiety and obsessive thoughts. The following list is not exhaustive, but it is a great place to start when trying to identify neurotic…

Can Music Help Anxiety?

music anxiety for anxiety

Music shows great versatility and can be a powerful outlet for many people.  Some individuals have difficulty verbalizing their thoughts and feelings and use music as a means of self-expression.  Eric Clapton penned and sang Tears in Heaven, a heartfelt expression of grief after the death of his son. Some people feel that the lyrics and…

Success Anxiety is Real

success anxiety

The word “success” is most commonly linked to positive feelings and motivation. Most people strive for success in various aspects of their lives, including academic success, occupational success, social success, relationship success, and parenting success.  The list of potential areas for success can go on and on, but the take home message is that individuals…

Cancer Diagnosis: 10 Tips for Coping with the Anxiety

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A cancer diagnosis is life-changing. From the moment of diagnosis forward, a person’s life will forever be categorized into two parts—the time before diagnosis and the time afterwards. Very few things can trigger more fear, anxiety, or uncertainty then a cancer diagnosis.  The mind becomes flooded with questions, potential outcomes are considered, and feelings can…

How to Calm Down When Life Is Too Much

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Being worried and stressed out is a normal part of life. Work, family responsibilities, financial challenges, or even health issues can leave you feeling eternally stressed out and living in survival mode. A little stress is good for you, but when you become overwhelmed with life’s demands, your ability to perform suffers immensely. Staying calm…

Understanding the Genetics of Mental Illness

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Nearly one in five American adults experience, or will experience, some kind of mental health disorder during their lifetime. With half of all cases beginning by the age of 14, up to 75% of mental illness cases will be fully developed by the age of 24. In 2017, about 46 million Americans were reported to…

How Common is Tocophobia? (Fear of Childbirth)

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Most women experience some anxiety and fear about labor and childbirth. It is a significant event and the pain that women experience during childbirth is no secret. When the fear becomes so severe that it is considered a mental health phobia, it is called tocophobia. Tocophobia is referencing anxiety that is so severe it is…

Scared of Being Trapped? You Have Cleithrophobia

trapped

Cleithrophobia is the fear of being trapped, locked in, or unable to leave. It seems similar to claustrophobia, but there are some distinctions. Claustrophobia is the fear of being in a small space where the space itself triggers a reaction. Cleithrophobia is the fear of being confined in a space in which you feel trapped….

Do Dummies Freak You Out? Maybe You Have Automatonophobia

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Have you ever experienced a chill down your spine when you saw a doll, wax figure, or other kind of inanimate object that has been created to look like a human? If so, you are not alone. Many people report having some feelings of discomfort around human-like figures, but recently people have begun to discuss…

What is Chronophobia?

time

As a society, we are ruled by time.  The time on the clock dictates what time we get up in the morning, when we arrive at work, and when we leave to pick up the kids.  Time commands us when to start dinner and when to go to bed.  The first and last thing that…

Is Fear of Vomiting, Emetophobia, a Thing?

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Vomiting is by no means a pleasant experience.  However, it is a normal and natural bodily function that enables the body to get rid of something hazardous.  Emetophobia is a type of phobia pertaining to vomiting.  Emetophobia can be characterized by several fears related to vomiting, such as being afraid of throwing up in public,…

Can You Cure Aerophobia, the Fear of Flying?

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Airports are places of organized chaos and a fantastic location to do some serious people watching.  At any point throughout the day, you will notice businessmen and women moving hurriedly throughout the airport, briefcases in hand.  You will see family members arriving and embracing loved ones that they have not seen in months.  You will…

Being Alone and Autophobia

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Most people desire to be around others. Even the shyest and most introverted people have moments where they want and need to be around people. That desire is a normal part of being human because human beings are wired to connect with others. This makes the thought of being alone a real fear for many….

What is Agorophobia?

agrophobia

When most people hear Paula Deen’s name, they associate her with her cooking show on the Food Network or from her lifestyle magazines.  What most people are unaware of is that Paula Deen’s culinary prowess derived from a very dark and bleak period in her life when she could not leave her house.  After Paula’s…

Anger Management: What is it, and What Kind of Therapist Can Help

anger management

If I were to ask you when was the last time you felt anger, my guess is that it would not take you long to identify a time relatively recently that you’ve felt that emotion. It have been related to some small trigger or could have been a major even that caused your anger, but…

What is Repression Psychology? 

repression psychology

Often times, whether in television, movies, or real life, you hear tales about individuals experiencing some type of trauma and later, having no memory that it happened.  This often occurs to people who have been abused, neglected, in an accident, or part of another ordeal.  One could have suffered years of abuse or may have…

Death Awareness: The Upside

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Most often people experience a wide range of emotions when faced with a diagnosis of illness. Shock, fear, anxiety, panic, sadness, and guilt are some emotions commonly experienced by people being told that they have an illness. Have you ever thought that there is an upside? Have you ever heard a patient speak in a…