Many people think of stress and anxiety as the same thing. There are important differences, however. Understanding them can help you if you’re experiencing stress or anxiety.[Read more…]
If you get panicky in enclosed spaces or situations when you feel trapped, you’re not alone. Cleithrophobia is a well-understood and treatable problem. Learn more.
Cleithrophobia is a fear of being trapped. It is a “specific phobia” (as opposed to a social phobia). Cleithrophobia can affect adults or children. The disorder involves significant symptoms of fear or anxiety when one is actually trapped, fears being trapped, or thinks about being trapped. These symptoms can include:
- racing heart
- elevated respiration rate or shortness of breath
- elevated blood pressure
- dry mouth
- trembling or shaking, especially in extremities
- chest pain or muscle tension
- full panic attacks
Adults, teens, and even children can suffer from anxiety disorders. One type of anxiety characterized by panic attacks and the fear of more panic attacks is known as panic disorder (with or without agoraphobia).
Panic Disorder and Its Symptoms
Panic disorder is a potentially debilitating condition that affects between 2-3% of adults in the United States each year. It’s most common in young adults, but can affect individuals of all ages.[Read more…]
Sometimes we all skip out on things we don’t like. How is that relevant to anxiety? Very! Learn why avoidance may be the most important thing you’re overlooking to improve your anxiety.
Why Is Avoidance So Important?
We all try to get more of the things we like and less of the things we don’t. People of any age do this, and so do animals — it’s universal.[Read more…]
There are few things more unpleasant than a panic attack. Getting one to stop can be complicated, but the strategies presented below can help.[Read more…]