Anxiety

Dealing With Today’s Trauma

Two weeks ago, I was talking to a friend who has been depressed. Because of COVID-19 and her age, she is quarantined and has been unable to visit with many of her friends. As she described the details of her life and her loneliness, she broke down crying, “I don’t recognize my life! I don’t… Read more »

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It Is Possible For You to Reduce Your Stress

It is normal to have increased anxiety right now as we learn to navigate life in the midst of the recent pandemic. Everyone is feeling this way! And if your baseline is regularly higher in anxiety or hyperarousal, this will feel like even more to you! You may be feeling more triggered than usual if… Read more »

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Experts at Home: Dr. Michael Mantz on Holistic Psychiatry and Mental Wellness

In this Experts at Home conversation, Dr. Lisa Firestone talks with psychiatrist Dr. Michael Mantz about holistic psychiatry and mental wellness. The conversation is rich with practical advice on developing healthy habits to enhance mental health. Watch Now: Subscribe to PsychAlive (it’s free!) to see more Experts at Home.  

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Death Anxiety and the Coronavirus

The ultimate tragedy of the human condition is our awareness of our inevitable mortality. Each person is born with a death sentence. The developing child initially discovers the traumatic reality that their parents will die and later that they themselves will eventually die. This reality is too terrifying to tolerate, so the child must resort… Read more »

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Paying Attention to Your Mental Health

These trying times are hard on us psychologically! With the focus on the very real threat of the Coronavirus to our physical health, it is easy to overlook the impact that this pandemic is having on our mental health. The virus and our necessary response to it are creating two of the emotional conditions that… Read more »

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Ep 5: Why Do We Respond the Way We Do to a Pandemic?

We are living through an unprecedented time. Facing a global pandemic, many of us have been struck by unknown waves of worry, shock, and sadness. In this period of uncertainty, social distancing, and increased isolation, we may feel alone and afraid. Many of us are asking how can we navigate this uncharted emotional territory, cope… Read more »

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Emotional Contagion and the COVID-19

If you’re concerned about your health and safety, you should be. It’s human. But be cautious that your anxiety isn’t playing into a psychological phenomena. At this point, many of us could probably be employed as reporters to give detailed updates on the coronavirus. The informal running commentary, coupled with witnessing the headlines that stimulate… Read more »

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How Meditation Is Linked to Better Mental Health

Meditation and practicing mindfulness have gained increasing momentum in the western world in the past several decades. By paying attention to what happens in each moment, people can practice being present and more aware of everyday life.  Research shows that meditation not only relieves stress but has significant impacts on an individual’s sleep, coping mechanisms,… Read more »

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Do You Identify as an Anxious Person?

Have you ever thought to yourself or even voiced out loud that you are “an anxious person?” A little known truth about how our brain works is that wherever our attention goes, our energy flows, and that influences the decisions, actions and consequences that follow. Have you ever had the experience of wanting to buy… Read more »

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How to Help Someone with Anxiety 

Anxiety is the most common mental health problem in the United States. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, a whopping 18% of the population falls victim to this widespread, yet not often talked about, problem in our society.  For myself—and roughly 40-60% percent of other students—anxiety became a part of our daily routine… Read more »

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