Common Types of Anxiety Disorders in Children

Anxiety Disorders in ChildrenContrary to the general belief, children too, suffer from various conditions that can be traced back to anxiety and depression. There are various symptoms that children show which should be identified and treated to prevent these conditions from becoming worse. Some types of anxiety disorder in children include but are not limited to:

1. Selective Mutism

There are children who stop communicating when they are expected to talk. The children who might be suffering from this condition may find it difficult to make friends at school or even communicate with some of their teachers. Often their faces show no expression and they stand still or can be seen playing with or chewing their hair, sitting in corners and avoiding eye contact.

While these children might show these symptoms in schools they are very expressive at home or places where they feel secure and comfortable. The parents of such children are often surprised when informed about the behavior of their children at school. Read the rest of this entry »

Depression and Pleasure

Robin WilliamsTwo days ago, we heard the sad news: Robin Williams, the famous movie star, committed suicide.

He was suffering from severe depression, in spite of his fame and wealth.

He was addicted to alcohol and drugs.

The fact that a famous actor, who was able to spread fun & joy to people around the world, and yet he himself was unhappy to the point of killing himself, raises many questions and conclusions.

Let us expl0re some of these conclusions:

1-Vulnerability: His suicide tells us that everyone is vulnerable to depression. Even the humorous and funny people, those who are not very serious in their behavior, are as vulnerable as anyone else.

2-Fame & Money:

These are important goals for many persons, and yet in spite of their importance for those people, they will not fight depression. People with fame & money are still vulnerable to depression.
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Can Chewing Gum Help You Lose Weight?

Chewing GumIn fact, a study newly given by scientists at the University of Texas, USA, it is an unrealistic inference. The study has proven that gum is not a miracle weight-loss method as you think, not to mention, it makes you reduce cravings for nutritious fruits.

Normally, we deduce that chewing gum will curb our cravings, but the truth is much worse. Far from making you eat less, the taste of gum causes you to choose foods needed wrongly.

In the first experiment, 44 participants went through three stages: one time they chewed mint flavor, another time they used fruit flavor, and the final time they did not.

After each experiment, they filled in a questionnaire and played the game in which rewards were food which is beneficial or harmful to health (the participants were free to choose their favorite games). On the average, each player narrated the decrease in hunger after chewing gum. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Ways to Get More Out of Your Physical Therapy

therapistBeing sick or hurt is not fun. The point of physical therapy is to return you to health by helping your body strengthen so you can regain mobility. Although the process can be lengthy and at times hurt, the results are well worth the effort. While you have a scheduled time and regimen and an educated medical professional to assist and teach you, there are a few things you can do to help optimize your recovery efforts. Perhaps you can improve more quickly, or gain more mobility through your added efforts. Either way, it is worth it to put in the extra work.

1. Take notes

There will likely be a number of distractions during your physical therapy session. In order to properly remember the exercises given to you in order to heal, bring something to record the steps. Whether it is pen and paper, a camera, or the therapist’s own handout, take plenty of good notes that you can reference later at home. Also, make sure they take notes on your progress, so time isn’t wasted answering questions or redoing work during your next session. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Manage Anxiety Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy

DBTTypes of Anxiety

There are many types of anxiety but they can all be classified into 2 broad areas: appropriate and inappropriate. Freud defined appropriate anxiety as fear in response to a real or perceived threat, while inappropriate anxiety is more free-flowing, non-specific and not in response to a specific threat in the immediate environment.

Where Does Anxiety Come From?

It is impossible to learn how to manage anxiety without first understanding where it comes from. The body’s natural fight-or-flight response is a protective mechanism that keeps humans safe by alerting them to danger and then energizing those parts of the brain responsible for reacting to danger. Early humans needed the fight-or-flight response to survive while living among predators, but threats to early humans were real. It is safe to assume that cavemen and women did not experience vague, free-flowing anxiety and knew instinctively how to manage anxiety. They managed it by reacting: either running away or fighting. Modern humans, however, often experience the fight-or-flight instinct at inappropriate times, either in response to the stresses of daily life or in response to unresolved past events. Read the rest of this entry »