Learn what it was like for one mother when she finally understood her daughter’s anxiety

It’s hard to have an anxious child.

The hardest part for me to understand is that her fears seem irrational, and her reactions appear to be unreasonable.

I understand her anxiety is an automatic reaction to a perceived, almost inexplicable fear, and that it feels very real to her. But emotionally, I have a really hard time not feeling overwhelmed, out of control and disconnected from her, and her experience.

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27 celebrities open up about living with anxiety and panic attacks.

If you’ve ever experienced the crippling feeling of anxiety, you know it’s not easy to put into words. Living with an anxiety disorder can mean so many different things, since the symptoms—which can include things like trouble sleeping, avoidance, fatigue, and even pain—vary from person to person. Panic attacksphobiasOCDsocial anxiety, and PTSD all full under the umbrella of anxiety disorders—and 40 million American adults live with the internal battle every day.

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Michael Phelps shares what helped him when he questioned his desire to live.

Swimmer Michael Phelps may be best known for his Olympic gold medal wins, but he’s also become an outspoken advocate for mental health issues, following his own experiences with anxietydepression and suicidal thoughts. In honor of Mental Health Awareness month, Phelps shared what helped him recover. Continue reading “Michael Phelps shares what helped him when he questioned his desire to live.”

Watch Billie Eilish’s video about mental health. She reminds her fans that it’s not “weak” to ask for help

Mental Health Awareness Month is ending next week, but it’s a topic that’s important year-round. And that’s something that singers Billie Eilish and Ava Max are emphasizing in a set of new videos, which encourage fans to talk openly about mental health struggles. Billie Eilish’s video about mental health highlights the importance of checking in on your loved ones, in addition to taking care of yourself.

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If you think that #panicattacks are psychological, think again. New research suggests they might be caused by receptors in the body. Find out more here.

Panic disorder is a syndrome characterized by spontaneous and recurrent episodes of incapacitating anxiety. It typically emerges during adolescence or early adulthood and can take an exhausting emotional and physical toll on the body. Physical symptoms can include heart palpitations, sweating and/or chills, trouble breathing and dizziness, nausea and even chest pain.

While significant progress in both diagnosis and treatment has been made with panic disorder, a lot is still not known about what triggers these panic symptoms. There is evidence that a pH inbalance disruption in the body, known as acidosis, can unexpectedly cause the panic attack.

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