Many people believe that heartburn is related to anxiety. While you won’t see anxiety listed as a usual risk factor for acid reflux, research suggests that a connection exists, although the precise reason why is unknown.
I recently returned from a wonderful first trip to Iceland. Near our cabin at the base of an extinct volcano, I found a lake where I could try my luck fly fishing. In the process of learning about fishing in Lake Baularvallatvatn, I discovered a fascinating legend about a farm nearby. Continue reading “Panic in the Land of Fire and Ice”
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.
It happens more often than I’d like. My anxiety is a thick cloud of smoke, poisoning the air I breathe. I sit in my classes, smoke filling my brain, my foot tapping a million miles a minute. My thoughts are far removed from the moment, my professor’s voice drowned out by the screaming from within the fire.
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 attacks, phobias, OCD, social anxiety, and PTSD all full under the umbrella of anxiety disorders—and 40 million American adults live with the internal battle every day.
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 anxiety, depression 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.”
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.
In my last blog, I shared a compelling account from NFL great Earl Campbell as he described his first panic attack1. Today, I’ll share more of Earl’s personal story. This time, he describes an all-too-common experience: the fruitless and frantic search for a medical explanation for his frightening symptoms: Continue reading “Panic & Medical Care – Earl Campbell Part 2”
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.
Read Full Article: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170824101809.htm
For as long as she can remember, Rachel has been afraid of vomit. And not just afraid in the way that everyone finds vomit unpleasant. She has a diagnosable fear of vomiting known as emetophobia. Continue reading “No one likes to get sick, but people who live in constant fear of vomiting (emetophobia) have it especially difficult.”