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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.

Read Full Article: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170824101809.htm

“It was a physical thing,” recalls a 24-year-old. “I could feel it rising up my chest. These worries were out of control in my head. I couldn’t listen to my boss or focus on anything else, and all of a sudden I blacked out.”

Beth Rowland was standing in her work canteen, midway through a routine team meeting, when it happened for the first time. As her boss enumerated all the tasks to be completed by Continue reading ““It was a physical thing,” recalls a 24-year-old. “I could feel it rising up my chest. These worries were out of control in my head. I couldn’t listen to my boss or focus on anything else, and all of a sudden I blacked out.””

Most of us take flying for granted. But there are many people who experience such overwhelming fear they cannot board a plane without having a panic attack.

As humans, our relationship to flight has changed dramatically in the last century. Air travel has developed from a fantasy into a common and widely used mode of transportation. Continue reading “Most of us take flying for granted. But there are many people who experience such overwhelming fear they cannot board a plane without having a panic attack.”

Prince Harry opens up about terrifying panic attacks

In yet another first for a senior member of the royal family, Prince Harry has given an extensive TV interview in which he described in excruciating detail the panic attacks he suffered following the death of Princess Diana.

In the interview for the Army channel Forces TV, Harry says that he would suffer appalling panic attacks that made his body feel like “a washing machine” every time he found himself in a room full of people.

Read Full Article: https://www.thedailybeast.com/prince-harry-on-panic-attacks-were-all-mental

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