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Do you notice yourself feeling more anxious in the summer?

When the sun is shining, the automatic assumption is that everything feels right with the world – but that isn’t the case for everyone. Anxiety, for some people who suffer from it, can actually worsen in the summer months, and it makes complete sense as to why.

Speaking to Refinery 29, psychologist at telehealth app LiveHealth Online, Lindsay Henderson, PsyD, explained that the increased social pressure to go out and have fun can lead to higher levels of anxiety.

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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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