panic attack myths

5 Myths About Panic Attacks

5 Myths About Panic Attacks Only 36.9 percent of the 40 million American adults with anxiety disorders seek treatment for their conditions. A lack of treatment can cause emotional symptoms to worsen and even hurt their physical health. Several factors may keep people with panic attacks from seeking treatment. For example, lack of access to affordable treatment can be a problem. Another issue is the…

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How to Calm Yourself During a Panic Attack

How to Calm Yourself During a Panic Attack When you have a panic attack, you may find that your heart races, your breathing gets shallow, and you believe that something awful is coming your way. In the middle of these spells, it’s difficult to feel like anything can help. However, if you practice a few strategies now, you can be ready to stop panic…

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How Untreated Anxiety Affects Physical Health

How Untreated Anxiety Affects Physical Health Each year, nearly 1 in 5 American adults suffers from an anxiety disorder. This type of disorder can include panic attacks, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and specific phobias. Although anxiety disorders remain highly treatable with therapy and/or medication, fewer than 40 percent of patients with these illnesses seek professional help. Unfortunately, people with anxiety who do not get…

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What Patients Should Know Before Taking Antidepressants

What Patients Should Know Before Taking Antidepressants When it comes to treatments for depression, there is a lot of misinformation out there. Unfortunately, these myths sometimes keep people from getting the help they need or cause unnecessary anxiety when they do decide to get help. For example, many patients feel extremely nervous about starting antidepressants. While patients should use caution when taking all medication,…

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depression symptoms in teens and kids

How to Tell if Your Child or Teen May Have Depression

Clinically Edited & Approved by: Deena Altman, PA-C How to Tell if Your Child or Teen May Have Depression An adolescent dies from suicide every 100 minutes, making it the third leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 24. Even after teens and children overcome depression, it can have long-lasting effects on their brains. Untreated depression can cause the brain to deteriorate,…

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Postpartum Depression: Unique Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatments

Postpartum Depression: Unique Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatments The weeks following labor and delivery often bring about intense emotions, even when all parties remain healthy and everything goes as planned. While some low moods, crying, and confusion are normal, some new mothers experience debilitating emotions in the postpartum period. When new parents experience postpartum depression, it can mimic major depression and other mood disorders in…

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5 Surprising Depression Symptoms

5 Surprising Depression Symptoms When many people think of depression, they picture someone with extreme sadness who cries a lot. They may also picture someone who cannot get themselves out of bed or complete their daily routines. While depression can manifest in those ways, some people with depression never have these symptoms. It’s important for people to know the common and surprising symptoms of…

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What Parents Should Know About Teens and Electronic Cigarettes

What Parents Should Know About Teens and Electronic Cigarettes In 2018, more than 37% of high school seniors reported vaping, which is the practice of smoking e-cigarettes. That’s an increase of about 10% over the previous year’s findings. It’s not just older students using tobacco this way. About one in ten eighth graders report vaping as well. With these numbers now at record highs,…

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How Visual Media Affects Children

Clinically Edited & Approved by: Angela Hamm, NP-BC How Visual Media Affects Children If you’ve ever left a superhero movie feeling inspired, cried during your favorite network drama, or felt moved to act by a documentary, you know that the media you consume can have a powerful effect on your feelings. As such, it stands to reason that television and movies can change the…

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Can Food Boost Your Mood?

Can Food Boost Your Mood? Many people know that unbalanced diets can lead to physical problems, such as diabetes and heart disease. However, fewer people understand how food affects your mood. Not only could an unhealthy diet cause long-term physical health problems, but it can affect your mood in the moment and beyond. Like the rest of the body, the brain needs fuel to…

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