Category Archives: Psych Central Anxiety Blog

4 Ways to Let Go of Anger

By Therese J. Borchard

“Holding on to anger,” said the Buddha, “is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”

I don’t know about you, but I feel the venom coursing through my veins when I’m ticked off, tightening all my muscles, activating the sympathetic nervous system to prepare for the gorilla that is not about to attack me, and tagging my amygdala (fear center), saying, “You’re it!”

For me, anger can be a good thing, a sign that I’m alive and I’m invested in this world. I guess I’m feeling well enough lately that unkind remarks bother me more, things that I would have never cared about back when I was doing death math all the time, not paying attention to what came out of people’s mouths because my sole focus was on getting to the grave.

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How Trauma Can Trigger Positive Transformation

By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. There’s a common misconception surrounding trauma. We assume that after someone experiences trauma, they might develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or return to their old life. But many individuals also experience something else: positive change. In fact, in 1996 psychologists Richard Tedeschi and Lawrence Calhoun coined the term “post-traumatic growth” to… Continue Reading

3 Art Therapy Techniques to Deal with Anxiety

By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Art therapy can be valuable in navigating anxiety. It can become another healthy tool in our collection whether your anxiety is occasional or chronic. One big benefit of art therapy is its ability to calm the nervous system: When we’re focused on creating, our attention shifts away from worrisome ruminations. “When… Continue Reading

6 Additional Ways to Reduce or Stop Racing Thoughts that Stall Sleep

By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. It’s really frustrating when you’re lying in bed, and your thoughts just won’t stop. It might be thoughts about what you need to do tomorrow or thoughts about what went wrong today. Your brain is lit up like a Christmas tree. Your body feels like a firecracker — about to explode… Continue Reading

Mind Over Mood: Q&A with Authors Dennis Greenberger & Christine A. Padesky

By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. When you’re struggling with anxiety or depression, it feels like you’ll never get better. You’ll always feel this way. It feels like the dark clouds will never lift. Or the anxiety, worry and restlessness are permanent. Understandably, you feel hopeless and helpless. You feel stuck. The great news is that you… Continue Reading

Fear of Missing Out

By Linda Sapadin, Ph.D. In case you didn’t have enough to worry about, there’s a new mental health syndrome on the horizon with a funky acronym. It’s FOMO: the Fear of Missing Out. Missing out? But on what? On what other people are doing. They’re having exciting experiences that you’re not. They attended the hottest… Continue Reading

Don’t Let Your Creative Mind Fuel Your Social Anxiety

By Traci Pedersen Many sufferers of social anxiety are highly sensitive, introspective individuals who simply fall into the mindtrap of extreme self-consciousness in unfamiliar social situations. Self-consciousness is essentially a fear-driven derivative of introspection, the ability to examine one’s own self. Research also has shown that people who score high in traits of neuroticism, including… Continue Reading