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Psychotherapy for Anxiety Disorders

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By Stephanie Boone

In recent years, various pharmaceuticals such as anti-depressants and tranquilizers have been utilized to treat a wide range of anxiety disorders. This trend, while often immediately beneficial to the patient, has publicly overshadowed the therapeutic treatments which are arguably the most effective in the long run.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), each year roughly nineteen million adults within the United States experience anxiety disorders—which include obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder (PD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder/social phobia, and specific phobias, such as fear of the outdoors (agoraphobia) or confined spaces (claustrophobia), among many others (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/anxiety.cfm).

Although prescription medications are the fastest method of treating anxiety disorders, they can have numerous side effects and consequences. Patients can easily become dependent on tranquilizers and sedatives, such as the benzodiazepines Atavin and Xanax, because…

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This Simple Task Could Make You More Resilient

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By Melody Wilding, L.C.S.W. Networking can be, at times, awkward and even produce anxiety. The thought of reaching out to people you don’t know to build potential business relationships can seem daunting. How do those “super connector” social butterflies carry themselves with such confidence while others stammer and stutter? As it turns out, there’s a… Continue Reading

5 Tips for Highly Sensitive People in Navigating Overwhelm

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