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How to Stop a Panic Attack: A Checklist to Help You Through Anxiety

If you live with Panic Disorder or any other Anxiety Disorder, the fear of a panic attack may worsen your symptoms. One of the best ways to ease that Anxiety is to prepare for a possible panic attack and have a plan. But what if you forget your plan when the time comes? If you’ve ever had a panic attack, you know: no matter how many times you’ve talked through it with your therapist, it’s hard to recall calming techniques when your mind is racing. That’s where your panic attack checklist comes in. Print or write out a list of the things you can do if you feel a panic attack coming and keep the list with you at all times. It may seem small now, but it can change everything if you need it. Step 1: Take Inventory of Your Mental Health Toolbox Use your answers to the following questions to think of resources you can access if you have a panic attack. You may notice that you’re missing resources in some areas—that’s okay...

By LifeStance Health

Published: February 5, 2024
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How to Stop a Panic Attack: A Checklist to Help You Through Anxiety
Anxiety/Stress

Physical Anxiety Symptoms Without Feeling Anxious: Understanding Your Body’s Response

Anxiety isn’t just about how we feel emotionally. It’s a comprehensive response that can affect our bodies in ways we might not readily associate with feeling anxious. In many instances, people experience physical symptoms of Anxiety without attributing them to state of their Mental Health. It’s crucial we learn how to identify the physical responses to mental or emotional stimuli so that we can find ways to soothe our Anxiety and become the best version of ourselves. Many people ask, “What does anxiety feel like physically?” The answers might surprise you. Which Types of Anxiety Cause Physical Symptoms? Anxiety is a natural and occasional response to life’s challenges. For some, however, Anxiety can become persistent, affecting daily life. Anxiety isn’t just an emotional experience; it often presents with physical symptoms, which can occur even when one isn’t feeling overtly anxious. Underst...

By LifeStance Health

Published: January 31, 2024
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Physical Anxiety Symptoms Without Feeling Anxious: Understanding Your Body’s Response
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4 Ways PTSD Affects Daily Life

This content has been updated from previous article on May 5, 2020. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric condition that affects approximately 3.5% of adults in the United States. Though commonly linked to combat veterans, this disorder can affect anyone who has survived or witnessed a traumatic event. These could range from surviving natural disasters, violent acts such as domestic violence, sexual assault or rape, accidents, sudden loss of loved one, childhood trauma, etc. In general, PTSD causes people to have intense thoughts and feelings related to a traumatic event long after the event ends. These thoughts and feelings can manifest as many different symptoms, which vary from person to person. Though each person with PTSD is unique, there is one common thread that unites all cases: the disorder severely impacts daily life. PTSD can have a profound impact on daily life, influencing thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. The effects of PTSD can manifest in various ways, making even the simplest tasks challenging for those affected. Many relive or re-experience the traumatic event itself via flashbacks/nightmares, some develop emotional numbness and avoidance to the people, places, or situations that remind the individual of the traumatic event, and others experience negative tho...

By LifeStance Health

Published: January 22, 2024
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Anxiety/Stress

Types of Social Anxiety and Guidance for Treatment

Social Anxiety goes deeper than simply feeling a bit shy at a party. It’s a complex condition that affects many people in varied ways. Discussing this condition comes at a time when more people find social interaction more difficult after the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s an exploration of Social Anxiety, breaking down what it is and the different ways it might manifest. What Is Social Anxiety? Social Anxiety is a chronic Mental Health condition characterized by an intense, persistent fear of being observed and judged in social situations. Unlike occasional nerves or insecurity, this fear can disrupt daily life and even routine interactions, such as talking to a cashier or eating with others. People with Social Anxiety may recognize that their fears are excessive but find overcoming them extremely challenging. Social Anxiety may show up for people in different ways, and it may not look the same for everyone....

By LifeStance Health

Published: December 11, 2023
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Types of Social Anxiety and Guidance for Treatment
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How to Help Someone Who is Having a Panic Attack

Panic attacks can be a frightening and overwhelming experience for those who suffer from them, and if you have a friend or loved one dealing with panic attacks, knowing how to help them can make a world of difference. Panic Attack 5 Step Emergency Guide If your loved one is in the middle of a panic attack now, stay as calm as possible and take the following five steps: Ensure their physical safety Speak calmly and say reassuring things Ask if they have prescription medication for panic disorder Try clinically proven therapeutic techniques Avoid taking specific actions that can worsen the symptoms If the person knows what panic attacks feel like and insist this is different, call 9-1-1. Panic attack symptoms can look very similar to heart attack symptoms. If someone is having a panic attack and they want to be alone, honor their wishes as much as possible. Offer to go to the next room or stay on the phone until you...

By LifeStance Health

Published: November 8, 2023
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Are You Introverted or Socially Anxious?

This content has been updated from previous article. Are you an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert? If you struggle in your interactions with most people, you likely answer “introvert,” rather quickly. After all, extroverts and ambiverts are at least somewhat comfortable in social situations, right? Not exactly. To clarify, introversion is not a mental disorder or social anxiety disorder. It is simply a personality trait where introversion is on one end of the personality spectrum and extroversion being its opposite. It is how people recharge their social battery, and it is not as black as white as many may believe. In fact, people can also exhibit both introverted and extroverted traits. These people are known colloquially as ambiverts. Ambiverts are in the middle of extroversion and introversion and can act like both in different situations. These characteristics can vary in intensity from person to person. On the other hand, social anxiety is a mental health condition that can cause anguish and undue stress. Introverts, extroverts, and ambiverts can all have social anxiety....

By LifeStance Health

Published: October 16, 2023
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The 4 Types of Trauma Responses

This content has been updated from previous article posted February 3, 2022 The Covid pandemic, which wreaked havoc in people’s daily lives, has now finally come to an end. During these stressful few years, it triggered the fight or flight response in many individuals due to the perceived threat to their health and safety. The uncertainty surrounding the virus, its rapid spread, and the potential for severe illness or death caused significant fear and anxiety. When people encountered situations related to COVID-19, it triggered their fear response, such as the risk of coming into contact with an infected person, experiencing symptoms, or hearing incessant news about the pandemic. That fear has created physical effects on many people’s bodies. This is because when people are faced with fearful situations, their body responds with a “fight or flight” reaction. The “Fight or Flight response” is defined as the automatic physical reaction to an event that is perceived as stressful or frightening. You have likely heard of this term before. To better understand these responses, let’s take a look at an example of how this could come to life. If you happen to find yourself face-to-face with a tiger, would you be more likely to take out a weapon and fight? Or would you lace up your best running shoes and...

By LifeStance Health

Published: July 3, 2023
Read Time: 7 Minutes
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The 4 Types of Trauma Responses