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8 Ways to Deal with Social Anxiety During the Holidays

For individuals who struggle with social anxiety, however, the holidays can be one of the most stressful times of the year.

What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)?

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a relatively common disorder that affects approximately 2-3% of the adult U.S. population. Generalized anxiety disorder is a type of anxiety disorder where people experience excessive worry about two or more aspects of life (work, social, relational, financial, etc.) nearly every day and persists for months. People with GAD may […]

Why Am I Having Panic Attacks?

Panic attacks are often caused by anxiety. Anxiety is the body’s way of responding to stress. Anxiety triggers our body’s fight-or-flight response causing anxiety symptoms and panic attacks. In anxiety, symptoms provoke a response from the body to confront a certain situation as dangerous even though it might not be life-threatening or cause any harm. […]

Anxiety and Alcohol Use: What You Should Know

Alcohol is one of the most commonly used drugs in the United States. Most American adults consume alcohol at least once in their lifetime. Among them, 6.7% will develop Alcohol Use Disorder. Alcohol consumption during COVID-19 lockdowns increased by 60%, presumably due to mental health issues and increased anxiety. Individuals who experience anxiety may turn […]

Anxiety Management for Daily Life

Anxiety can be difficult to manage, especially when it starts impacting your daily life. Some days anxiety is like a light breeze, and you barely notice it. Other days anxiety can feel like a gust of worry, fear, and uncertainty. Anxiety is a normal reaction that everyone experiences from time to time, but it becomes […]

What Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Anxiety Look Like?

Anxiety can be debilitating and interfere significantly with our ability to live life the way we want, impacting work or school performance, relationships, and more. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been shown in studies to help reduce anxiety symptoms by teaching people coping skills for dealing with anxiety when it occurs. CBT is a type […]

Your Anxious Brain (and How to Rewire It)

Anxiety is a normal human emotion. We all feel it from time to time. However, when anxiety becomes excessive or chronic, it can have very serious consequences on your physical and mental health. Anxiety is an umbrella term used to describe a collection of disorders that are characterized by feelings of fear, dread, and uneasiness. […]

Conquer Your Anxiety with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

If you’re dealing with anxiety, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may be the answer you are looking for. CBT is an evidence-based treatment that has been shown to help people with anxiety. It can help alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life by changing patterns of thinking and behaving that lead to the development of anxiety […]

Anxiety in Gay Men: Social Anxiety and Homophobia

People of all sexualities experience some sort of anxiety at some point in their lives, whether it’s public speaking or socializing with others. However, the LGBTQ+ community faces unique challenges due to the homophobia that exists in society. In this article, I will talk about how homophobia causes social anxiety and other mental health problems […]

10 Tips for Managing Anxiety with Mindfulness

Anxiety is a tough mental health issue to manage. It can be crippling and make it difficult for you to function in day-to-day life. Anxiety has been linked with an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, and several other serious medical conditions. Mindfulness is a practice that helps people learn how […]

Online Therapy and COVID-19

People often start psychotherapy because they’re facing unprecedented challenges and are feeling overwhelmed. If you’re feeling this way now, you’re not alone. The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for you and your loved ones. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. Stress during an infectious […]

What is Peter Pan Syndrome?

Peter Pan Syndrome was coined in 1983 by Dr. Dan Kiley, in his book, The Peter Pan Syndrome: Men Who have Never Grown Up. This “syndrome” is not a recognized disorder by the American Psychiatric Association in the DSM 5, but rather is a collection of symptoms recognized by Dr. Kiley. Dr. Kiley refers to […]