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Tips

Coping Strategies


Try these when you're feeling anxious or stressed:



  • Take a time-out. Practice yoga, listen to music, meditate, get a massage, or learn relaxation techniques. Stepping back from the problem helps clear your head.

  • Eat well-balanced meals. Do not skip any meals. Do keep healthful, energy-boosting snacks on hand.

  • Limit alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks.

Health Anxiety

Gordon Asmundson, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Regina, Canada
Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, University of Saskatchewan

Investigator and leader, The Traumatic Stress Group
University of Regina
Saskatchewan, Canada

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Trastornos de Ansiedad ("Anxiety Disorders" en Español)

Roberto Lewis-Fernández, MD

Director of the Hispanic Treatment Program, New York State Psychiatric Institute
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University
Lecturer on Social Medicine, Harvard University

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Exercise in the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

Karen Cassiday, PhD

Owner and Clinical Director
Anxiety and Agoraphobia Treatment Center, Ltd.
Northbrook, Illinois


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Treatment-Resistant OCD and Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Alec Pollard, PhD
Founder and Director
Anxiety Disorders Center
Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute

Professor
Community and Family Medicine
St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri

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Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

Katharine A. Phillips, MD

Director of Research for Adult Psychiatry and
Senior Research Scientist
Rhode Island Hospital

Professor, Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island

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“I had an overwhelming foreboding that something terrible was about to happen to me, and I wouldn’t be able to escape. ”

Family History

My college life was enriched with family, friends, sorority sisters, successful academic achievement, and a loving boyfriend. But one night, a terrifying new element was suddenly added. Lying in bed, I began to sweat profusely. My heart was racing and I could not stay still. I had an overwhelming foreboding that something terrible was about to happen to me, and I wouldn’t be able to escape. When I called my dad to explain my symptoms, he suggested that I go to the hospital.

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“I felt a tingling sensation spread throughout my chest. A sudden fear of death seemed to come from nowhere.”

A Traumatic Trigger of Panic

My name is Jacob. I'm 20 years old and this is my story:

It all started on what seemed like a regular day in my sophomore year of college. I went to all my classes and got back to my dorm room at about 5 p.m. When I checked to see if my roommate was in yet, I found him lying on the floor by his bed. He had died of a heart attack at 20 years old.

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Howie Mandel Talks About OCD

TV personality and actor Howie Mandel shares his struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in a public service announcement for the ADAA campaign Treat It, Don't Repeat It: Break Free From OCD.

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