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There was a time when basic things—like driving, climbing a flight of stairs, taking a shower, or going through the checkout line at the grocery store—landed me somewhere between mortal unease and full-throttle terror. It all began with a single panic attack that seemed to strike out of the blue. Mistaking it for a heart attack, I called an ambulance, but I quickly learned that there is no ambulance for an alarm of the mind.
Childhood anxiety, even severe and chronic, doesn’t necessarily stand in the way of success and achievement. But caring parents will do anything to help relieve their children of misery. Scott Stossel, the editor of The Atlantic magazine, tells his story of struggling, coping, and living a very productive life.Read
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Everyone occasionally has intrusive thoughts and repetitive behaviors. But people with OCD frequently experience these thoughts and behaviors and experience significant distress and impairment as a result. Intrusive and unwanted thoughts, images or urges are called obsessions. Obsessions can be difficult to control and create uncomfortable feelings such as fear, disgust, doubt, or a “not-right” feeling. People with OCD may feel the need to repeatedly perform a behavior or a routine (physically or in their minds) called a compulsion.
Read the most recent blog post and find out the differences—and similarities—of a panic attack and a heart attack.
Listen to this new podcast if you're considering decreasing or discontinuing your OCD medications.
My Depression: The Up and Down and Up of It: A short animated movie illustrates the symptoms, emotions, and side effects of depression with witty comedy and unique musical numbers, based on the lifelong experiences of Broadway writer, director, and composer Elizabeth Swados. Tune into HBO for more.
How to Help Your Child Feel Less Anxious, More Capable, and Stronger (November 5, 2014)
Dr. Lynne Siqueland discussed how to help your child cope with anxiety and get through typical difficult times (school mornings, stomachaches, homework, and bedtime) and how parents can take care of themselves so they can take care of their children. Watch the recorded webinar.
Many people experience periods of anxiety or depression, so it is important to remember that you are not alone. Seeking support and encouragement during a difficult time is a critical first step, and it can be challenging. Coaching is a method that can be helpful for those who live with a mental illness.