What is anxiety?

October 22, 2019 0 Comment

Anxiety is the term for a combination of mental and physical symptoms that are related to the fight or flight’ response. This is when the body reacts to a threat or stressful event by physiologically preparing to defend itself or flee. This involves releasing specific neurochemicals in the brain, such as serotonin, which if not released or re-absorbed correctly can result in a chemical imbalance that causes anxiety. When this anxiety reaches a debilitating level it is referred to as an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorders are divided into three main categories:

– Generalised Anxiety Disorders: characterised by over exaggerated worrying about everyday matters. The anxiety may not be focused around a single issue or factor, with the sufferer simply aware that they are anxious all the time and not what about or why.
– Panic Disorder: characterised by repeated and intense anxiety attacks featuring an overwhelming feeling of fear, trembling, dizziness and several other unpleasant sensations lasting from a few minutes to several hours.
– Phobias: disorders centred on an irrational and persistent fear of a single anxiety generating factor e.g. birds, open spaces.

There are other types of anxiety disorders that fall into one or more of these categories. For instance:- Social Anxiety Disorder: The sufferer feels unwarranted and excessive anxiety in social contexts and situations resulting in a weakened ability to interact and behave normally. These contexts may be singular or specific, or in more debilitating cases may be a generalised disorder. Generalised social anxiety disorders create extreme and constant fear of the sufferer being embarrassed or belittled by others for their actions. This anxiety in turn causes the sufferer to behave abnormally in social situations, further increasing their anxiety and creating a vicious circle.


Physical symptoms associated with anxiety disorders:
– Stomach, bowel and bladder complaints; excessive wind, loss of bowel control, recurrent urination
– Muscular tremors and aches
– Shortness of breath
– A pounding heart
– Headaches
– The sensation of pins and needles’
– Thirst
– Impotence, the inability to respond to sexual stimuli
– Lack of periods/excessive period pain

Psychological symptoms:

– Anxiety depression and/or pessimism
– Difficulty focusing or concentrating
– Loss of patience
– Persistent feeling of fear or danger
– Insomnia
– Obsessive preoccupation on a subject

Anxiety sufferers may additionally exhibit symptoms of clinical depression as the two disorders share common characteristics.

What sufferers can expect:

Anxiety is often a self-propagating disorder. For instance, in cases of generalised social anxiety disorders the sufferer is unaware exactly why a given situation makes them anxious, it just does. This causes the feeling of anxiety to be the cause of further anxiety as the sufferer begins to worry about the source of the feeling itself, feeding the problem and creating a vicious circle of increasing anxiety.

Depending on the type of anxiety, sufferers can expect intense anxiety attacks, constant and persistent anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

Where to go for diagnosis:

The first resource is the family doctor. They will recognise the problem and refer the sufferer to a practice counsellor or psychiatric nurse specialising in psychological disorders.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): a psychotherapy treatment that modifies set behavioural and psychological patterns in order to recognise and circumvent the emotional sources of anxiety.

Anxiety Medication: initially used to reduce the anxiety to manageable levels to facilitate psychiatric and psychological treatment.
– Benzodiazepines: effective but for short-term use only (no more than one month), highly addictive.
– Antidepressants: Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI’s), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s).

How To Lose Body Fat Fast In Two Weeks

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We know you are interested in burning your unneeded body fat. With out having expensive equipment or it taking up all the space in your room. Combining cardiovascular training and strength can make you burn fat quickly. This article will suggest some ways in helping you burn fat without having to leave your house. In fact, all you will need are very easy to find items that can be found at your nearest sporting goods or fitness equipment retailer. All you will need to do is follow the instructions and start seeing results.

Using dumbbells and barbells make free weight exercises in the comfort of your own home try new workouts and see results. Free weights are easy to take care of and are compact and are easy to store. Weight lifting gets your upper body stronger. This also works multiple muscles groups in your body and gives you more strength training for your buck. Try new workouts that you’ve done or seen before.

Use Resistance Bands

These are very effective and help your shoulders and arms a lot. Also very helpful in fat burning and offering a great workout routine. These bands are made of rubber and plastic tubing that come in different resistance sizes to your preference. Very inexpensive they are affordable and doable at the same time. They look very similar to jump ropes but are different in use. Like before you can any kind of workouts with resistance bands that you can with dumbbells. Make sure to search the web for free resistance band workouts and how to implement them. These workouts help in losing body the most. Most bands that you find will come with exercise illustrations and even offer instructional videos.

Get A Cardio Workout

Well as far as strength training goes we have to give a little time to cardio workout as well. Cardio workouts burn more calories than weight training which means for body fat gone. Preferably, this is the most performed workout and you will see results a lot quicker. You can start with doing simple exercises like push ups, pull ups, squats and abdominal crunches.


How to lose body fat fast is the most focused topic nowadays. Food is becoming a lot fattier and people are becoming for obese. And now you can lose fat sitting at the comfort of your own home. with just a little dedication and patience you will achieve your goal. there are easy to follow instructions where burning body fat can be easier than ever. There’s no buying expensive equipment or going to workout you can do all at your house.

Getting Through Tax Season Stress

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Don’t let tax season stress get you this year.

Finding something to laugh at like a comedy movie or a picture can help relieve some tax season stress.

Oh glorious tax season, why do I hate you so? Let me count the ways:

I never know if I will end up having to pay money I don’t have to the government, or if I will be lucky this year and get money back.

Trying to make sense of the mess of all the receipts I collected for business expenses over the last year.

Realizing how much we paid in medical bills over the course of the last year. (medical expense deductions)

Praying we are filling out the tax information correctly.

Hoping that the deductions we are rightfully claiming aren’t going to flag us for an audit.

Effects of Stress on the Body

A little bit of stress is not a bad thing; it makes us more alert and able to handle certain situations better. However, when stress has completely taken over it is and it is no longer temporary it causes harm to you both emotionally and physically.

Emotionally, it can cause you to lash out at your loved ones because you are in a constant defensive mode. It can make dealing with even the simplest of situation difficult, cause depression, and makes everything seem much worse than it actually is.

Physically, it can be the trigger for asthma, headaches, diabetes, and heart issues. We all know that stress increases our blood pressure, but how many of you know that stress can actually cause us to develop skin conditions also? (webmd.com)

To top it all off, if you are already suffering from an ailment stress makes it worse

Stop right there! Drop that cookie!

When you are stressed out, the absolute worst thing you can do is stress eat. Yeah sure, it makes you feel better for a little bit while all the neurons in your brain are bouncing around happily, but that is a very temporary fix. Once those neurons calm down you crash; which makes you feel physically tired. Then you also regret what you ate, leading to more stress eating to try and make those feelings go away

Do you see a bad cycle starting here?

There is no end to this cycle either and it can go on for years and years unless you put a stop to it.

When my son was born I found myself a stressed out, working two jobs, 21-year-old single mom and I fell into a nasty post-partum depression. To make the depression and stress pain go away I ate. I ate everything and anything I could. In fact, it wasn’t uncommon for me to eat a large pizza for one meal, or a whole bag of double-stuff Oreos watching a single movie alone in my house while my son was sleeping.

I ate so much that I gained 80 pounds after I had my son on top of the 25 pounds I gained during pregnancy. That’s right, I gain over 3 times more weight from stress eating than I did from being pregnant.  My son is now 13 and I still have yet to permanently lose all of this weight.

Please let my experience help you realize that stress eating is so very bad. If you can’t help it and you absolutely must eat to calm yourself, remove all of the bad food from your home and surround yourself with healthy alternatives.

Celery, apples, radishes, cucumber, and carrots are all great stress snacks because they are crunchy and you have to work hard to get them chewed up.  If you need sweet stress relief, reach for some berries or even frozen grapes, instead of the cookies and ice cream.

Find a Stress Relief Outlet

Having a stress relief outlet is an absolute must. First, it gives you something to focus on rather than the stressful situation you are dealing with. Second, it gives you a break and removes you from a surrounding that may be stressful.

Massages, pedicures, playing sports, going for a drive, or seeing  movie are all great stress relief outlets. Recently I have been using the gym for my stress relief outlet. Working out on the cardio equipment gives me the same high I used to get from eating a bag of Oreo cookies (without the regret and extra resulting pounds) and the steam room in the locker room is a great place to escape to just relax and be alone.

Looking at Stress in a Different Light

Another way to attack your stress is to look at it with a more positive spin. For example, with my tax stress above:

I really don’t have a positive spin for the stress of not knowing if you have to pay.

I am thankful I am self-employed and have to look for these receipts instead of having to work for someone else.

Yes, we had a lot of medical bills. But we have health insurance to pay for most of the actual cost and because we have so many they are tax deductible.

I have to say I love TurboTax as they walk you through every form and piece of information you need for your situation.

The audit? Well, not much I can do there if we do get chosen, so I have to go on with life and deal with it if it happens.

Being able to put a positive spin on your stressful situation works best after you have utilized your stress relief outlet, so take a break and then come back to the stress.  And good luck to everyone with their tax season stress this year.

The 5 Rules Of Recovery Following A Hair Transplant

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Nowadays hair loss is quickly becoming a thing of the past thanks to the borderline miraculous innovations in the field of cosmetics. Hair transplant for women who are suffering from different forms of alopecia or in the wake of an accident is a fairly common procedure that’s evolving at a quick pace. While it still cannot be considered cheap, there are numerous ladies who opt for this treatment in order to regain their beautiful mane along with their confidence and youthful appearance. However, there are certain rules that most be abided in the post-operatory phase. Let’s elaborate.

Bring an adjustable-size cap with you

You will need this for two main reasons. First of all, the new grafts are highly noticeable and you probably don’t want every Tom, Dick and Harry know you got a hair transplant. Secondly and most importantly, you need to protect the yet vulnerable grafts from damage and/or potential airborne infections.

Stick to the medication prescribed by the physician

Steroids and pain meds are often prescribed following the transplant in order to downsize swelling and alleviate bothersome local sensations. Stick to them and you will be fine.

Don’t temper with the follicles for 48+ hours

However tempted you might be to wash or style your luscious mane, you should allow the grafts to be absorbed for at least 2 days. On a side note, while you will be allowed to wash your hair after that, do it in a gentle fashion and don’t utilize a blow drier for about two-three weeks.

Refrain from touching the scabs – seriously don’t do it!

Few people can proudly say that they’re not tempted to pick the scabs, irrespective of where it forms on their body. In this case, it is particularly important to exercise patience and let the scab fall off on its own so you don’t damage the graft or the root of the implanted follicle.

Let the physician who performed the surgery remove the stitches

The stitches generally come off after 10-12 days following the hair transplant. Again, the DIY method is not recommended so take the trip to the physician’s office and let the trained professional do his job.

Eating Your Daily Junk: A Primer on Trans Fats

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We hear the word “fat”, and an avalanche of negative images flow to mind, such as jumbo triple-decker burgers, black forest chocolate cakes, rainbow-colored donuts, or images of fat cells making their homes in our midsections (heck, you’re looking at yours right now).

Okay, so the first three items may not be so negative from a culinary point of view. Still, from a health and wellness sense, they are the prototypical stuff of our lifestyles that we know contribute fat to our diets. And a lot of unhealthy ones at that.

A partially-hydrogenated trans fatty acid molecule showingcarbon bonds and melded hydrogen atoms.

Most of these are processed foods which are made to last longer by infusing them with “trans fats”. Trans fats come from the fat family which we consume everyday. Other members of this family include:

Monounsaturated fats – at room temperature, these fats are liquid but get hard when cooled down to lower temperatures. When absorbed by the body, monounsaturated fats decrease low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which is bad for our body and healthy lifestyles. They also help maintain healthy levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, which helps unclog our arteries. Avocados, canola oil, and most kinds of nuts offer monounsaturated fats for our bodies.

Polyunsaturated fats – like its monounsaturated cousin, polyunsaturated fats remain liquid at room temperature. It also has the same effects, although too much of these fats will also lower good cholesterol in the body. Soybean oils, sesame, corn and safflower oils are full of these fats.

Omega-3 fatty acids – these fats help in preventing various heart diseases and bolster our immune systems. Our bodies do not produce omega-3 fats, so we have to get these from other food sources, such as salmon and other deep-water fish, walnuts, and soy beans.

Saturated Fats – they are natural fats found in animal products like dairy products and meat. Coconuts and palm oil also have them. Unlike its unsaturated counterparts, these fats have a high melting point and are solid at room temperature. Saturated fats raise bad cholesterol levels, leading to clogging of the arteries.

In contrast to the aforementioned fats, trans fats, or trans fatty acids, are not by any means “natural”. They are made when regular soluble fats (most often in liquid form) are deep-packed with hydrogen atoms. Trans fatty acids have great commercial benefits: they increase the shelf life of food products; they strengthen and solidify food, making them easy to handle; and trans fats increase the texture quality of food, making them palatable and more delicious.

That is why French fries taste so good, cake frosting melts lusciously in our mouths, and pastries make us come back for more. We owe our great culinary experiences to trans fats.

Sources of trans fatty acids for Americans.

What’s so harmful about transfats to a healthy lifestyle?

In the past, trans fats was a miracle substance for food manufacturers and distribution outfits, because of the benefits it gives in food preservation. They were even thought to be healthier than saturated fats.

Nowadays, research has proven that trans fats are even more harmful than saturated fats. While the saturated ones decrease bad cholesterol only, hydrogenated oils lower both bad AND good cholesterol levels in your body. Basically, the more solid the oils, the greater the chances of clogging your arteries.

Additionally, hydrogenated fats raise the triglyceride levels in the blood, which contributes to more chances of heart disease.

When shopping for food items, it would be best to check the nutritional information at the back of products and look for label that says “non-hydrogenated” or “trans fat-free”. More and more companies (especially fast food establishments), are switching to alternatives to hydrogenated oil. Include in your health diets those trans fat free products. Or, to make it less confusing on your health diets program, switch to organic produce to cook your food.

Back Pain Relief Products that Actually Work

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Being Dependent on Alcohol Is No Way to Live

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In recent years, the number of people who are chemically dependent has been on a steady rise. People are faced with more pressures in their everyday life. Along with these added pressures, they have greater access to addictive substances like alcohol, illicit drugs, and powerful prescription drugs. While many people start taking part in these risky behaviours on a recreational basis, people can suddenly find that they are craving the high or altered reality that these drugs give them.

Alcohol Addiction is a Serious Problem

Alcoholism is a serious problem for millions of people worldwide. Back in the late 1980s and 1990s, there were not a lot of choices for drinkers. People could choose from beer, wine, hard liquor, and mixed drinks. Since the beginning of the 2000’s many alcoholic beverages and alco-pops have been introduced into the market, making it easier and tastier for younger people to get addicted. Drinking disorders like binge drinking, everyday use, and mixing powerful drugs with drinking have made residential rehab centres a popular option for people who need to change their lifestyle.

When Rehab Is in Order

Sometimes it can be difficult to determine when rehab is in order. Many people are functional alcoholics, meaning they are still productive, hold down a job and are still able to care for their family. Signs that it might be time to seek professional help for an alcohol addiction include blackouts, run-ins with the law like a DUI, a public intoxication charge, an arrest stemming from domestic violence while under the influence, being late or missing work due to a hangover or any other event that negatively impacts your life due to your use of alcohol. If you can stop drinking, chances are all of these negative events will stop happening.

Detoxification Is Step One

The most difficult part of coming down from an alcohol addiction is the detoxification period. People who have been drinking daily for an extended period of time should never attempt to detoxify themselves without the supervision of a doctor. Doing so could result in seizures or even death. A licensed rehab centre that offers residential treatment is the safest way to assure that your condition is monitored while you come down from daily alcohol use. In the event that you require medical treatment, someone is on staff to tend to your medical needs. Trained staff members are standing by to help you get through the most difficult phase of recovery. Once you have progressed past this part of your treatment, you will learn healthier ways of dealing with stress or other trigger points that set you to drink. After finishing an In-Patient treatment, many people dedicate themselves to joining support groups so they remain sober and to inspire others that are going through the same challenges. While everyone’s story is not the same, living a sober life is a common goal of everyone in the group. By supporting each other, everyone has a better chance of succeeding.