Anxiety Shorts: Panic!

If you have ever experienced a panic attack, you will know how scary the symptoms can be. Suddenly, out of nowhere, your heart is beating out of your chest, you can’t catch your breath, you get dizzy, nauseous, sweaty, and you may be scared you’re having a heart attack or dying. Quite commonly, people having […]

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Anxiety Shorts: Habituation

Have you ever been in a situation where it seemed scary at first, but got easier over time? That’s called “habituation.” I’m sitting on the bus, and my phone starts ringing. My wife is calling. I used to just ignore it and text: “I’m on the bus, what’s up?” I didn’t like picking up the […]

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Anxiety Shorts: The Pink Elephant Problem

A very common action people struggling with anxiety face, is trying to NOT think about bad things happening. This is also very common in sports. I remember many rounds of golf where I would be playing well and then standing over a shot thinking, “Don’t hit it into the tree, don’t hit it into the […]

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Anxiety Shorts: The Potential Pitfalls of Benzodiazepines

There is a class of drug called benzodiazepines, but they are commonly referred to as “benzos.” They are a very effective and rapid acting anti-anxiety pill. However, the research shows you should try to avoid using them in anxiety treatment. An example of a benzo is called Xanax. They are often used in treatment for […]

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Anxiety Shorts: The Problem With Using Relaxation During Anxiety Treatment

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for anxiety disorders often includes a component of relaxation, yet the key ingredient is without a doubt the exposure therapy part. What Is Exposure Therapy? Exposure therapy does not just deal with facing your fears. It’s much more nuanced than that. Exposure therapy is a systematic way of helping a person learn […]

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Anxiety Shorts: Why Do I Faint When When I See Blood?

As a kid, I remember being scared of needles. It all started when I was at school waiting to receive what I think was my tuberculosis injection. We were all lined up outside, and the older kids were having their injections first. They would then walk past us talking loudly about how they, “felt the […]

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