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Post-natal depression and anxiety (or non-psychotic depression)

Post-natal depression and anxiety (or non-psychotic depression) Symptoms constituting illness must be distinguished from ‘normal’ reactions to the multiple physiological, psychological and social stresses accompanying the arrival of a baby. A new mother is almost inevitably exhausted, preoccupied with and concerned about herself and the baby, and may be overwhelmed at times with worries about […]

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Depression and anxiety are associated with self-destructive behaviors

Self-Destructive Behaviors Depression and anxiety are also associated with self-destructive behaviors— alcohol or other drug abuse; disordered eating; excessive gambling or spending; Internet, television, or video-game abuse; self-cutting; or self-destructive sexual activity. Th ough momentarily exciting or soothing, such behaviors ultimately dig a deeper hole of suff ering. As with avoidance, treating selfdestructive behaviors begins […]

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depression and anxiety symptoms treatment

depression and anxiety symptoms treatment Every problem area in this volume is intertwined with every other, and nowhere are the mutual involvements more evident than with depression and anxiety. Students who are depressed or anxious are sure to struggle elsewhere— in their studies, in relationships, and with eating and substance use. In turn, problems in […]

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Anti-Anxiety and Sedative/Sleep Medicines

Anti-Anxiety and Sedative/Sleep Medicines Although the antidepressants are quite eff ective in the management of chronic and long-term anxiety, they do not help immediately. In contrast, the antianxiety medications, which consist primarily of the benzodiazepine compounds such as Valium, Librium, Ativan, and Xanax, are eff ective soon aft er a single dose is taken. Th […]

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how do benzodiazepines reduce anxiety

how do benzodiazepines reduce anxiety A doctor may prescribe benzodiazepines for the short-term where anxiety is complicated by other mental health problems or physical illness. Also they can be used for the control of intensely disturbed behaviour, as they are rapidly sedative when given by injection. Many carers of people with epilepsy will know that […]

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HOW DO BETA-BLOCKERS WORK FOR ANXIETY? When we are anxious, our brain becomes more active and alert. Our brain may then make more of the chemicals called noradrenaline and adrenaline. These will then cause our body to have a faster heart rate, shake, sweat etc. and make us feel more anxious. Beta-blockers reduce the effect […]

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Biological interventions for anxiety

Biological interventions for anxiety For mild anxiety psychological interventions such as psychotherapy or relaxation training are usually the best. Anxiolytics are medicines for reducing anxiety. These include beta-blockers and benzodiazepines. Beta-blockers can be used to help treat the biological symptoms of anxiety, e.g. palpitations, sweating, shakiness etc. They are usually used to help heart conditions […]

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what help anxiety attacks

 what help anxiety attacks? Remind the person to relax or occupy him or herself with a pre-agreed activity that helps them to unwind  Encourage the person to use relaxation methods daily to reduce tension (e.g. relaxation or yoga classes). Regular physical exercise is often helpful  Advise the person you care for to […]

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generalized anxiety disorder definition

generalized anxiety disorder definition This is sometimes referred to as free-floating anxiety, as it does not occur when the person is confronted with particular situations or threats. Someone with generalized anxiety disorder experiences long-lasting, uncontrollable worry and feelings of apprehension. Complaints such as pounding heart, nausea, chest pain, discomfort, restlessness, lump in the throat, insomnia […]

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anxiety disorders symptoms in adults

anxiety disorders symptoms in adults Anxiety is a physical and psychological reaction to something that is seen as threatening. Anxiety is a normal human reaction that in some cases can be beneficial. For example, when going to a job interview, feelings of anxiety can make a person more alert. However, when the feelings of anxiety […]

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