Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorder is a blanket term covering a variety of mental abnormalities in which severe anxiety or fear is a prominent symptom. Anxiety disorder is separated into general anxiety, panic, and phobic disorder.

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What is subjective anxiety?

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Subjective anxiety refers to anxiety as described by the patient or sufferer. Anxiety (also called angst or worry) is a psychological and physiological state characterized by somatic, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral components. Anxiety can be experienced differently by different people. Symptoms vary in a wide range and can also be subjective.
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What foods raise serotonin levels?

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1 Food sources that help with serotonin production - foods high in B-vitamins (brown rice, chicken, corn ,eggs, green leafs, legumes, meat, nuts, peas, sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast), Calcium (almonds, brewer's yeast, green leafs and cruciferous vegetables, fish with bones, sesame seeds, tofu), Magnesium (green leafs, brown rice, sesame seeds, shrimp, salmon) and Tryptophan (turkey, soy foods, peanuts, almonds). 2 Essential fatty acids necessary for serotonin production are the omega 3's (fish oils found in mackerel, salmon, sardine, tuna; walnut oil, flax oil) and 6's (canola oil, chicken, eggs, flax, grape seed oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, turkey, wheat germ oil) as well as Gamma-Linolenic Acid (black current oil, bluegreen algae, borage oil, evening primrose oil). I've also read that most people have an excess of omega 6's and need to decrease the amount of 6's in their diet in order for the 3's to function well. I guess most of us are lacking in 3's. 3 Long-term stress depletes serotonin levels. Short term stress actually increases serotonin, but after time you get burn-out and it becomes increasingly difficult for the body to produce serotonin. So reduce stress--this can be as simple as adding exercise and meditation to the daily routine or as life changing as choosing to leave a really stressful job. 4-Avoid stimulants because they deplete serotonin over time--this works the same was stress does. We're talking things like caffeine, refined carbohydrates, chocolate, sugar as well as the heavier stimulants like cold remedies, alcohol, street drugs, diet pills and tobacco. Taken from Alpha Online A Division of Environmed Research Neurotransmitters Serotonin Serotonin is similar to catecholamines. It is made from the amino acid, tryptophan. Serotonin is converted to melatonin in the pineal gland. Tryptophan, derived from food, is transported to the brain to make the neurotransmitter serotonin. At the appropriate place inside a brain cell, two enzymes and vitamin B6 transform tryptophan to serotonin. Serotonin is then transferred to the sending end of the neuron (the terminal bouton of the axon), where it is used as a molecular messenger to carry information across the synapse to the receiving neuron. ... Serotonin production is sensitive to the supply of tryptophan in the diet. The effects of serotonin were first observed in the digestive tract where it causes contractions of the smooth muscle. Serotonin is released from blood platelets and elevates blood pressure. Serotonin circuits arise from the brain stem arousal complex and reach into all areas of the brain. Increased serotonin circuit activity tends to activate abnormal behaviors. Too little serotonin is associated with sleep disturbances, loss of appetite and depression. Some antidepressant drugs increase serotonin activity and these drugs tend to decrease appetite. Serotonin itself isn't in food. It's a neurotransmitter released into the synapse and bloodstream. However, certain foods cause serotonin to be released like candy, cereal and pasta. Anything with plenty of carbohydrates will increase serotonin levels. However, the effects won't last long, maybe only 2-3 hours. Please don't discount chocolate in an emergency , especially for women .I don't drink alcohol, but chocolate cheers me up niceely.
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What is the phobia name for fear of libraries?

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Its the same as the fear of books - Bibliophobia.
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What phobia is the fear of shopping carts?

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Gouwuchephobia is the fear of shopping carts. However, only one reference to this can be found on the web.
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What is the name for fear of emus?

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Currently, there is no official name for the fear of emus.
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What is another term for battle fatigue?

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Combat operational stress reaction (COSR) Shell Shock is the original term for 'battle fatigue'.
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What is the name of the fear for not being wanted?

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Autophobia is the fear of being alone and unwanted.
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What is it called when you are afraid of depths?

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Bathophobia. The Greek root, bathy, means deep.
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What are causes of neurosis?

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depression,stress,and angriness
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Is vasoconstriction a symptom of anxiety?

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If you have anxiety you might tend to overbreathe or hyperventilate this causes reduced cerebral blood flow espicially if no actual activity takes place. However its harmless yet unpleasant.
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Do abusers hit themselves?

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Yes, some can. These people are actually in great mental anguish and I've seen men put their fist through a window or bang their head on a wall. Some have hit walls with their fists so hard they have broken bones in their hand. Women who abuse are great throwers of objects; will cut themselves (superficial cuts) or even go so far as to cut their long hair in chunks. They will hit, slap, and bite if given half the chance, not to mention kick like a mule. Until these abusers get help (they usually will deny they need help) then it's best people stay away from them. Marcy
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What is the fear for being watched called?

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Fear of being watched is one of the symptoms of social phobia.
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How do you stop dry retching or panic attacks?

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I've been working on this for a little over three years.. So for me has not been easy however, has gotten Much better. It takes work. The harder you work the quicker you can control this in my opinion. See a shrink. I was very skeptical and very surprised how much better i felt almost instantly. Beware of the pill pushers because it is possible to go the natural route. I went a few times and just appreciated hearing that I was not alone in this. Read the books they recommend and just work on yourself. Its a little different than just reading random info on your own. Dont be ashamed- there are millions of us. Also if you are not comfortable seeing someone its still possible. Figure out why you have this. Look at your upbringing and where you got your thinking patterns and know that it is possible to change them.. Seems impossible sometimes but I promise it is. If you heard 100000 times that little things were the end of the world than you need to tell yourself 200000 times that everthing is going to be ok. Cheesy as it sounds it's all about conditioning. Does a particular activity or idea trigger your attacks? What do you get most nervous about? Simplify simplify simplify.. and do the work. Not only when you're having an attack, but right now. All this is much harder to focus on when you are freaking out. I feel your pain friend.
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What phobia is fear of a taxi?

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There is no fancy word for it, thus I'd just leave it at "taxiphobia".
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Can you claim incapacity benefit for ptsd?

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You would have to be examined by a qualified professional in order to be diagnosed with PTSD. With this diagnosis you may be referred to a psychiatrist who might prescribe medication or a psychologist who may have talk therapy sessiins with you or Biofeedback sessions where your mind and body has to be retrained to relax. I was diagnosed with PTSD after a bad car accident. I had to go through all of the things I just mentioned.
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What phobia is the fear of hose pipes?

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There does not appear to be a scientific term to describe a fear of hose pipes. If your fear begins to negatively affect your quality of life, or your happiness, then please consult with a doctor to help you to address you fear.
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What is hysteromania?

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It is the same as nymphomania.
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Is alektrophobia a fear of birds?

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No, ornithophobia is the fear of birds. Alektorophobia is the fear of chickens.