How To Not Panic When You’re Panicking: A Guide To Panic Disorder And How To Manage It



Suddenly your lunch is churning. A few minutes ago you felt fine, but now your stomach is a washing machine and you are scouring the exits for the nearest washroom. You feel a hot flush rise from your neck as your underarms are soaked in sweat. You look down and your hands are trembling. Your chest starts constricting and it feels like you can’t get enough oxygen in. “No… no… not again” you think. You look around, no one seems to notice the war going on inside you. They all look so calm, all put together and in control. “Not like me,” you think. You begin taking deeper and deeper breaths, trying to get the oxygen in and this just makes you dizzier. Someone notices you and says something like “Stop panicking…..Calm down”, but you couldn’t catch all of it, all you know is that you’re choking and it’s terrifying.…

When Your Child Just Can’t Stop Worrying: Generalized Anxiety Disorder In Children


You know the feeling…. anxiety…. we’ve all had it. The jittery nerves and sweaty palms you might get just before doing something challenging or new. Most of the time, we pluck up our courage and do these things anyway because we know that it will all be fine once we finish. What if we didn’t finish though? What if we were constantly in this horrible state of anxiety? On top of that, what if we didn’t understand what anxiety was? All that we knew was that we feel horrible all the time. Wouldn’t that be awful?…

Phobias And How To Conquer Them


Are you afraid of heights? Maybe small spaces? Or spiders? Perhaps, you are afraid of snakes or maybe even open water… When you come up against these types of things, it’s normal to feel frightened, anxious, jumpy, shaky, sweaty or even a little sick. You might even go as far as to refer to these fears as a “phobia”. Generally, though, they aren’t true phobias. The level of fear we experience towards such things (spiders, heights etc) is appropriate given the situation at the time. Most of the time, we are even able to push through this fear if we have to, whereas someone with a specific phobia can’t.…

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Reliving Your Worst Moment Every Day


Imagine going through something absolutely horrible like a disastrous car accident or being a witness to a natural disaster where people lost their lives. Often, such events test our fundamental belief – we are NOT that safe in this world. Due to this, it is quite normal to react with intense emotions like fear, disgust, anger, and sadness. It could also take some time to overcome these feelings. Normally, we are lucky that the human brain is quite resilient and with the support of people around us, we can generally overcome these feelings after a few weeks. For some people though, the event is so upsetting that they struggle to let go of it and are forced to relive the intense emotions it caused almost every day. This type of difficulty is known as post-traumatic stress disorder (or PTSD) which simply means experiencing prolonged stress and anxiety after a traumatic event.…

Experiencing Panic Attacks – What To Do?

Everyone experiences panic or distress every now and then. Some people are more distressed to speak in public. Some people are afraid of the dark. Some people experience panic attacks before job interviews. We all have specific reasons which can trigger the panic within us. It may be hard to understand or comprehend by ourselves so seeking out a therapist can be a good first move.…

Anxiety And Obsessive Compulsive Disorder On Kids


Did you know that mental disorders are more common than other illnesses like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease? In fact, according to World Health Organization (WHO), 450 million people worldwide suffer from mental disorders (1 in 4 people) but almost two-thirds of people with a known mental disorder do not look for professional help. Mental disorders affect both males and females but illnesses like eating disorders tend to affect females more. Other disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more common in children.

How To Help A Loved One With Anxiety And Depression


It is heartbreaking to see a loved one wither each day because of anxiety and depression. This disorder kills them and yet, they don’t know that it does – how it slowly destroys the once happy person within. It could be your child, spouse, sibling, parent, close relative or friend. Anxiety and depression can overcome anyone at any time without warning, to the point of sinking into vicious habits.

As someone who has to deal with a loved one who has anxiety and depression, it is very difficult. At times, you may feel like giving up because the anxious or depressed individual is way beyond consoling. You lift your arms up and say “I quit. I don’t think I can help you.” But that’s not true. There are so many ways that you can help your loved one feel better and assist him in coping with his disorder, whether by yourself or, in dire cases that your loved one got into alcohol or substance abuse, in getting help with addiction.…

Talk Your Way Through It


Do try to know what your teen has to say before you jump to conclusions or you end up having another round of angry words and probably say what you do not mean to say? Do not try to interrupt when your teen is saying his speech.

Teens are especially the hardest to talk to. They want to do their own way and do not want anybody to come their way. They are rebellious and stubborn which frustrates a lot of parents. Constant quarreling, vices, and wrong friends are just some of the things that you and your teen end up going through if you are not able to communicate well with them. If you are really struggling to understand your teenager or simply cannot communicate with them, it may be best to seek free online counseling for help and support.

The tips below are the things you can do to help communicate with them.

Whoever said that only parents are able to raise their teens? You can always ask for help if you find it hard to raise your teen. You can ask the teachers and the principal for help when it comes to school. You can ask your teen’s friend on how he is doing outside of school. Alternatively, you can seek online counseling.…

Speak Your Mind


Nobody ever wished to admit defeat, regardless whether if it’s shown on your face, bold and highlighted as a horrible reminder every time you glance in the mirror. It’s rather difficult to allow a person the chance of walking in your shoes when they seem to be double-knotted infinitely to your feet with the refusal of ever loosening. With each day there is the best of the best, and the worst of the worst and sometimes just stopping to wonder if there is anyone, anyone at all who fully and completely understands…well that is all it takes to break you down to pieces. You show a part of yourself you never even thought you held. Still, it never automatically skips to meaning defeat and there are many times that feeling of such overwhelm is misinterpreted. If you feel angry that no one understands you, you may be better to get help through online counseling.

No one is perfect, and no one will ever be, and the more lying about it to the world, the awareness of who you are, starts to slow. Perfection is a dream, not a reality. But noticing that everyone else around is just as imperfect is what should bring the smile upon your face. Pointless is pointless in itself. No one ever really wants to know it, for it’s when that feeling is felt that everything really is… pointless.…

How To Talk The Talk

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The Importance of Communicating With Your Child

From birth to the age of five, children form all sorts of new brain connections (called synapses) as a result of learned behavior. These formative years are crucial and parents are a big part of it. We give our children their first glimpses into the world of right and wrong, love and hate, body language, emotions and so much more. The parent-child relationship is one of the most influential relationships in a person’s life.

Even when you think they are not noticing you, they are watching and drinking it all in. We often forget this, which is why we are so surprised when teachers and other authority inform us of some of the behaviors of our child.

Five Ways to Start Conversations with Your Child

1. Bond over a shared activity – Young children are very visual learners. Choose an activity that not only teaches them something but also gives you time to actually communicate with one another. Consider cooking with your child one night a week or engaging in a hobby together.

2. Discuss family matters – It is not uncommon for parents to walk around the house as if they are the only two there. Kids can go unnoticed except for the fulfillment of their needs. Hold a family meeting and let everyone talk. Also, when they are old enough, talk about finances, household chores, and expectations.

3. Watch the news – Kids are concerned about what is going on around them too. They may have worries or questions. Watch a nightly news program which can then lead into discussing those concerns and answering their questions.…