Woman’s anxiety disorder forced her to remain indoors for 2 years

Woman’s anxiety disorder forced her to remain indoors for 2 years

One of the lesser known and most misunderstood anxiety disorders is agoraphobia, characterized by fear and avoidance of public places. The person may feel trapped and helpless being in open, enclosed or crowded spaces, and can experience a panic attack. A former teaching assistant, Abby Lewis (22) from Newcastle, has revealed her struggles with the condition that has forced her to remain confined to her home since two years. She recently admitted that while the whole world celebrated Christmas with full fervor and gaiety, she remained at home. “This is the third Christmas I’ve been stuck at home and haven’t been able to celebrate like I used to. It’s literally my favorite time of year,” she said. Read more

People with anxiety disorders respond better to CBT, says study

People with anxiety disorders respond better to CBT, says study

People struggling with anxiety disorders can respond better to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) than to medications, a recent study suggested. According to the study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, CBT is more effective in helping people with anxiety having high baseline error-related negativity (ERN) as compared to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) medications. ERN is an electrical brain signal (measured with an electroencephalogram) that occurs when an individual commits a behavioral error. Read more

‘I’m A Celebrity 2017’ campmates reveal their fears and phobias

‘I’m A Celebrity 2017’ campmates reveal their fears and phobias

Specific phobias, an extreme, irrational fear of something that poses little or no real danger, come in a variety of forms. Some common specific phobias include fear of closed-in places, height, insects, water, flying and injuries involving blood. Known to affect an estimated 19.2 million adult Americans, such fears are twice as common in women as men. Though usually avoided by those who dread such objects, specific phobias can affect one’s personal and professional life. Read more

Study finds link between OCD compulsions and physical sensations

Study finds link between OCD compulsions and physical sensations

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), characterized by intrusive thoughts, can lead to anxiety and a repetitive physical response. People afflicted with this disorder find it exceedingly difficult to control their anxiety or the strong urge to engage in some physical ritual. A recent study, published in the journal Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, established a link between the OCD-associated compulsions and the accompanying physical sensations. In the study, the authors asked the participants to answer a questionnaire to determine the strength of the sensory response, which could then be quantified. Read more