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The Link Between Anxiety and Aging

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Senior man worryingWhile anxiety can be normal from time to time, there are more serious instances known as anxiety disorders.

Anxiety disorders affect approximately 40 million adults in America.[1] And while they are common at all ages, anxiety disorders affect geriatric patients more profoundly than their younger counterparts, and aging can have a significant effect on anxiety.[2]

Anxiety disorders in older adults can be triggered by the transition into aging that includes changes in health, memory, finances, relationships, and more. Additionally, the fear of aging itself, loneliness, becoming sick or hurt or passing away can be attributed to anxiety.

Anxiety disorders range from OCD to PTSD and may be linked to several risk factors in older adults. Let’s explore the different types of disorders and how age can affect the prevalence of each.
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The Negative Health Impact of Stress

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Stress is the breeding ground for many of the anxiety disorders. Unrelieved stress not only causes, but exacerbates anxiety disorders and physical problems, as well.

It is estimated that 75% to 90% of all doctors’ office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.

The following infographic details the negative effects of chronic stress. It is supplied by the Bulgarian section of the Study Medicine Europe website through the kindness of Aris Grigoriou.

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4 Reasons Why Social Media Feeds Anxiety

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Social Media IconsMany modern people can’t imagine their lives without popular social networking sites.

Ordinary internet users spend at least 142 minutes a day on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Today, social media is an essential tool for communication and entertainment. But the question is whether intensive usage of this wonderful “tool” harms mental health.

This article will discuss how social media feeds anxiety.
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What’s the Difference Between Healthy Fear and Phobia?

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Phobia - man scared of spiderThe basic definition of a phobia is an intense irrational fear. Meaning a fear that causes you distress when there is no logical reason you should be distressed.

Agoraphobia, social phobia, claustrophobia, and arachnophobia are the most common phobias people suffer from. However, a phobia isn’t limited to these particular categories.

A phobia can be an irrational fear of any object, place, animal, situation, or feeling. Really, the definition of phobia is broad. However, only a trained professional can diagnose a phobia. [7]
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10 Methods for Dealing with a Panic Attack

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Man having a panic attackThe New Harbinger Publications book ‘PsychSolve’ says that “by some estimates, approximately two million adults in the United States suffer with panic disorder each year.”

A panic attack will differ individually, but they are deeply unpleasant and, given that they can strike at any time under any circumstances, can be extremely debilitating.

Normal signs of a panic attack can include but are not limited to:

  • Overwhelming feelings of fear, dread and loss of control
  • Nausea and/or dizziness
  • Increased heartrate
  • Tight chest, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing
  • Changes in temperature

Recurring panic attacks could be a sign of a serious mental health issue and ought to be addressed by a psychiatrist or therapist.

But here is a list of suggestions that can help anyone who needs short term help with managing a panic attack.
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