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Panic attack symptoms reach their peak after approximately 10 minutes, but the entire panic attack can endure for 20 to 30 minutes – rarely lasting more than 60 minutes. The symptoms are so extreme and intense that people who suffer from panic attacks live in constant fear that they will have another, which negatively impacts their quality of life over time.
So you’ve been in this relationship for a while. And nothing is inherently wrong with it. But you occasionally look at your partner and wonder if it could be more.
Movies can create the impression that when two people are in-love they should always be lost in each other’s gaze, smiling when they look at each other, or constantly in a state of “no, you hang up first”. Sex happens slowly in front of a fireplace while you, again, gaze deeply into each other’s eyes while the world turns to sepia. There’s also no mess to clean up because, apparently, when you’re in-love sex is pure and perfect and only comes in the heat of the utmost romance. And the most romantic story is, of course, where you have known each other for years and just never knew you were ‘meant for each other’ the whole time…
It’s never easy to watch someone you love suffer. For people experiencing grief, help is often hard to find. Some people avoid grieving loved ones because they don’t know what to say or do. You don’t have to be an expert on grief to help, though. Simply reaching out is often all it takes to help a loved one weather the storm of mourning.
The journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research published a study on January 7, 2020 that analyzed the number of Americans who died from alcohol-related problems between 1999 and 2017. The researchers looked at death certificates for each year and found some concerning statistics. The number of alcohol-related deaths has increased 50.9% from 1999 to 2017. In 1999, 35,914 people died from an alcohol-related problem, while in 2017, 72,558 people died. Of the 2.8 million people that died in 2017, 2.6% of those deaths were because of alcohol.
Those of us diagnosed with depression will experience the darkness that comes with it, yet there are things we can do to shine a light into even the darkest of days. When it feels as if all our joy has been stripped away, we discover that we might have to work harder to create happiness and light in our lives. Let's talk about some simple ways to do that.
Many people with anxiety disorders have trouble sleeping. That's a problem. Too little sleep affects mood, contributing to irritability and sometimes depression. Vital functions occur during different stages of sleep that leave you feeling rested and energized or help you learn and forge memories. Sleep usually improves when an anxiety disorder is treated. Practicing good "sleep hygiene" helps, too. Here are some steps to take:
Comforting ourselves as we cope with depression is an important skill. While others may offer us comfort and want to help, they are often unable to truly do so. Only we understand our own needs for comfort completely, and we need to work towards being able to meet these needs. It's a process, though, so don't feel rushed.
I know what it’s like to have anxiety disrupt or take over your life. That’s why I chose to specialize in working with anxious women. From a very early age, feeling anxious was an everyday occurrence for me. I developed anxiety because I was abused as a young girl, and for much of my life I didn’t know what to do with those feelings.