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Fight, Flight, Freeze, and Fawn Are all Stress Responses—Here’s What

Psychologists Say Each Means

Let’s say that you’re in a work meeting and one of your coworkers says something that makes you highly uncomfortable. You go over your options for how to respond: You could interject and risk having an altercation, leave the meeting, say nothing, or do something to feel like part of the in-group. Each of these respective behaviors reflects one of the four common stress responses, fight, flight, freeze, and fawn.

Common Cognitive Distortions & How to Combat Them

Cognitive distortions are irrational ways of thinking that aren’t helpful. Everyone has them from time to time, but when they become excessive, they can cause distress or negatively impact your quality of life. They can also lead to maladaptive behaviors and increase your risk for mental health disorders like depression.

Why Is Addiction a Disease?

Often, an addictive disorder may be referred to as a habit, compulsion, or dependency on a particular substance or action. However, the American Medical Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine classify addiction as a disease.1 Clinical understanding of addiction continues to improve as the stigma surrounding these behaviors is addressed.

How Panic Disorder Is Treated

Panic disorder is a mental health condition that causes repeated episodes of intense fear called panic attacks. Although the disorder is not life-threatening, it can interfere with the quality of your life. Treatment can help you manage the symptoms of panic disorder.

What Is Major Depressive Disorder?

While everyone tends to feel sad or low from time to time, feeling that way for weeks or months at a time could mean you have depression.

Common Questions Do I really need counseling? I can usually handle my problems.

Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, counseling is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you are in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking counseling. Counseling provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.

How to Help Someone Through a Panic Attack

Panic attacks are short periods of intense fear or discomfort characterized by feelings of dread and fear and physical symptoms like shaking, sweating, chest pain, and difficulty breathing.1 Panic attacks can be scary, especially if you aren't familiar with them.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Depression

How do you talk to your kids about depression? That will depend on a few different factors. First, you need to know the reason for the discussion. Are you looking to share information in general, tell them about your own struggle with depression, or talk to them about whether they have depression? This will guide what you do.

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