Anxiety tries to be your friend in depression, but then it takes over. Learn to interrupt it! Read More
I have found it helpful to be aware of the physical manifestations of anxiety as well: shallow breathing, holding the breath, muscle tension in neck, back or shoulders, and so forth. I learned as a student of the Alexander Technique to pause before reacting to stimuli (whether from the outside or from my own thoughts), let go of my habitual physical responses, and redirect my energy more positively. I started this to deal with physical pain, but I discovered in the process that it enabled me to calm down my reaction to real and imagined worries, and thus to think more clearly about whether there was a problem, and if so, what to do about it.
Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health concerns in our society. They are often experienced as a complex set of emotional and functional challenges. Anxiety and depression are not the same, but they often occur together. It is not uncommon for people with depression to experience anxiety and people with anxiety to become depressed. There is also overlap in some of the treatments, so it is beneficial to learn about both conditions. Read to know more about the anxiety and depression at: http://bit.ly/1qmqH1O
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Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist in private practice and a popular public speaker. Her latest book is The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques.
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