Anxiety Essential Reads

10 Things to Try When You’re Feeling Lonely

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on December 07, 2016 in Turning Straw Into Gold
Anyone can feel the pain of loneliness. Here are ten ways to ease the pain of loneliness.

Does Anyone Know The Future?

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on December 07, 2016 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
You or I, after sending a bowling ball half way down the alley, might have a pretty good idea what will result. Ramakrishna Sarathy had an ability to do that with people.

New Research Reveals Neural Roots of Social Anxiety

People with social anxiety disorder have an extreme fear of new social objects or situations. New neuroscience research shows how observational learning plays into this fear.

3 Things Most People Get Wrong About OCD

By Linda Esposito LCSW on December 06, 2016 in From Anxiety to Zen
The bizarre, random and irrational thoughts and behaviors are not that important when treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Here's what is.

8 Things to Do If You're the Target of Hurtful Gossip

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on December 05, 2016 in Feeling It
When it comes to being the target of negative gossip, you can make yourself resilient and avoid letting it get the best of you.

Post-Election Vertigo

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on December 03, 2016 in Side Effects
What the feeling of dislocation can teach us about these unsettling times.

Terrorism Anxiety Is Fueling Global Waves of Nationalism

By Bobby Azarian Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Mind In The Machine
Is anxiety over existential threat making people aggressive toward out-group members? Brexit and the presidency win of Donald Trump are part of a larger pattern that will continue.

Amish Asthma Rates Offer Clues to Preventing Mental Illness

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
New evidence that healthy bodies promote healthy minds

Social Anxiety: A Single-Session Cure

My patient never returned. Her father called four days later, delighted to report that I had “worked a miracle.” Yet I see what happened as a failure on my part.

Anxious About Hate Crimes?

By Patty Chang Anker on November 28, 2016 in Some Nerve
Hate crimes are in the news, minorities feel vulnerable and friends feel powerless to help. Here are 5 ways we can meet bias incidents head on.

Stress Can Do This Strangely Positive Thing to You

By Ian H. Robertson Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in The Stress Test
Is there an upside to stress?

Are Colleges Really Overreacting?

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on November 22, 2016 in More Than Mortal
Many colleges are not overreacting to post-election concerns. They are simply making sure students are aware of and have access to important mental health services.

In What Ways Do Socially Anxious Adults Suffer?

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on November 22, 2016 in Curious?
New research on touch as a neglected emotional experience that offers insights into the difficulties of individuals suffering from social anxiety problems.
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The Impostor Syndrome and How To Handle It

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in Adaptation
Do you ever feel like a poser and that you just don't belong? Here are 3 simple and easily actionable tips for overcoming the "imposter syndrome."

Holiday Help for Emotional Overeaters

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on November 21, 2016 in Cravings
Holiday anxiety creeping up? Don't let it trigger you to overeat.

Extermination of Pests—and Horror

By Jeffrey Lockwood Ph.D. on November 17, 2016 in The Infested Mind
Who you gonna call? When your house (or mind) is crawling with insects might be time to call in a professional. But why isn’t the pest control operator as creeped out as you?

The Deadly Inappropriate Smile

Why is the look on his face so disturbing? Why is she smiling while her political opponent attacks her? Is a condescending smile abusive behavior? Is a killer smile at work legal?
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In These Times, Our Greatest Enemy Is Our Need for Certainty

By Allison Carmen on November 15, 2016 in The Gift of Maybe
Have you been extremely fearful and worried since the Presidential Election? Maybe embracing uncertainty will give you the hope you need to find strength and resilience.
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The 10 Most Common Questions About Grief and Loss

By Kristin Meekhof on November 13, 2016 in A Widow's Guide to Healing
Ever wonder what is on the minds of the bereaved? These are 10 most frequently asked questions about grieving.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Trump

By Ben Michaelis Ph.D. on November 10, 2016 in The Creative Imperative
A few ways to manage post-election stress.

Unexpected News Media: Child-Based Election Discussions

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on November 09, 2016 in Screen Time
Aren't sure how to talk about the elections results with young children? New media processing themes may help.

Coming Out of the Mental Health Closet About My Anxiety

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on November 04, 2016 in Intentional Insights
I am coming out as a mentally ill college professor suffering from an anxiety disorder to help end the stigma around mental illness in academia

I’m Right, You’re Evil

Will this election ever end? And when it's over, who will we be?

Who's Afraid of GMOs?

Why do we vilify some companies but not others? Why do we fear products that have been shown to be safe but not products that have killed people?

The Bizarre Outbreak of Hallucinations in Oregon

By Robert Bartholomew Ph.D. on October 19, 2016 in It's Catching
A mysterious outbreak of hallucinations has U.S. authorities baffled.

Groundbreaking Study Roots Out Signs of Depression in Brain

By Christopher Bergland on October 18, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
This pioneering discovery could lead to more effective treatments for depression.

The Social Contagion of Psycho Clowns

By Kevin Bennett on October 17, 2016 in Modern Minds
Should you be taking "clown craze 2016" seriously? Social panic sets in as clowns run wild. Real or imagined?

Please Keep Your Emotional Support Iguana Off My Couch

By David J Ley Ph.D. on October 15, 2016 in Women Who Stray
Emotional support animals offer valuable assistance. But sometimes, therapists need to focus on helping people develop alternative strategies of soothing and anxiety-reduction.

Why Clowns Creep Us Out

By Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D. on October 14, 2016 in Out of the Ooze
Clowns are mischievous and unpredictable, and are associated with serial killers in real life and in the movies. In other words, clowns are designed to creep us out.

Gaining Happiness by Losing Yourself

By Marc Wittmann Ph.D. on October 09, 2016 in Sense of Time
A novel scientific perspective on happiness and a potential to treat mental disorders.