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The feeling of unease experienced by a person, when faced with a perceived threat. (akin to nervousness and/or fear.) Anxiety encompasses a complex range of symptoms and triggers; ranging from a useful tool to protect the self or another, to the emotionally crippling effects of pathological anxiety.

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Should we suppress negative thought or not?

We are told one should not suppress negative thoughts. But a 2023 research by Cambridge says that it is beneficial to suppress negative thoughts (https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/suppressing-...
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What is the difference between chronic stress and anxiety?

The answers of this question, which are partly based on this website, explain that a prolonged stress is called anxiety. But that is also the definition of chronic stress. So what is the difference ...
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Why the concept of "nervous breakdown" has been discarded by psychologists?

Why the concept of "nervous breakdown" (in French crise de nerfs) has been discarded in the field of psychology (although some medicine and psychology researchers argue for its usefulness)? ...
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Are social anxiety disorder and selective mutism classified as communication disorders?

I've been trying to figure this out for a long time, but I don't understand much about classification of disorders and I feel uncertain after looking at the definitions. Based on what I've read, I ...
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Have psychologists recognized how some people feel more embarrassment?

Is there a personality subtype where it’s really common to feel embarrassed about one's past self, like cringing about something you said, wrote, or did some time ago? It may change over time, but I ...
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OCD or transgender? Or mix of them?

I had to study over recent years on layman level, whether OCD in general vs "transgender self-perception" (clinical definition of gender dysphoria?) are separate phenomena or they overlap. ...
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Understanding the difference between stress and anxiety with goal directed behaviour

I'm currently writing a paper and one of the points is about cognitive performance being impeded on in general anxiety disorder patients. The issue I have is that I found a great paper: The stressed ...
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Term for how anxiety makes people think abnormally?

For a paper I'm writing, I want to make a point about how anxiety changes the way people think - i.e., the same person in the same situation might think differently depending on whether or not they ...
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Can EXTREME distress push a person who already suffers from General Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder into a more severe mental condition?

I recently finished reading Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl which explores some of the psychological explanations behind surviving something as horrific as concentration camps. I would like ...
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How do anxiety disorders affect our brains on a neuro level?

I was specifically wondering about a) The effect on plasticity. Given that stress has been implicated to reduce plasticity, I assumed anxiety disorders would have a similar effect but the only paper I ...
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What causes fear of vaccines and how can it be alleviated?

My city opened the COVID vaccination calendar for adults and my mother (50+ years old) is included, but she is afraid of the vaccine and we don't know which one will be applied. What causes fear of ...
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Does yoga affect music?

I am currently studying for a bachelor's degree in psychology, as part of the degree, I was asked to conduct a study during which I will examine the interaction effect of yoga and music and their ...
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Can we over sensitise people

Is there evidence that "over sensitivising" an indvidual (eg adolescent) makes them less resilient? So to explain, if we ask an individual repeatedly how they feel and if they have been ...
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High blood pressure can lead to anxiety?

I know that anxiety leads to high blood pressure due to elevations of adrenaline. It also can also increase cortisol levels which as the Mayo Clinic points out: curbs functions that would be ...
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Is there a benefit for humans to lose memory access when under elongated periods of stress?

Long term anxiety causes memory loss. Sources: https://www.calmclinic.com/anxiety/signs/memory-loss and https://now.uiowa.edu/2014/06/stress-hormone-linked-short-term-memory-loss-we-age Are there ...
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Why don't SNRIs cause anxiety?

If anxiety is caused by overactive noradrenergic neurons, then why are SNRIs effective at mitigating and controlling the attacks? Shouldn't the extra norepinepherine, now sitting around in the ...
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Emotional Calculator; How can I mathematically show a decrease in anxiety using an emotional equation?

Disclaimer- I had asked this question in the Math stack exchange, but was encouraged to ask it here. I'm working on creating an emotional calculator of sorts, for personal use, wherein, whenever I am ...
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why we failed to convince our own mind by reasoning and rational arguments over mental illness like depression, anxiety, phobia?

For example, one of my friend has fear of heights, even if there is a strong glass window and no reason for him to fall off. He is even aware and admits his fear is irrational. Many may say it’s in ...
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Does selfishness increase in periods of extreme anxiety

Does an individual going through a period of extreme anxiety, show increased levels of selfishness during that period ? When this period ends, does the individual returns back to normal levels of ...
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Is there a mental health disorder related to a harmful lack of anxiety and stress?

Ataraxia is the freedom from distress or worry in ancient Greek philosophy. However, emotions play a vital role in motivation and decision making. Many disorders relate to having excessive emotional ...
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An Example of Negative Reinforcement?

In trying to understand the origins of test anxiety, a thought came up. Consider an individual who has in the past performed badly in university assessment tasks. In an attempt to do better ...
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Why are we generating wrong ideas in the first place?

In CBT they tell you to challenge automatic thoughts. So say someone doesn't say hello to you, then you think he doesn't like me. CBT says to challenge this and maybe you realize that he didn't see ...
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Detecting trauma with EEG?

My parent went to a Psychologist because of anxiety and panic attacks. Nicely i knew that she uses EEG for diagnostics. So he went to see her, but he told me that during the EEG she asked him for 2 ...
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Is 'your mom will be sad' actually a good argument to pose to someone thinking of committing suicide?

I often come across people pointing out that the close relatives of someone who is thinking about committing suicide will grieve, as an argument against doing it. However, I've noticed that it is ...
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What is the medical term for semi-mindless activities to help reduce anxiety? ... such as gardening, mowing, cleaning... perhaps driving

What is the medical term for semi-mindless activities to help reduce anxiety? ... such as gardening, mowing, cleaning... perhaps driving. I recall that, maybe, the word asynchronous was part of the ...
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What determines whether sensitization or desensitization occurs?

I am familiar with desensitization. For example, if you are afraid of driving, driving every day will eventually reduce your fear, desensitizing you. But today I came across another concept, that of ...
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Cognitive Behavior Therapy intensive in home clinical and therapeutic services model [closed]

I am looking for any information that shows the number of hours of CBT per week a child with autism, anxiety, and ADHD should be receiving. Mostly looking for a range. Prefer in NJ but will review ...
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Correlation between anxiety disorders and PTSD

The mega study on the genetic correlations of psychiatric (and neurological) disorders published in Science this summer has one interesting non-correlation: between anxiety disorders and PTSD. Are ...
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Is there a term for the desire to maintain a level of anxiety?

As a war veteran who has/had PTSD, I've noticed in myself a desire to maintain a level of anxiety and stress closer to what I was used to. You've probably also heard/seen this type of behavior from ...
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Is there evidence for people being afraid of something they cannot pinpoint?

A recent question here has highlighted a fairly common cliché in entertainment: a purported inability to identify/pinpoint the source of one's fears or anxiety. In psychology there's an somewhat ...
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Use of Botulinum toxin A (botox) to treat depression and its effect on fight/flight repsonse

Over in Health.SE, @faustus provided a couple of references to papers which suggest the use of Botulinum toxin A (BTA) - otherwise known as botox - to treat depression — Magid, et al. (2015a) and ...
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Uses of the Brief Anxiety Scale

I am currently completing my undergraduate research thesis on self-affirmations measured with anxiety. I am trying to see if the self-affirmation task reduces anxiety after. I found the Brief Anxiety ...
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Why does anxiety medication work?

It seems really odd to me that anxiety medication can work, because I can't understand how a medication can alter a feeling. My understanding is that the idea of anxiety medication is to alter ...
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Diagnosis for consistently preceiving mild displeasure as personal threats?

I'm aware the site does not accept self-help questions, but I think this one can be answered in a situation-independent way. So Is it possible for someone to exaggerate mild displeasure (justfiable ...
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physical symptoms of anxiety

Are all the physical symptoms of anxiety caused by adrenaline. By physical symptoms I mean the muscle tension chest tightness and high blood pressure. I guess if thats true then anxiety and anger are ...
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How to counteract the deterioration of speech in stutterers by targeting sympathetic arousal?

I am quoting a good overview from a Quora member about the reasons why people stutter when exposed to stress: ...The underlying physiological basis of why stress provokes stuttering has been ...
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Is a more specific breathing technique better than just slow, deep breathing for calming oneself?

We're told by a Big Think Mind Hack video (carried by some tabloids) that 1:2 inhale:exhale breathing technique is better than just slow, deep breathing for calming yourself. Is there systematic ...
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Lowering people's serotonin levels does not change their mood?

I'm starting to pick off sub-topics from this omnibus question, which I think it's too broad to answer properly/directly in the SE format. So, let's start with one of the claims there: Lowering ...
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Cortisol in Generalized Anxiety Disorder: is there a consensus?

I've seen some recent papers that find elevated cortisol in GAD patients, particularly in older ones, and that SSRI medication lowers cortisol in such GAD patients. However I also found an older study ...
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Physiologically speaking is anxiety and adrenaline the same?

I am wondering from a physiological perspective what is anxiety. From my experience anxiety feels like muscle tension and lots of suppressed energy. For what I know the only thing that can make the ...
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Is stimming only limited to people with autism or other disabilities or do neurotypical people stim as well? Is stimming always a symptom? [closed]

I've been diagnosed with anxiety. I tend to do certain things when I'm nervous or stressed. Like tap my foot. Just two years ago, I've started biting myself when I think of stressful situations or ...
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Psilocybin for treatment of anxiety disorder

Has psilocybin been used for treatment of anxiety disorder? I've mostly found it used in the treatment of depression in patients diagnosed with cancer (Nichols et al. 2017) and patients not diagnosed ...
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How do brain zaps occur?

I've recently witnessed someone undergoing brain zaps and subsequent panic attacks after having stopped their SSRI medication and 48 hours partying with heavy boozing and no sleep. Having reviewed ...
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Anorexia nervosa as an anxiety management tool

Talking to people with anorexia nervosa, I noticed that some of them have actually much bigger problems than their aforementioned condition. In some cases it looked as if the person was spending ...
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Is fear of darker skinned people a shared psychological maladaptation brought on by subconscious childhood Achluophobia?

Let me be clear that my intentions here are peaceful in light of recent race relation issues in the United States; I want to bring this issue to the forefront, because fear of dark skinned people is ...
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Can Prozac cause anxiety?

I know some selective serotonin inhibitors, such as Prozac, are prescribed for anxiety, but can they also cause anxiety?
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Severe depression/anxiety can't be treated with CBT

Is there any evidence that supports the idea that a severe depression/anxiety can't be treated with CBT? Since, it's in severe state, and one has to use anti-depressants to lower the level, and then ...
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How to help relieve test-anxiety in others

I teach, as a layman, young adult students who mostly try to get a degree part-time whilst juggling full-time jobs and small crumbs of left-overs of a private life. As it is hard for them to do rock-...
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Perfectionism, and approval addiction: how are these two generated from a trauma?

Depression and anxiety most of the time stem from a past trauma, but it is actually not the events, but the thoughts that create the symptoms of depression and anxiety. Out of those thoughts, ...
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Is there anything called genetic anxiety?

We inherit a lot from our ancestors, but how much of the term genetic anxiety is real? And if it is real, can it be cured similarly to how anxiety is treated (CBT, Exposure Therapy) or it requires ...
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