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Psilocybin for treatment of anxiety disorder

There has been some preliminary research in the 1960's. From "The neurobiology of psychedelic drugs: implications for the treatment of mood disorders" by Vollenweider and Kometer: ...
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What is Joan suffering from in this example?

I don't think you can rule out that she really is suffering from headaches and dizziness. Just because the doctors can't find a physiological cause doesn't mean that there isn't one.
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Are ADHD and OCD under some type of mental illness?

Different diagnostic systems may assign these syndromes to different categories based on theory or clinical opinion. In the DSM-IV era, OCD was listed under the "Anxiety disorders" category; however, ...
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Are ADHD and OCD under some type of mental illness?

ADHD is considered a neurodevelopmental disorder. Neurodevelopmental disorders are impairments of the growth and development of the brain or central nervous system. A narrower use of the term ...
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Why does marijuana cause anxiety?

Cannabis can cause an acute and short-lasting episode of anxiety, which often resembles a state of panic. When taken in high doses these effects can be intense and turn into attacks of panic and ...
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Can an extravert suffer from social anxiety disorder?

It's pretty difficult to imagine a person with Social Anxiety Disorder being an extrovert. The symptoms of SAD include [1]: Intense fear of interacting with strangers and of being judged ...
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How do brain zaps occur?

Here's the only speculation I could find about brain shivers aka brain zaps. Cortes JA, Radhakrishnan R. A Case of Amelioration of Venlafaxine-Discontinuation “Brain Shivers” With Atomoxetine The ...
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Severe depression/anxiety can't be treated with CBT

Yes, that is the consensus view among psychiatrists and clinical psychologists (e.g., Parker et al., 2012). A commonly referenced authoritative guideline for treatment of major depressive disorder is ...
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physical symptoms of anxiety

Short answer Yes, they are actually similar, and they can be thought as two extremes of the same continuum. Many studies (here's a review by Lang and McTeague)suggest that the psychophysiological ...
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What determines whether sensitization or desensitization occurs?

The terminology in this area can be a source of confusion because sensitization is not usually meant as the opposite of desensitization but of habituation. E.g., Blumstein (2016) People have ...
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What is the medical term for semi-mindless activities to help reduce anxiety? ... such as gardening, mowing, cleaning... perhaps driving

I have not been able to find any term, medical or non-medical, which includes the word asynchronous, but to add to the answer by @user20460 there is the non-medical term hobbies. Taking part in ...
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Is 'your mom will be sad' actually a good argument to pose to someone thinking of committing suicide?

As with many mental health concerns, the situation for each individual is unique and therefore what we do and how we deal with the concern is also unique. Nothing said in this answer is a hard and ...
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Is there a mental health disorder related to a harmful lack of anxiety and stress?

Sociopaths (people with Antisocial Personality Disorder) report lower levels of anxiety and stress than the general population. Psychopathic traits tend to foster resiliency and are protective against ...
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Physiologically speaking is anxiety and adrenaline the same?

Not quite the same, although there is some overlap. What's colloquially known as an "adrenaline rush" (e.g. what you'd experience in a roller coaster or more generally in a fight-or-flight ...
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Is there a term for the desire to maintain a level of anxiety?

With "normal" risk taking related to "thrill seekers" what you could be talking about can be Sensation Seeking (Zuckerman, 2007) Risky behavior can be an expression of a normal, genetically ...
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Uses of the Brief Anxiety Scale

Short Answer The Brief Anxiety Scale is one of many Pychometric Rating Scales (Tyrer, et al. 1984) used to assess necessary Routine Outcome Measures (BACP, 2016; Harmon et al., 2007; Lambert and ...
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How to counteract the deterioration of speech in stutterers by targeting sympathetic arousal?

The first line treatment for stuttering (I'm a stutterer myself) is speech therapy. Such therapies generally focus on helping stutterers to learn ways to minimize stuttering when they speak, such as ...
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Is there anything called genetic anxiety?

Predisposition to anxiety can be inherited: Genetics and family history (e.g., parental anxiety) may predispose an individual for an increased risk of an anxiety disorder, but generally external ...
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What is the medical term for semi-mindless activities to help reduce anxiety? ... such as gardening, mowing, cleaning... perhaps driving

I have read it mentioned as grounding- techniques or activities. Activities that pull you into the present, and, if possible, fulfill you by giving you the impression towards achieving a goal.
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An Example of Negative Reinforcement?

Based on the scenario you mentioned, it resembles more as Learned Helplessness or Self-Fulfilling prophecy than negative reinforcement. Learned Helplessness,is a belief that an individual could not ...
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Emotional Calculator; How can I mathematically show a decrease in anxiety using an emotional equation?

Attempting to reduce emotional responses to mathematics is likely in the realm of chaos theory. Here is a great Robert Sapolsky Stanford lecture on Chaos versus Reductionism. https://youtu.be/...
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What causes fear of vaccines and how can it be alleviated?

You ask a good question and I'm sure you're not the only one in a situation like this. Unfortunately, I don't think that anyone here could provide an exact answer for you, or anyone in a similar ...
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Term for how anxiety makes people think abnormally?

A general term is cognitive distortion: ... an exaggerated or irrational thought pattern involved in the onset or perpetuation of psychopathological states, such as depression and anxiety. Not sure ...
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How effective is cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders?

Frankly, I don't see how the meta-analysis of 70-something non-randomized studies from the self-accepted answer is such amazing evidence. On the other hand, there's a 2008 meta-analysis of just the ...
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Can a positive change result in positive stress?

It sounds like you're looking for the word "eustress" or "good stress". Which isn't exactly a label of stress, which as commented is negative, but a positive perception of stress. My favorite go to ...
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Anorexia nervosa as an anxiety management tool

If I'm understanding your question, you're wondering if anorexia nervosa is a symptom of other underlying problems in a person's life. This is a current theory being supported by "Mental disorders as ...
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How to help relieve test-anxiety in others

Being a layman, you can only give advice to the students. When their test anxiety is serious, the best advice you can give them is - seek professional help. There are, as you say, numerous ways to ...
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