Diagnosing anxiety can sometimes be difficult because the manifestation of symptoms such as shortness of breath, tingling in your hands and feet and heart palpitations can also be symptoms of physical conditions. If you visit the doctor´s office with the suspicion you have anxiety, you will probably be asked a lot of questions about your daily routine and habits.

The doctor will use this information to help diagnose you but you can use this information to help you figure out how to solve your anxiety problems.  Many anxiety conditions can be effectively dealt with without medication. 

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Our own self imposed pressure could be causing our anxiety. Encourage yourself, rather than berate yourself and reduce your anxiety and panic.

A lot of people have high expectations for themselves and when we fall short, as we are all bound to do, we beat ourselves up about it and are extra hard on ourselves.  

Our world is full of overachievers and that can be good but it can also exact a tremendous toll on our mental health. No one is perfect, no one can do everything and no one can please everyone. 

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Eat slowly, don´t overeat and chew your food well. If you follow these three ideas your body will have an easier time digesting and utilizing your food intake successfully. Being kind to your metabolism will help keep your anxiety levels in check.

If you´re struggling with generalized anxiety, phobias or panic attacks, you need to find a solution fast!  Having these overwhelming fears surge over you can be extremely disturbing, disorienting and life altering.

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Stress can be a major contributor to an anxiety or panic condition or the trigger that will start anxiety disorders. For many people who have personalities that are predisposed to anxiety, stressful events or the accumulation of stressful events over a relatively short period of time can lead to anxiety symptoms.

As our economy becomes increasingly perilous, more and more people are struggling with anxiety. You are not alone! Millions of Americans are grappling with panic attacks, extreme anxiety and the negative effects of these conditions. The symptoms can be frightening and contribute to depression and more trouble with your job or family. 
 
To determine whether your stress load has become too much, think back over the past year or two of your life. Think about the events or changes in your life that may have contributed to your stress level. Individual events or changes may not have been overwhelming by themselves but when they are coupled with other events, the cumulative effect may be major.  

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Overcoming panic attacks, generalized anxiety and phobias can seem daunting. These fears have become an ingrained part of you, but you can work to overcome them. All it takes is three steps. 

There are three things to remember when dealing with any kind of anxiety, phobia or panic attack problem.

1. You need to educate yourself about the physiological and psychological effects your anxiety problem is having on you.

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Phobias are created by our anxious minds in reaction to bad experiences in certain situations.  They are manufactured fears that can be undone through desensitization.   

Phobias are terrifying and confining. In the worst cases you become a prisoner in your own home, in most cases you dramatically alter your day to avoid that which you fear.

Phobias can affect your work performance, your family life, your friendships and overall happiness in dramatic ways. Some phobia sufferers open their eyes one day and realize that they are friendless, their career is in shambles, and they are cut off from their family.

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Someone in your family, a close fiend, or a co-worker is probably suffering from panic attacks or generalized anxiety and you may not even realize it. Whether you know of or suspect someone you know has this condition, you should educate yourself and be ready to provide support and encouragement, not judgment. 

You may or may not have realized it but there are countless people around you who suffer from panic attacks and horribly debilitating anxiety problems. It is often a source of extreme embarrassment and humiliation and it leaves many people unable or unwilling to talk about their problems even with family and close friends.

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Generalized anxiety and panic attacks can make your life miserable. It can alter your career path, affect your friendships and lower your self esteem. Don´t let what happened to Violet, happen to you.

Violet had always had stage fright, that´s why she was never in the theater club at school and why she always avoided giving presentations in class. She couldn´t help herself; she just got nervous and froze when she had to speak in front of people.

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Finding your relaxation method is a building block towards conquering your anxiety, panic, fear and depression. Finding what works best for you is far more important than settling on any particular technique. 

If you want to overcome anxiety of any sort, you need to find a way to relax. This is a foundational building block of any method or strategy utilized to overcome anxiety or panic attacks

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Your anxiety, panic attacks, stress and depression will all benefit from a more relaxed mind. Deep relaxation isn´t easy to achieve but it is a necessity.

So many coping strategies for anxiety, panic attacks and depression rely on the ability of the sufferer to achieve a sense of relaxation. When you are relaxed your heart rate slows, your breathing slows, your blood pressure drops and your muscle tension eases. 

These are all the direct opposite effects of what you experience during a panic attack or anxious moment. The ability to counteract your body´s panicked tendencies will help you confront, overcome and resolve your fears. But you can´t deal with your problem if you can´t get your body and mind into a relaxed state. 

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