A new study suggests Fear of anxiety may push worriers into depression. The study was performed at Penn State. The study surveyed 94 volunteers (average age of 19) who were moderate to high worriers. The questionnaires assessed worry, generalized anxiety and depression.
NorthShore University HealthSystem reports, “the responses showed that anxiety sensitivity significantly predicted depression symptoms. The researchers also found that two of the four issues that comprise anxiety sensitivity — the “fear of cognitive dyscontrol” and the “fear of publically observable anxiety symptoms” — specifically predicted depression symptoms. The two other issues — the “fear of cardiovascular symptoms” and the “fear of respiratory symptoms” — weren’t significant predictors of depression”.
Andres Viana, a graduate student in psychology at Penn State said, “Those with anxiety sensitivity are afraid of their anxiety because their interpretation is that something catastrophic is going to happen when their anxious sensations arise.”
Several studies have linked anxiety sensitivity to depression, which suggests that treating anxiety sensitivity may help prevent and treat depression, Viana said
Experts at Duke University recommend meditation-like techniques to help subside and eliminate feelings of anxiety in children who are nervous about going back to school. Dr. Michelle Bailey, a pediatrician at Duke Integrative Medicine states,”We need to teach kids how to handle stress in a healthy way”. Additionally, utilizing meditative techniques can help children sleep better, reduce anxiety and stay focused.
Enochlophobia is the fear of crowds. Those who suffer from Enochlophobia will go out of their way to avoid places like malls, theaters, sporting arenas or any event that crowds would regular attend. According to Associated Content, A few things they fear will happen when around large crowds are:
-Being trampled to death
-Contracting a deadly virus
-Getting lost in a massive crowd of people
-They themselves feel small and insignificant when surrounded by so many people
Enochlophobia seems to affect women more than men, and can bring on panic attacks in certain situations, and is a form of social anxiety. Taking control of anxiety is key. According to NorthShore University Health System, more than 19 million Americans suffer from some type of anxiety disorder, but only a small portion of those people ever seek treatment despite the fact that effective treatments exists. If you think you suffer from an anxiety disorder, talk to your physician.
Anxiety disorders are continuing to become more and more commonly diagnosed by doctors in America as the Anxiety Disorders Association of American (AADA) reported that over 18% of the U.S. population in 2008 suffered from an anxiety disorder. The more freighting fact is that the New England Journal of Medicine reported that 1 in 5 U.S. children suffer from anxiety disorders, but often go undiagnosed or mistreated. Delay in diagnosis and treatment can lead to depression, substance abuse and poor academic performance throughout childhood and adulthood. While the common consensus in the medical world is that anxiety disorders are biological and must be treated with medication, a recent study by John Hopkins University revealed that he key to reducing anxiety symptoms in the children was to treat the entire family.
According to the CDC, insomnia, anxiety disorder and depression combined affect a third of the United States population as they are some the most common diagnosed neurological disorders. Recently, the question has been raised asking if there could be some sort of link between the disorders. According to a HealthDay News article published on June 8th U.S. researchers identified a potential link between anxiety and insomnia in adolescents.
Anxiety disorders affect more than 18% of Americans. One of the most negatively perceived and embarrassing anxiety disorders is Trichotillomania. Trichotillomania is an impulse control disorder characterized by the repeated urge to pull out body hair. Patients pull hair from all over their bodies; however, the most common places for patients to pull out hair from are their eyelashes, eyebrows and head. Usually, this chronic hair pulling results in either noticeable bald patches or complete baldness of the body. Trichotillomania is commonly lumped into the category of obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD), but while it exhibits many similar characteristics as an OCD, it is not an OCD. A recent trich.org article discusses the unique characteristics of Trichotillomania and offers one doctor’s unique treatment suggestions.