Category Archives: Anxiety Disorders

Does pregnancy cause anxiety?

Pregnant women and their partners or couples wishing to conceive can experience several phases of anxiety. The first is that of contemplating pregnancy. Potential parents wonder if they are ready for the responsibilities ahead, also wondering if it might be easier to avoid that responsibility. Others might feel calmed by the prospect, as they might… Read More »

What if I am so lonely I feel I could die?

Loneliness can create overwhelming anxiety, and anxiety can reinforce loneliness. Ultimately we are on our own in life, and much of the perceived emptiness we can feel when alone can drive our struggle to be relevant in life or, perhaps, to deny that we will die alone. Its extreme form is the avoidant personality, a… Read More »

Social Anxiety Disorder

Epidemiology of Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) SAD (social anxiety disorder) (social anxiety disorder), also known as social phobia, is characterised by excessive fear of embarrassment or humiliation in social situations, which in turn leads to marked distress or avoidance of these situations and functional impairment as described in DSM-IV-TR. It is a common disorder with… Read More »

Treatment of Social Anxiety Disorder

Current recommended treatment options for social anxiety disorder include pharmacotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Although several randomised controlled trials (RCTs) have failed to show efficacy for beta-adrenoceptor antagonists in generalised social anxiety disorder (SAD), it has been suggested that these agents may be useful in non-generalised social anxiety disorder (SAD), patients with performance anxiety… Read More »

Treating Anxiety Disorders In Adults

Anxiety is an emotional and physiological state that all people feel and that can be either normal or pathological. Anxiety can be defined as a feeling of unpleasant apprehension typically accompanied by bodily sensations such as a tightness in the chest, a feeling of choking, perspiring, and trembling or shaking. Often, anxious individuals feel restless… Read More »

What kind of medication reactions could be serious or lethal?

Concerning the medications used in the treatment of anxiety, there are several absolute red flags that any patient on those medications must know about. Please keep the following in mind: Overdose. If taken in excess — either accidental or intentional — any medication can create serious problems. In particular, however, benzodiazepines, lithium, and tricyclic antidepressants… Read More »