Monday, April 26, 2010

Panic Attacks,Anxiety and Stress-The Snowball Effect.

The Snowball Effect is a great way to describe Panic Attacks,Anxiety and Stress especially if they are left untreated. Like a snowball rolling down a snow covered hill, panic attacks,anxiety and stress can build up over a relatively short period of time until they become very difficult to manage.

The best option(in a perfect world) would be to not let these problems get out of control in the first place.But since we don't live in a perfect world and we all have busy lives it may be easier said than done.

The most important thing to remember about stress,anxiety and panic attacks is that even though avoiding the situations that causes them may help in the short term it will only make it more difficult to deal with those unavoidable things that happen to all of us eventually.

Finding ways to relieve stress is sometimes hard to do but if we take action before things snowball out of control it will make a big difference in the way we cope. We just need to take a bit of time to find ways of dealing with stress that works best for each of us.

There are many easy and effective techniques available for people of any age and skill,and with the internet being such a great source of information many of these techniques are available with just a few clicks of the mouse.

If you need some examples of techniques that are useful in lower stress levels click on this link (or one of the others above)-------->Techniques

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

"One Molecule Opens the Door to New Treatments for Depression" (very interesting research finding)

I read about a new research study of Depression and Anxiety yesterday and thought it might be of some interest.I won't bother to rewrite the whole thing in this post but instead give a quoted excerpt from the study so you can decide for your self if you would like  to click the link to find out more.

"One Molecule Opens the Door to New Treatments for Depression"

"A discovery by EPFL’s Brain Mind Institute may engender potential new ways of treating depression and anxiety.
There has been little progress in the way we treat depression and anxiety for over thirty years, but a recent study at EPFL Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) may open the door to new strategies. In an article published online February 23, 2010, in Molecular Psychiatry,researchers from two laboratories at the Brain Mind Institute at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) explain how understanding the functioning of a molecule called MIF, or macrophage migration inhibitory factor, may change the way we treat depression."

Remember that the above is a  quoted excerpt  from another article,I don't necessarily agree or disagree with the findings I just thought that it was an interesting study.

The full article can be read by following the link above.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Are Panic Attacks in the Genes?

Panic Attacks are some of the most frightening episodes that anyone will ever have to deal with.Most often they are triggered by a stressful event(past or present),and/or heightened levels of anxiety.This is not true in all case though,some people have experienced panic attacks with no particular trigger or cause.

So Are Panic Attacks in the Genes?There is some evidence of a genetic element to panic attacks as well as other types of anxiety disorders.However there is no concrete evidence that heredity is a factor since the causes of panic attacks are yet to be determined.I tend to agree at least somewhat with the notion that mental disorders like anxiety,panic attacks,depression and many others may very well be inherited.There does seem to be a strong family history in a great number of cases.

In my case I do have at least two other family members that have suffered from anxiety related disorders.This could be a coincidence but I'm sure that if we could dig deeper into our family histories we may find a lot more instances of conditions similar to our own.

That being said panic and anxiety can also be a learned behavior which could explain the reason that it seems to run in families.In this case it may not have anything at all to do with genetics but more to do with the environment in which we are raised.