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How video games can help anxiety and depression

Stereotypes and misconceptions of gamers are pretty widespread, but the fact that video games can benefit your mental health isn’t often discussed. There’s a stigma associated and, instead of emphasizing how video games can help anxiety and depression, games are often associated with addiction, a lack of motivation and even obesity, and it paints a terrible picture of the people who play when, in truth, most people who play games are getting a benefit to their mental fitness, confidence, and social skills. A lot of research into gaming has tried to dig into potential adverse impacts leading to violence, depression,...

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5 Ways to Combat Holiday Stress

The holidays are full of happiness, pleasant family traditions and spending quality time with friends and loved ones. Right?In theory, sure! But in practice it can be nightmarish for anyone traveling, shopping, exchanging gifts, or even just heading to holiday parties. Bundle that with winter weather and you’ve got a recipe for depressed and anxious feelings and no end in sight until a new year kicks off (and brings with it a new host of nerves). Social anxiety in particular takes its toll around the holidays, and people experiencing these feelings are prone to avoiding events that trigger them, which...

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3 Quick Tips for Dealing with Travel Anxiety

Everything is a little more stressful during the holidays, and that’s no less true about travel. Unfortunately, for a lot of people, getting to their loved ones or just getting away from their regular lives during their seasonal vacations from work leaves them no choice but to travel. People with agoraphobia or panic disorders will find crowded spaces like bus stations or airports to be overwhelming, and people with generalized anxiety disorders will worry about almost anything while traveling. Even folks with no full-blown disorders will find this fairly stressful, but it doesn’t need to affect you negatively.Probably the most...

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Symptoms of Anxiety Attacks and Disorders

The body’s natural response to danger is anxiety. It’s that alarm when you think you’re being threatened or you’re facing a tense situation. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, either — A little bit of anxiety can push you to problem-solve, drive you to get excited about something and help you stay focused, aware of what’s going on. That’s all well and good, but a lot of the time anxiety isn’t your friend — it can quickly go from something productive and inspiring to the absolute nightmare people with anxiety disorders suffer through.Speaking of anxiety disorders, there are plenty to...

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Top 3 Therapy Techniques for Panic and Anxiety

Anxiety and panic are everywhere today, and disorders associated with them are commonplace. No matter which you’re managing, there’s no getting around the fact that therapy is the most effective means of dealing with an anxiety or panic disorder, and the research backs that up. Not all therapy was created equal, however, and some methods reign supreme over others. First, let’s look at the differences between panic and anxiety: Anxiety is a state of readiness for something to happen; a feeling of apprehension. Panic is active fear of perceived immediate danger accompanied by a need to get away from/avoid the threat....

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