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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Relaxation Techniques (Definition)

Relaxation techniques are helpful tools for coping with stress and promoting long term health by slowing down the body and quieting the mind. Such techniques generally entail: refocusing attention (for example, noticing areas of tension); increasing body awareness; and exercises (such as meditation) to connect the body and mind together. Used daily, these practices can lead to a healthier perspective on stressful circumstances. In fact, more than 3,000 studies show the beneficial effects of relaxation on ...Read more


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Can breathing techniques cure social anxiety?

Can breathing techniques cure social anxiety?

Natural anti-anxiety: Yes. Breathing techniques will bring you lots of tools as you age and take on more and more responsibilities. There are a variety of meditation techniques and there is yoga and yoga breathing. This is a great way to prepare for adulthood. ...Read more

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What are some safe relaxation techniques for stress?

What are some safe relaxation techniques for stress?

So many choices!: Guided relaxation cds are a great way to start. Yoga and chi gung classes can teach you specific breathing techniques and movements that can relax you. A person trained in emotional freedom technique (eft) can teach you an easy way to decrease feelings of stress pretty quickly. For ongoing stress, a counselor or psychotherapist is best able to help you in the long run. ...Read more

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Can neurofeedback (biofeedback) help with social anxiety disorder?

Can neurofeedback (biofeedback) help with social anxiety disorder?

Some: Biofeedback will help you to manage and control anxiety symptoms, but to help social anxiety you will need to also get graduated exposure (doing things that seems scary, but starting with easy things and working up the list until you master them). ...Read more

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Can you please recommend some effective relaxation / stress management techniques?

Can you please recommend some effective relaxation / stress management techniques?

Relaxationfor Stress: Relaxation / Stress Management: Put your hands on both sides of the ches,t Feel Blessings of 3 Million Air Sacs in your lungs due to which you have Breath of Life every 4 seconds for38 years. • Focus on “Breath Is Life” • Keep saying until you run out of breath. • Take another deep breath and repeat the same. • Do it with 10 Breaths • Other thoughts will pass away like clouds on the mountain ...Read more

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What are some relaxation and aromatherapy techniques for fibromyalgia?

What are some relaxation and aromatherapy techniques for fibromyalgia?

General relaxation: Aroma therapy will only help if it contributes to relaxation. Biofeedback can be an excellent way to learn relaxation heat may exert its effect via relaxation if inability to relax is a problem see a good clinical psychologist. ...Read more

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What is exposure techniques for social anxiety?

What is exposure techniques for social anxiety?

Exposure therapy: For anxiety involves putting yourself in the feared situation, sticking with it rather than leaving, & changing your thoughts to "it's ok to be anxious. I can handle it." anxiety decreases when you accept, even welcome, the anxiety feelings & discover you can handle them. Finding opportunities to face your fear makes you stronger. It helps to do this with a confident therapist you trust. ...Read more

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Brintellix can work for panic social anxiety in general anxiety?

Brintellix can work for panic social anxiety in general anxiety?

Quite possibly: Brintellix (Vortioxetine) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor with an FDA indication for Major Depressive Disorder. It could be tried off- label for anxiety disorders. I have not personally prescribed this medication. ...Read more

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Is there a practice treating anxiety / panic disorders without ssri, snri, bzd and cbt?

Is there a practice treating anxiety / panic disorders without ssri, snri, bzd and cbt?

NO: I am not aware of any evidence based effective treatment for panic disorder that is widely practiced with a consensus other than what you mentioned ...What is wrong with the above ? ...Read more

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What are relaxation techniques for cultivating positive energy?

What are relaxation techniques for cultivating positive energy?

Yoga is helpful: yoga exercises and meditation encourage abdominal breathing which can automatically lower feelings of stress ...Read more

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What are some good relaxation techniques to use during anxiety or during a panic attack?

What are some good relaxation techniques to use during anxiety or during a panic attack?

Try smoking (?): What! On a Health Website? I mean the breathing pattern - w/out a cigarette! Actually, many smokers benefit from the breath pattern w/out knowing the role it plays. The deep inhale, hold, and full exhale thru the lips is very good for you. It reduces BP and HR. Part of "I need a smoke!" is about this. So, don't use tobacco - but take the time of a cigarette and breathe that way whenever you want. ...Read more

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Can yoga help with anxiety?

Can yoga help with anxiety?

Definitely. Yoga: is one of the best ways to naturally decrease anxiety, but also to increase mindfulness, physical well-being through passive exercise, and a sense of slowing down in a very fast, busy world. Usually, Yoga is also taught with some form of meditation. Knowing what kind of anxiety is also helpful. Here's a reference: http://www.psychologyproductsandservices.com/page2.html ...Read more

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Is hypnotic therapy for anxiety effective?

Is hypnotic therapy for anxiety effective?

Yes it can be: In hypnosis, you're focusing very intensely on the hypnotist's voice & suggestions, screening out other things. It can be like getting involved in an exciting movie. Through practice, can learn how to focus on things other than anxious body symptoms -- which if you do that, they enlarge. Or there can be reframing of physical symptoms. Self-hypnosis can be very useful also. Session recordings help. ...Read more

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What are doctor-recommended strategies overcome anxiety and depression?

Exercise : One way to help chronic anxiety and depression is to exercise for one hour a day six days a week. Moderate continuous exercise such as power walking is a good method. But it must be for at hour and for six days a week. ...Read more

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What are good relaxation methods or way to cope with anxiety and ocd?

What are good relaxation methods or way to cope with anxiety and ocd?

Exercise such as: Tai chi or yoga, deep breathing techniques, socializing with friends all can help. ...Read more

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What are some theraputic techniques for relieving stress?

What are some theraputic techniques for relieving stress?

Stress relief: Guided imagery, meditation, breathing & relaxation exercises, yoga, tai chi, qi gong, journaling, art therapy, music, taking walks, gardening, caring for pets, etc. There are many more, depending on individual preferences and interests. ...Read more

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Can reading help reduce social anxiety?

Can reading help reduce social anxiety?

Avoiding Engagement?: Do you mean reading to yourself while in uncomfortable social situations? This would seem like a way of avoiding interacting w/ others in that situation - and avoidance is the hallmark of social anxiety. (People avoid interacting so they don't risk embarrassing themselves - saying/doing something that others might judge them negatively about.) Gr8 documentary on social anxiety: http://ow.ly/F3fzQ ...Read more

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How effective is guided imagery in conjunction with depression counseling?

How effective is guided imagery in conjunction with depression counseling?

Helpful: Guided imagery/ visualization exercises can be helpful to envision new and perhaps more positive way to respond to triggering situations. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
3,317 doctors shared insights

Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more