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According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), anxiety disorders affect roughly 19 percent of people in the United States. Anxiety disorders often cause a wide variety of chronic symptoms, such as fatigue, headaches, gastrointestinal issues, and more. For some people, anxiety can even affect the way they speak, leading to speech that is faster, slower, or possibly even slurred.
The Wilmington rabbi’s work often revolves around the notion that 80% of communication is nonverbal — expressing emotion through a hug, a touch on the shoulder, or holding a hand to comfort someone during difficult times.
But COVID-19 has forced Beals into his home office, where he can’t help vocalize feelings with body language. The self-acclaimed “hugmeister” said with the lack of physical interaction, he feels he’s not reaching his full potential.
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and racial tensions across the U.S., a psychologist in New York City is seeing a dramatic increase in the number of people who want to talk to her.
Dr. Dana Crawford specializes in racial trauma and she says what the country is witnessing right now are people who are attempting to have their voice heard. The protests breaking out nationwide, and even across the world, in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis custody, are demonstrations of empowerment, anger, sadness, fear and depression, a result of racism against black Americans that has been simmering for decades.
Here is what the science says about coping with prolonged crisis.
Research shows that uncertainty can be particularly hard. In a recent study, people were more stressed by the idea of a 50 percent chance of receiving an electric shock than if they knew for sure it was coming. If you've ever known someone who had to suffer the agony of a loved one being missing long-term, you may already have seen that at some point they were desperate just for answers—even if those answers were the worst-case scenario.
Let’s call it a revolution.
Danny looked in the mirror and didn’t recognize what he saw. “I saw breasts, and I would just press them down.” That’s not me in the mirror, he thought to himself. He was 12 years old.
Learn why your anxiety may be about fear of the unknown and what to do about it.
One of the first things I explain to my anxious clients when they come in for therapy is that avoidance maintains anxiety; anything you do to avoid or escape anxiety triggers in the short-term gives you more anxiety in response to those triggers in the long-term.
How anxiety makes even trivial decisions torturous.
When you think about it, there is very little in life that we can be certain of. Uncertainty is inherent in every decision we make, from the most profound choices of our lives ("Have I chosen the right person as my partner?" "If I take this job, will it advance my career?") to the most mundane ("What color should I paint my room?" "What should I have for breakfast?").