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Complex PTSD (C-PTSD): Symptoms, Behaviors and Treatment

Complex PTSD Complex PTSD ( CPTSD or   C-PTSD  ) is a chronic, relapsing, and comorbid psychiatric disorder, characterized by the presence of childhood abuse and neglect, prolonged exposure to traumatic events, and significant disruptions in the formation of healthy, secure attachments in the first years of life. The term “complex” in the name reflects the fact that C-PTSD is not a unitary disorder, but involves the presence of several types of posttraumatic symptoms and problems with the treatment of these symptoms.         What is CPTSD Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) is a form of PTSD that presents with symptoms of both PTSD and dissociation. This form of PTSD is characterized by flashbacks and/or recurrent reenactments of trauma. CPTSD is characterized by the following: multiple and persistent traumatic events or trauma-related experiences, chronic and persistent trauma-related symptoms (e.g. flashbacks and nightmares), negative self-concept (e.g. blame, worthlessness), and chronic and p

Hypochondria (Health Anxiety): Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

Hypochondria (or Health Anxiety, or Illness Anxiety Disorder, or Hypochondriasis) Do you have a fear of diseases? Have you ever thought a simple headache to be brain tumor, or a slight stomach ache as an intestinal blockage? Have people ever called you crazy because of your obsession with health and hygiene? Are you gripped by a constant fear of being terminally ill? Have you ever self-diagnosed yourself by checking the symptoms online? Are you aware of symptoms of various diseases because you constantly look them up online? Do you keep getting tests done, (often by different doctors)? Is no re-assurance enough to prove that you are not sick. You know that, but are never satisfied. Is that you? If the answer to most of these questions is yes, you probably are a hypochondriac. What is Hypochondria: The Symptoms Hypochondria (Health Anxiety) describes intense and constant worry about your health. And this worry causes much distress and harms one’s ability to

Glossophobia: How to Overcome Fear of Public Speaking

Glossophobia: Fear of public speaking Glossophobia (or speech anxiety) is the fear of public speaking or of speaking in general. Glossophobia  is often cited as our number one fear. Surveys report people are more afraid of making a presentation than they are of spiders, snakes, being eaten by a shark or being struck by lightning. They are often more afraid of death itself. As Jerry Seinfeld remarked, “they would rather be in the box than giving the eulogy over the box.” What is Glossophobia: Definition and Meaning glossophobia · (glossos - + phobia) n. The fear of being ridiculed by other people for one's speech, attitude or manners; the fear of saying the wrong thing and being made fun of. [ The word glossophobia comes from the Greek γλῶσσα glōssa, meaning tongue, and φόβος phobos, fear or dread. ] Glossophobia is a clinical term for the fear of public speaking. People with glossophobia are often afraid of being judged or evaluated negatively by an audience, being embarrasse

Anxiety in Children

Anxiety in Children Both children and adults experience anxiety symptoms in some ways. But in some instances in the case of children, the level of anxiety seems to be too bothersome, enough to alter their normal daily life. Children experiencing anxiety symptoms may have feel a sense of nervousness, intense fears and worries that could almost unbearable to control. Childhood Anxiety is a Serious Behavioral Concern   Anxiety in children is something that every parent should take seriously. Because children can be hyper active at times, they can get into activities that can easily tire them, one cause of anxiety in children. The first thing that a parent should understand is what anxiety is. It is a feeling of worry, nervousness or agitation, often about something that is going to happen. A child may experience this behavioral abnormality when there is a major stressful event that happened to him, which will require a change in his present situation. The change can either be pos

School Anxiety: How to Help a Child with Anxiety about School

School Anxiety Many parents have difficulty sending their children back to school after summer. Some children seem to have all the reasons in the world not to go to their class. And these parents start to sense a pattern of illnesses and misbehavior which may force them to keep their children from going to school. If you have a similar experience, then your child must be having school anxiety . And while this form of anxiety is common among young children and even high school kids, parents need to know how to handle this problem and help their children continue to learn at school and progress in their academics and social life and have more opportunities to develop their talents and skills. Causes of School Anxiety School age children may be subjected to several factors that interfere with their learning process. Anxiety in school may come from several angles and we should understand what these are. This can be categorized into three main sections: environment, academic and soc

How to Manage Anxiety, Panic and Isolation During COVID-19 Lockdown

   Practices To Help Maintain Mental Health During The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Lockdown Since the WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic, many people, even those who have not been infected by the virus, is choosing to quarantine in their homes for the upcoming weeks. Indefinite isolation, panic over scarce resources and information overload may produce debilitating anxiety and feelings of isolation. So, you are not alone in this. Millions of people worldwide are self-isolating themselves and are fighting the virus. Here are some tricks to reduce panic, worry and loneliness if you're self-isolating or in lockdown: 1. Re-frame your thought pattern from “I am stuck inside” to “I can now focus on my home and myself” The mandated work-from-home policy is now an opportunity to refocus your attention from the external to the internal. Doing one productive thing each day will certainly lead to a more positive attitude. You may now complete your long-avoided tasks