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Anger Management - Treatment, Procedure And Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Anger is often considered as one of the dominant forms of emotion. It vents out when the person feels frustrated, annoyed and disappointed beyond an extent. It is a normal type of emotion and is one of the most expressive forms. However, when the anger turns to come out at frequent intervals, then it would be a cause for concern, and you might need professional help soon. Anger can be harmful, or it might be helpful and often depends on how you express anger. In some cases, it can help you reach goals or achieve what you want to, but when it is overused or when it doesn’t come out in appropriate ways then it can be destructive for you as well as for people around you. Anger like other emotions can be harmful if suppressed for longer periods. Chronic anger can lead to many health hazards like heart conditions, headaches, skin disorders, and digestive disorders. They also tend to cause high blood pressure and can be harmful in the long run. Taking appropriate steps to control your anger is very much needed. Anger mismanagement can lead to abuse, crime, hurtful tendencies and violent behavior if not properly addressed. There is a particular branch of treatment that deals with anger management issues.

How is the treatment done?

Anger management is not exactly a treatment but a therapy that you have with your counselor over your issues and how you would go about rectifying them. It involves a series of open talk with your therapist and finds out new channels where you can vent out your frustration or keep them under control. It basically includes a number of sessions and depending on your medical condition the therapist would suggest the number of sessions you should be having. Anger should never be suppressed, but it should be let out in an expressive and admissible way. One of the common traits of the treatment will involve as to how you can take things lightly. You might be taught to see the situation from a different perspective. More importantly, you might be prepared to take everything in a humorous way and laugh it over. Anger management helps you to identify yourself and accept the things that you cannot change. In some rare cases, medications and drugs can be involved to have a calming effect. In case you are suffering from depression then anti-depression pills might be prescribed. While choosing a therapist, make sure that you choose one with many years of experience and who is competent enough to address your issues.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

All the individuals who have issues in controlling their anger and who are easily provoked by an event can be an eligible candidate for such procedures. These are more of a psychological treatment that creates a balance between the individual’s nature and his surroundings. The treatment can be done at an early stage if the person has a history of psychological imbalances.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

The treatment can be had by everyone irrespective of the age. There can be some medications and anti-depression drugs involved. Hence please consult with your doctor about this and if you have any other medical conditions, make sure that the physicist prescribes only the right type of drugs for you which is suitable to your needs.

Are there any side effects?

There are no visible long-term side effects however since this treatment involves therapies from a psychological point of view, you might be asked to stay away from certain activities. You might be asked to change your lifestyle and your dietary habits. Also since anti-depression drugs might be involved, there can be some mood swings initially, but these things go away on their own once your body adjusts to the treatment.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

The biggest guideline will be to change your lifestyle and also your environment if the situation demands it. Anger is not exactly a disease but an emotion that gets out of hand and can harm your body both physically and mentally. You would be advised to stay in a fresh and a peaceful environment where the stress does not affect you. In case your nature of work is the root cause of your condition then you might be asked to look for a change in work.

How long does it take to recover?

There is no exact time limit for a person to get treated as anger management treatment depends on an individual and how far he/she is willing to open their inner feelings. These are usually undergone by therapies and consist of multiple sessions and depending on the patient’s condition the doctor would suggest the number of sessions the individual must have.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

In India, the treatment plan depends on the number of sessions a person has for the treatment. It also depends on the city and the medical center where he/she undergoes the treatment. On an average, the session can cost from INR 250 to INR 500. The post-treatment medications and drugs can be additional to these charges.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The treatment focuses on getting the stress levels and your issues with controlling the emotions under control. Hence the permanency of the treatment depends on how you are faring with treatment and how far you are willing to go to keep the anger sensations under check. Drugs and medications can help only to an extent.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

As an alternative to the treatment, you can indulge yourself in your favorite past time, or you can seriously take part in sports activities. You can also be open to other forms of treatment such as yoga and meditation to keep the emotions under control. Always maintain a healthy lifestyle, and this can be a huge difference in how you manage your anger conditions.

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Homeopathic Treatment For Stress!

Dr. Anupam Kumar 87% (130 ratings)
B.H.M.S., P.G.Diploma in Maternal & Child Healthcare, Advance Paediatric
Homeopathic Treatment For Stress!
Feeling stressed out? Don t reach for the pills just yet; there is a better option out there. Almost all conventional methods of treatment come with side effects, no matter how effective they are. Why not opt for an equally effective method, but without side effects, yes you heard it right! Homeopathy is a method of treatment that is effective and free from side effects. Here are some homeopathic remedies that can help you de-stress: 1. Be active: Feeling stressed of late? Time to get your running shoes on. Research proves that exercise is one of the best remedies for stress, activities such as running and swimming release endorphins in the system, which uplift your mood. So go for an early morning jog or a late evening swim, whatever suits you just make sure that you get some exercise on a regular basis. 2. Diet: Stress can result from an improper diet where the body is not well nourished. The body needs its share of various vitamins and minerals to function optimally. So it is important to eat a well balanced meal and avoid eating junk food. Eating unhealthy food can cause reactions in the body that lead to various diseases. 3. Be connected: Being connected does not mean being connected on social media, rather forming and nurturing people to people connections. Talk to people, getting involved in team activities and participating in various sports. Form meaningful relationships with others so that you have someone to listen to you when you feel weary and low. Staying isolated can cause symptoms of stress to aggravate. 4. Start a hobby: If you don t already have one, spend some time doing things that give you pleasure. It can be something that gives you a sense of accomplishment. Doing such activities will keep your mind active and reduce stress levels. 5. Medications: Apart from the above, homeopathy has medications such as Nux Vomica which is used to reduce anger and impatience. For people who are stressed due to overwork, Kali Phos is an effective remedy. In case of prolonged grief such as the one resulting from a sudden demise in the family, Natrum Mur and Ignatia are advised.
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Feeling Angry - 12 Doctor Recommended Tips!

Dr. Mukesh Jha 86% (47 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Delhi
Feeling Angry - 12 Doctor Recommended Tips!
Anger is good. It protects you. But intense, uncontrolled anger may destroy valuable relationships. Anger is a result of anxiety and fear. When we assume that our expectations will not be met, we become anxious. When we feel unsure about our own capabilities we become anxious. This anxiety creates fear. Anxiety comes from our beliefs. All beliefs can be modified. Anger has lots of energy. Avoid arguments/confrontations when you are very angry. When you are very angry you are likely to use rough language which may damage your relations and you are likely to behave impulsively. All this you might regret later on. Following are a few techniques which will help you to manage your anger in difficult situations : Sit down and have a glass of water, slowly. This will help you to calm down a little. Avoid or go away from that room or situation. Tell the people concerned, that you are angry and would like to discuss it some other time. Deep breathing exercises help a lot. Close your eyes, take 10 deep breaths, turn your attention towards your body. See what is happening to your body. Tell your body muscles to relax. If your heart is beating fast, if you are breathing fast, continue deep breathing, till it normalises. Now understand what is making you angry. Understand your own anxiety and fear related to the issue. Let the other person know how you are feeling . Start your statements, I feel hurt/insulted/let down/neglected etc. when you do this , instead of saying You hurt/neglect me . When you express your feeling in this manner, the other person does not feel blamed, which makes the other person more receptive. Focus on the current issue, don t bring in past situations. Tell the other person, what you want or expect, instead of telling what you do not want. E.G. Instead of saying I don t want you to go out now , say I would like you to stay at home today . Listen carefully what the other person wants to tell you. Give others a chance to voice their opinions. Make an eye contact and be firm but polite while communicating your point of view. Understand everyone s responsibility in the situation. Try to see, what is your share in the problematic situation? Work on that. Understand what change you want. Have realistic expectations from others and also from yourself.
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How Hypnotherapy Helps To Deal With Fear And Phobias?

Dr. Dattaram Satpute 84% (26 ratings)
MBA (HR), D.Sc, MS - Counselling & Psychotherapy, M.Sc - Psychotherapy
Psychologist, Pune
How Hypnotherapy Helps To Deal With Fear And Phobias?
Jumping at the sight of a cockroach is normal but some people won't even step into the room if they see one. Such people are said to suffer from a phobia of cockroaches. A phobia can be defined as the irrational fear of an object or situation though it may not pose any real danger. A phobia often develops during childhood and gets aggravated as the person gets older. Hypnotherapy has proven to be an effective form of treatment for phobias and fear. Hypnosis identifies the root cause or event that is the underlying cause of the phobia. A hypnotherapist then attempts to change the person's reaction to the phobia trigger. Some common phobias hypnotherapists deal with are: - Fear of heights - Claustrophobia - Fear of insects and small animals - Fear of flying - Fear of technology To do this a hypnotherapist must first bring the person into a state of calmness and relaxation. This is because the root cause of a phobia is often a repressed memory. Thus, it can be accessed only when a person is in a state of heightened relaxation or trance. In this state, the mind is very receptive to suggestions. Once the memory has been addressed, it can be brought back to the conscious awareness. Addressing this conscious memory then allows the therapist to make the patient feel less threatened by this trigger. The patient can then begin to form new thoughts and responses to the object or situation. This process is also known as hypnotic regression. A person normally needs 3-4 sessions of hypnotherapy to be rid of a phobia. However, the number of sessions required varies from person to person and it may take additional sessions to cure a chronic phobia. This depends on a number of factors such as: - How long the person has had the said phobia - His personality - How severely his life is affected by the phobia - How determined he is to free himself of the phobia When you decide to work with a hypnotherapist to get rid of your phobias, it is essential that you make the right choice in terms of the hypnotherapist. You should ensure that you are being treated by a licensed professional hypnotherapist. Also, make sure that you can trust the person and are comfortable in his or her presence. Take your time finding someone who you can open yourself up to and get started on conquering your fears.
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Facts Of Families

Dr. Namrata Grover 90% (48 ratings)
M.A in Clinical psychology, B.A - Psychology
Psychologist, Faridabad
Facts Of Families
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE Child sexual abuse has been reported up to 80,000 times a year, but the number of unreported instances is far greater, because the children are afraid to tell anyone what has happened, and the legal procedure for validating an episode is difficult. The problem should be identified, the abuse stopped, and the child should receive professional help. The long-term emotional and psychological damage of sexual abuse can be devastating to the child. Child sexual abuse can take place within the family, by a parent, step-parent, sibling or other relative; or outside the home, for example, by a friend, neighbor, child care person, teacher, or stranger. When sexual abuse has occurred, a child can develop a variety of distressing feelings, thoughts and behaviors. No child is psychologically prepared to cope with repeated sexual stimulation. Even a two or three year old, who cannot know the sexual activity is wrong, will develop problems resulting from the inability to cope with the overstimulation. The child of five or older who knows and cares for the abuser becomes trapped between affection or loyalty for the person, and the sense that the sexual activities are terribly wrong. If the child tries to break away from the sexual relationship, the abuser may threaten the child with violence or loss of love. When sexual abuse occurs within the family, the child may fear the anger, jealousy or shame of other family members, or be afraid the family will break up if the secret is told. A child who is the victim of prolonged sexual abuse usually develops low self-esteem, a feeling of worthlessness and an abnormal or distorted view of sex. The child may become withdrawn and mistrustful of adults, and can become suicidal. Some children who have been sexually abused have difficulty relating to others except on sexual terms. Some sexually abused children become child abusers or prostitutes, or have other serious problems when they reach adulthood. Often there are no obvious external signs of child sexual abuse. Some signs can only be detected on physical exam by a physician. Sexually abused children may also develop the following: unusual interest in or avoidance of all things of a sexual nature sleep problems or nightmares depression or withdrawal from friends or family seductiveness Statements that their bodies are dirty or damaged, or fear that there is something wrong with them in the genital area refusal to go to schoolChild Sexual Abuse, Facts for Families, No. 9 (5/08) delinquency/conduct problems secretiveness aspects of sexual molestation in drawings, games, fantasies unusual aggressiveness, or suicidal behavior. Child sexual abusers can make the child extremely fearful of telling, and only when a special effort has helped the child to feel safe, can the child talk freely. If a child says that he or she has been molested, parents should try to remain calm and reassure the child that what happened was not their fault. Parents should seek a medical examination and psychiatric consultation. Parents can prevent or lessen the chance of sexual abuse by: Telling children that if someone tries to touch your body and do things that make you feel funny, say NO to that person and tell me right away Teaching children that respect does not mean blind obedience to adults and to authority, For example, don't tell children to, Always do everything the teacher or baby-sitter tells you to do. Encouraging professional prevention programs in the local school system Sexually abused children and their families need immediate professional evaluation and treatment. Child and adolescent psychiatrists can help abused children regain a sense of self-esteem, cope with feelings of guilt about the abuse, and begin the process of overcoming the trauma. Such treatment can help reduce the risk that the child will develop serious problems as an adult.

Domestic Violence - How It Can Kill Your Spirit?

Dr. Akshata Bhat 96% (1429 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
Domestic Violence - How It Can Kill Your Spirit?
People who have been victims of domestic violence not only suffer physical abuse, but from emotional abuse as well, which may stay with them for their whole life. The trauma associated with domestic violence can be deep and takes time to heal even after the relationship with the perpetrator is over and there is no communication or contact between them. Emotional harm is greater than physical harm Women make up the significant majority of domestic violence victims. When they face violence within the home sphere, they experience a wide range of emotions like anger, sadness, powerlessness, fear, resentment, vindictiveness and much more. Physical violence not only harms their body, but their mind and spirit are equally wrecked as the memory of being physically subjugated scars them emotionally in a very deep manner and can take years to heal. Some of the long term impact of domestic violence on women is mentioned below. Physical Effects Any kind of physical injuries like bruises, cuts or dislocated joints and bones. Many women suffer from hearing impairment Loss of vision is also another effect Miscarriage or premature childbirth Sexually transmitted diseases A feeling of fatigue and weakness In certain cases, unreported domestic violence may result in homicide or murder which is the ultimate and most unfortunate manifestation of physical abuse gone too far, That is why it is important to seek help early on before things escalate too far. Mental Effects The mental effects of domestic violence take much longer time to recuperate from than the physical effects. If the shock is severe, it can render women mentally unstable for life in extreme cases. Even if a woman recovers from it, the emotional scar may remain and might manifest in the future. Depression: This is one of the worst mental effects of domestic violence is depression. The good news is depression is often temporary and can be cured. Signs of depression include a feeling of hopelessness, sadness, weight gain or loss, sleeplessness, loss of appetite and a consequent lack of interest in whatever you love to do. This can affect one s decision making ability and in extreme cases can render one suicidal. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: When you encounter any violent experience, then you are most likely to develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The signs of this disorder include frequent flashbacks of the traumatic experience, nightmares and extreme anxiety. Women who face these kinds of traumatic experiences find it difficult to cope with their present situation for a while. Counselling and support from their loved ones can heal these problems fast. Other effects of domestic violence may also include seizures, addiction and substance abuse and fainting.
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Popular Questions & Answers

We got married 4 years ago. Why do my husband gets angry/misunderstands whenever he do mistake and I try to explain him what went wrong. because I do not like him to be getting insulted or pointed out by someone in his acquaintance. (I never explain him with anger/with raising voice)? If I keep quiet, that will create some other problem to us.

Mrs. Namrata Grover 90% (48 ratings)
M.A In Clinical Psychology, B.A - Psychology
Psychologist, Faridabad
I suggest you that please consult with marriage psychologist for brief history of both the side need a proper evaluation done by the expert. It's about how you and your partner see the world or situations. Happiness is within us. Check what is disturbing you and your partner we all have our highs and lows in life. There are many ways and solutions that expert provide you depending upon your problems. Where you are stuck in your life .There is goal setting for relationship, relaxation improving Depressed and your loneliness. Through these techniques all your problems will be solved. This starts a cycle of depressed and not being able to work, you stop enjoying. You can take help of a Marriage psychologist who can help you in overcoming your lack of interest and breaking this pattern /cycle and also go in for the therapy's, couple therapy to help in feeling relaxed. Goals and Objectives of Couples Therapy The primary goal of any couples counselling is to increase your understanding of yourself, your partner, and the patterns of interactions that have become detrimental to the relationship. Once these have been explored and understood, you are taught how to change your feelings, thoughts, and actions, to change ineffective or destructive behaviors into positive ones that will enhance your relationship. Most people enter couples therapy believing their partner is the one who needs to change. They have spent years denying or ignoring the major problems in their marriage, or trying ineffectively to change their partner. This is a big mistake, and the longer these behaviors have been maintained, the longer the therapy will take. You will both need to be willing to change yourself, and to work as a team. When it comes to improving your relationship, your attitude toward changing is more important and crucial, than what action you take. Identifying what to do, and how to do it, is the easiest part of couples therapy. What involves real work is confronting yourself, and figuring out why you don't do it---what is holding each of you back from becoming the partner you want to be in the relationship. The essential skills needed to engage in successful couples therapy are: 1. The capacity to envision a better life together. 2. A capacity to work together as a team. 3.The motivation to change, even when it gets difficult. 4. The capacity to speak from your heart about what really matters. 5. The capacity to engage in the process of reflection and non-judgmental inquiry. Key points to remember: ATTITUDE IS KEY. CHANGE YOURSELF - NOT YOUR PARTNER. CONFLICT PRODUCES GROWTH. MANAGING CONFLICT LEADS TO A HARMONIOUS RELATIONSHIP.
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I want to buy an electric kettle. I found one of the kettle of pegion brand good (made up of stainless steel) but it's upper cover is made up of glass. Whether cover made up of glass is toxic or non toxic. Also tell me the company is saying it's made up of stainless steel. Should I blindly trust them about stainless steel thing (model-kessel multi kettle 1.2L and model no-ptekkmk 1.2L) is good for health or not?

Dr. Saul Pereira 93% (38943 ratings)
Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
Glass is not harmful unless it is lined with any metallic or toxic adhesives. Generally you can trust Pigeon as a good and recognised company not to deceive people with something that is too obvious. Steel will not corrode and so that will be a safe bet to know whether it is true steel or not.
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I got engaged now. It was arranged. I was not ready but still I agreed seeing my parents tension. Now I can not talk or adjust with the person. I am sleeping a lot and having abnormal eating. I lost interest in everything and I am sad in ruining a person's life. He is always sad seeing how I behave and treat him. I do not want marriage but now my parents and relatives are saying its too late to say no. I do not know what to do. I was in love with my colleague and I said its not going to work out and agreed for the marriage. He was also my friend before. So still I contact him sometimes. I am feeling regret talking to him so I do not talk anymore. Nowadays I do not talk to anyone much. And when my fiance call I am having too much pressure anger and sad. I wish I could make him and my parents happy but I am scared.

Dr. Saul Pereira 93% (38943 ratings)
Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
No, that is itself the wrong intention and objective. You should marry to please yourself first. It is better to cancel an engagement than a marriage. You could have a frank talk with your fiance and tell him the truth about your BF. Ask him to help call off the engagement for some reason. You should have mentioned about yoru BF before you got engaged but it is not too late even now. If your parents are not willing to change thier minds, you could still approach some elder relative to broach the topic and even if that fails to garner support then seek the help of a marriage counselor who I am sure will intervene. Do not go into a marriage so unhappily and unwillingly. Perhaps, you could show this reply to see if they are even slightly amenable to the idea.
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I am suffering from depression, I get angry on little things, keep crying all the night without reason, When I get angry I feel irritated and even sometimes I slap and scratch myself for controlling my anger and irritation. People don't feel comfortable with this strange behaviour of mine. What is the cause of this. Please help me!

Dr. Jagadeesan M.S. 97% (9339 ratings)
MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
You seem to be suffering from Borderline Personality or Emotionally unstable personality. The cause is unknown but research suggests there is an interaction between adverse life events and genetic factors. Neurobiological research suggests that abnormalities in the frontolimbic networks are associated with many of the symptoms There is a pattern of sometimes rapid fluctuation from periods of confidence to despair, with fear of abandonment and rejection. There is a particularly strong tendency towards suicidal thinking and self-harm. They have love-hate relationship with close ones. Episodes of depression are common. Transient psychotic symptoms, including brief delusions and hallucinations, may also be present. It is also associated with substantial impairment of social, psychological and occupational functioning and quality of life. People with emotionally unstable personality disorder are particularly at risk of suicide. Its course is variable and, although many people recover over time. Kindly consult a psychiatrist for remedy.
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I am 13 year old girl. I have anger and tension. I also have fear in exam and school. I have worm in my stomach also. Can worm cause tension, anger and fear.

Ms. Rachna Mishra 92% (157 ratings)
M.Sc - Applied Psychology, MS - Counselling and Psychotherapy, PG diploma in child guidance and family therapy
Psychologist, Delhi
1.Keep all of your notes and schoolwork organized. Being disorganized can make anxiety much worse. You'll start to panic because you can't find that one page of notes you need to know, and then lose time looking for it instead of studying. To avoid this problem, keep all of your schoolwork neat and organized. That way, you'll be able to find everything you need and spend the maximum amount of time studying. Keep all of your notes for a certain class in one notebook, so everything for that class is in one place. Also make sure to date the page every time you take notes. If you take notes on your computer, keep your notes, assignments, and any study aids in separate folders for each class, and date all of your notes. Designate a folder for any loose material you have for a class. Handouts, essays, homework assignments, and past tests can go in here so you can find them easily when you need them. Take breaks while studying. Although you should study as much as you need to, it is possible to overdo it. Spending every minute of the day studying will wreak havoc on your nerves and make anxiety worse. Be sure to factor breaks into your study schedule. Every hour or two you should take a break. Any activities will do. Try watching TV, going for a walk, taking a nap—whatever you have to do. This will rest your brain and you can come back to your studies refreshed and ready to continue. Advertisement Part Two Reducing Anxiety Physically 1Look for physical symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety is not only an emotional state. It produces physical symptoms that you can identify if you know what to look for. If you experience any of the following symptoms when studying or thinking about a test, this would be a tell tale sign that you're feeling anxiety. You can then take steps to alleviate symptoms. Headaches.Dry mouth. Rapid heartbeat. Usually a heart rate above 100 beats per minute characterizes a rapid heartbeat. Sweating.Shortness of breath. Light-headedness. Extreme body temperature, either excessively hot or cold. Gastrointestinal discomfort. This can be characterized by nausea, diarrhea, bloating, and abdominal pain. Stay active. Exercise and physical activity are great ways to reduce anxiety. Physical activity releases endorphins that will elevate your mood. It will also distract your mind from the test and studying, so your brain will have a chance to relax and refresh itself. Any number of physical activities will have a beneficial affect on your anxiety. They include, but certainly aren't limited to: Going to the gym. Taking a walk. Doing housework. Riding your bike. Working outside. Playing sports. Eat proper meals regularly. Oftentimes people suffering from anxiety have trouble eating and skip meals. This is a mistake. Hunger can make your anxiety worse. It will also starve your brain of nutrients and you won't be able to focus. Eat at least three balanced meals every day to keep your strength up. Make sure your meals are nutritious. Whole grain products, fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins are best because they will provide you with a sustained release of energy that will carry you through your study session. Avoid sugary foods and drinks. Not only are these bad for your health, but the spike in your blood sugar will make you jittery, which could increase your anxiety. Also, the energy high will come with a crash before too long, and you won't be able to study effectively anymore. Get plenty of sleep. Sleep deprivation is another cause of anxiety. Commit to getting a full 8 hours of sleep every night. This will ensure that your brain has been properly rested and you can start studying with a fresh mind. Stretch your muscles. Anxiety often causes muscles to tense up, particularly those in the upper back and neck. This will cause pain and discomfort, inhibiting your ability to concentrate. During your breaks, make sure you stretch and massage any muscles that feel tight. Not only will this give you physical relief, but the action of stretching will help reduce your anxiety. Try meditation. Meditation is designed to relax your body and mind, so it is great for people suffering from anxiety. If you're feeling anxious preparing for a test, schedule in some meditation time. Avoid people who generate anxiety when studying. You might have certain friends or acquaintances who also suffer from test anxiety and always vocalize their fears. This doesn't mean you can't be friends with them, but it might be best to avoid them while you're trying to study. You might be making a good effort to curb your own anxiety, and allowing their negative thoughts to overcome you could set you back. Part Three Think about your cognitive state. Anxiety often impairs concentration and causes sufferers to simply blank out. If you're trying to study but just can't bring yourself to focus, you could be suffering from anxiety. Procrastination is also a symptom, since avoidance of a problem is a defense mechanism. If you notice these symptoms, it is time to take action and work on your thought processes. Analyze your thought patterns. Often when people suffer from anxiety, they focus on overwhelmingly negative thoughts. You may say to yourself "I'm definitely going to fail this test, or "If I fail this test my life is over. These thinking traps are a symptom of anxiety, as well as a cause of greater anxiety. If you find yourself thinking this way about a test, you can take some steps to address and remedy those thoughts Isolate and analyze negative thoughts. When a negative thought enters your head, stop what you're doing and think about it. By breaking down negative thoughts, you can find that most of them are unrealistic, and then replace them with more positive thoughts. Think about whether this thought is logical. For example, you think "If I fail this test, my life is over. Is that really true? In almost all situations, no, it's not true. There is no logical way a test will result in your life ending, making this an unrealistic fear. Put negative thoughts in perspective. When many negative thoughts are put in real-world perspective, they don't seem so serious. For example, you're convinced that you will fail the biology test tomorrow. But you've gotten good grades on every biology test this semester so far. Past experience is on your side here. This new perspective makes your fear seem more unlikely, since you've already established that you're good at biology. 5Replace illogical thoughts with logical ones. Once you've established that a fear is illogical, you can work on replacing it with a more balanced and logical thought. This will bring your mind back to reality and help break down illogical fears. Once you've isolated the thought that "I will definitely fail this test tomorrow, replace it with, "I've been studying all week, I know this material, and it's within my power to do well on this test. This new pattern of thinking breaks down your fear that was based on nothing, and replaces it with a new thought that is rooted in reality. Even if you can't get past the idea that you will fail tomorrow's test, you can use logic to help you remain calm by reminding yourself that a failed exam doesn't mean you will fail the class. Remind yourself that you may even have other options, such as investigating extra credit or asking to re-take the exam. Use positive self-statements. When people suffer from anxiety, they usually use negative self-statements like "I'm stupid, or "I'm worthless. These kinds of statements can easily cause your anxiety to progress into depression and threaten your overall mental health. Just like you replaced your illogical fears with logical thoughts, replace negative statements with positive ones. Make an effort to tell yourself "I'm smart, "I can do this, or "Everything will be okay. That way you can cut negative statements out of your thinking and improve your happiness and mental health. Statements such as "I'm stupid" or "I'm worthless" are not only unhelpful, they're untrue because they summarize you based on one observation. For example, if you've performed poorly on your calculus quizzes so far, you might think "I'm a loser. This is an emotional overstatement. Try to think about the facts instead: You just happen to be performing poorly on calculus quizzes. This says nothing about who you are as a person, or your ability in other areas. For worms problem you can contact your family physician. THANK YOU ALL THE BEST.

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