Online Games – Beat Stress With Games

Every year on the Internet something new happens. A lot of discussion takes places about pluses and minuses. For last few years, online games are becoming a rage on the Internet. As expected, anything that becomes successful invites criticism. But the benefits may far outweigh the dangers. How about online games? Online Games – why people play? Why do we do anything- because we love doing it? By natural instinct every animal seeks pleasure and runs away from pain. None of us likes the idea of getting admitted to a hospital, because that may be painful. All of us enjoy meeting friends because that is pleasant. It is true with games. Why no body is asking about the reason of popularity of games? The answer is very simple. Games make us feel good. Addiction – anything that gives joy can be addictive. Some of us are addicted to adventures. They …

Fear Of Flying (Aviophobia)

Psychiatry identifies three different categories of phobia: Agoraphobia is a fear of open spaces. It is also a fear of having a panic attack in a public place, of losing control in an area from which escape may prove difficult or embarrassing. Social Phobia is an irrational anxiety brought forth by exposure to certain social situations, leading to avoidance behaviour. Specific Phobia is a persistent and irrational fear in response to some specific stimulus, which commonly results in avoidance of/withdrawal from that stimulus. It could be triggered by an insect or animal (zoophobia), by a situation like being trapped in an enclosed space (claustrophobia) or it could be a fear of disease (pathophobia). The fear of flying is believed to be widespread, possibly affecting as many as 1 in 5 people to some extent. Many sufferers have never flown before. Others used to fly confidently until they unwittingly developed fear. …

What Are The Underlying Causes Of Depression And Stress To You?

When you say that the positive tendencies are the cause of happiness in an individual, in the same breath you can say that the negative tendencies are the cause of unhappiness. Well, extreme stress, anxiety and frustration pave a clear way towards depression. It is the same old story through the ages- the eternal conflict between the Light and Darkness. These two forces can not exist at the same time at the same place. When the Light arrives, we need not order the darkness to go. It automatically disappears. Rather it has to. Similarly when the Light goes without thinking a wee-bit, Darkness arrives to boss over once again! It is worthwhile here to contemplate over the common causes of depression and stress found in most of the people today. Distorted or ill-balanced economic condition is one major reason. Well, to have fallen short of the required funds shall not …

Traditional Parenting Techniques Linked to Brain Stress

Until recently, traditional parenting techniques such as consequences, points and rewards, and spanking have been used by parents throughout the world as effective measures of correction for behaviors deemed socially inappropriate. In fact, schools continue to use all of these, including spanking, as a measure to deter problem behaviors in children. New findings from the field of neuroscience are demonstrating that such measures may in fact be detrimental to healthy brain development in children and may even be one of the major causes of the over-prescription of medication. What Science Reveals The amygdala is an almondshaped cluster of nerve fibers which is located at the base of the brain. According to New York University neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux, author of The Emotional Brain and Synaptic Self, it is the fear receptor of the brain. It is primarily responsible for sensing threats in the environment. As such, the amygdala is not a …

Should You Confide in Your Friends About Your Panic Attacks?

Imagine sitting in the gymnasium at your child’s school while you’re having a full-blown panic attack. There are people all around you and if you get up to leave the gym everyone will be staring at you. Your heart is racing a million miles a minute. Your face and body are drenched in sweat from heat to toe like you’ve just run a marathon. What a nightmare! Unfortunately, I don’t have to imagine this because I lived it. This happened to me in the spring of 2005 and was the worst panic attack I’d ever experienced. I felt utterly humiliated as other parents that I knew sat beside me and wondered what the heck was wrong with me. To me the only thing I could do at that moment was lie, so I told other parents that I was having trouble with hormones and hot flashes. I felt sure I …

Stress and Anxiety 101: What is Anxiety?

It is normal for every person to experience anxiety attacks, especially during stressful situations and traumatic events in life. As health experts say, anxiety is a typical response of person’s body that signals possible dangers ahead. However, when anxiety becomes extreme to the point that it prevents a person from living the normal life that he intends to have, that person may possibly be suffering from anxiety disorder. Defining what is anxiety disorder Anxiety disorder is generally a term that covers different types of extreme pathological phobia, fear, and anxiety. A person suffering from an anxiety disorder may experience abnormal feelings of anxiety even without knowing the cause or he may also have intense and sudden panic attacks. The attacks may be in the form of unwanted obsessions or compulsions and uncommon social inhibitions. Even though anxiety disorders have different forms, they are all the same in one thing – …

Recovery From Addictions: Part 1

(This is Part 1 of a 5-part series on addiction). Just about everyone in our society is addicted to something. Addictions can take many forms: SUBSTANCE ADDICTIONS: addiction to alcohol, recreational drugs, prescription meds, caffeine, nicotine, food, sugar, carbohydrates. PROCESS ADDICTIONS: addiction to love, connection, caretaking, anger, resistance, withdrawal, and to activities such as: • TV • Computer/internet • Busyness • Gossiping • Sports • Exercise • Sleep • Work • Making money • Spending money • Gambling • Sex, masturbation, pornography • Shopping • Accumulating things • Worry • Obsessive thinking (ruminating) • Self-criticism • Talking a lot • Talking on the telephone a lot • Reading • Gathering information (if only I know enough I will feel safe) • Meditation • Religion • Crime • Danger • Cutting themselves • Glamour, beautifying We can use anything as a way of avoiding feelings and avoiding taking responsibility for our …

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Rape, and Sexual Abuse

The estimated risk for rape survivors developing post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is 49%. The risk for those beaten or experiencing physical assault is 31.9%, whilst the risk for others who experienced sexual assault is 23.7%. Given these figures, it is no wonder women are more likely to develop PTSD than men, as they are statistically significantly more likely to experience sexual assault. Post traumatic stress disorder is characterized by intense fear, a sense of helplessness, or horror. It can affect all areas of a person’s life, their emotions, mental wellbeing, and physical health. And symptoms are generally worse in situations, like rape and abuse, where the trauma was deliberately initiated against those involved. A person with post traumatic stress disorder may re-live the traumatic events, having flashbacks or other reminders and images that intrude on their waking hours, or in dreams and nightmares. These reminders may also trigger physical …

How to Fight the Depression?

“I can’t go on working, I am depressed”, “I am so sick and tired of everything, maybe I have a depression?”, “Don’t bother her, don’t you see she is so depressed”. Such phrases are often to be heard lately. Those people suffering from depression have their individual reasons for it. The real causes of depression may depend on their personal propensity for overcoming stressful emotional states. Those who were brought up in conflicting families and experienced the feeling of fear, offence and humiliation are more subject to depression. Chronic stress can also result in depression. Depression is also typical for people who demand too much of themselves, are not able to relax and have inclination to constant anxiety. Though active and optimistic people seldom experience this state, it is even harder for them to overcome it – as it is completely alien to their nature. During our lives we have …

Impact Of Stress And Anxiety on Soldiers and their Families

Stress and anxiety are physical, emotional, and psychological problems usually associated with highly-driven professionals, corporate executives, artists and performers, and even individual’s with a history of substance abuse. Their work involves a flurry of activities, a set of nearly impossible deadlines, and the need to consistently “perform” at peak levels. But perhaps, it is high time to pay more attention to the enormous stress and anxiety felt by those people whose jobs include the daily pressure of possibly losing their lives. Needless to say, soldiers in the battlefield are among those who are most prone to emotional and psychological distress. The War in Iraq, called Operation Iraqi Freedom in military terms, began in March 20, 2003. It is considered one of the costliest armed conflicts entered into by the United States — in terms of funding and the toll on human lives. As of August 2007, at least 3,773 American …

Change: Major Source of Stress and Anxiety

Almost everyday, new discoveries and inventions take the headlines. Modern day living has caused our lifestyles to adapt to the radical changes brought about by advancement in science and technology. And along with these changes come stress and anxiety. While change is inevitable, stress is our natural response to any changes in our environment. Normally, people develop anxiety whenever they encounter a situation that they have no control over; or a person or object that causes feelings of uneasiness and apprehension. People are often afraid, worried, or anxious over something that is unrecognized or unknown. That is why change is a major source of stress that causes bodily and mental tension — which eventually leads to anxiety. Change poses a challenge let go of the past, especially the comfortable, old ways of doing things. Stress and anxiety are normal parts of everyday life. Both can motivate an individual to be …

Car Accident Article: Car Accidents & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

American society is plagued by self-induced stress. Should this be something we pop pills for? Retrospectively, society accepts the unhealthiness of prior forms of medicated stress relief. It is generally accepted that smoking, for example, causes more problems than it relieves. Why does America swallow anti-anxiety medication so freely, without worrying about harmful side effects? These are powerful drugs that target chemicals in the brain. Medication should be the last resort in any anti-anxiety therapy. First, people who suffer anxiety should be proactive and try to resolve their concerns. One example of a disorder that is suddenly widely prescribed is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD was first recognized as a serious problem among veterans returning from war. These men suffered cold sweats, panic attacks, nightmares, and compulsive behavior as a result of near death experiences and the mental anguish of war. Some doctors are now claiming that this same …