Wow! Already up to episode number 12! In our discussion today, I start by addressing two listener questions about the relationship between of Positive Psychology and Behavioural Medicine. I then cover my personal brush with panic this week, followed by a review of the changes I have seen in the field of addictions treatment over the years.
Anxiety is both an emotional and physiological experience, typically triggered by events past, present or future. Symptoms include panic and fear, sleep disturbance, sweaty/tingly hands and feet, heart palpitations, and even nausea.
Extreme anxiety is influenced by the adrenal cortex, causing a flight-or-fight response to an internal or external stimuli. This often leads to a sense of panic.
Clinically, an individual can be diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Phobia. Anxiety is also a common feature seen in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Agoraphobia is classified as an anxiety disorder by the American Psychiatric Association, characterized by the avoidance of places and/or situations that may cause acute panic, or a feeling of being trapped without a way out. At its worst, individuals feel unable to leave their home due to anticipatory anxiety of what might happen if they were out in public.
We dive into a short discussion on how to manage the flow of negative information. In the current political environment, it is easy to believe that what we consume, no matter now outrageous, only has entertainment value. On the show, we assert that a constant diet of news, radio, and mindless Facebook feed scrolling, over time drags you down.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) is a tool used in the filed of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), designed to interrupt the physiological consequences on persistent anxiety. It is a sustainable approach with wide ranging effects on mood, anxiety, and perceived wellbeing.