Not only is stress a cause of anxiety - but anxiety itself is incredibly stressful. And anxiety affects more than just our mental health - it affects our physiological health, physical health, behavioral health, and more. So on this week’s Ask the Doctor call, we covered all things anxiety with the expert herself, Dr. Ramani Durvasula.
The highlights from this week’s call include:
- What are the signs of a panic attack? How is an anxiety attack different than a panic attack?
- When does a healthy level of anxiety become unhealthy and manifest into an anxiety disorder?
- How do I avoid using maladaptive coping mechanisms (like an avoidant behavior or a substance) to cope with an anxiety-inducing situation?
- Can memory issues be a sign of being overly anxious? And what would the other more “physical” symptoms of anxiety entail?
- Are today’s college students more anxious than they were a decade ago? Why?
- What social and environmental factors are playing a part in today’s anxious world?
- What’s the relationship between resilience and anxiety?
- How can someone build up their resilience in the face of anxiety?
- How does breathwork actually help with anxiety?
- What is the relationship between insomnia and anxiety - and what exactly can I do to overcome anxiety when I’m trying to sleep?
- Is anxiety directly linked to issues of the gut and the microbiome?
- What should parents who are concerned about their kid’s potential anxiety look out for - changes in appetite, behavior, etc.?
If you or your loved one has ever felt overwhelmed with anxiety, this Ask The Doctor call is sure to provide actionable advice that will improve your daily life.