What Is ‘Hangxiety’ & How Can You Prevent It?

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Everyone experiences some sort of anxiety. However, only some experience “hang-anxiety.” Here’s what it is. I’m Kyle Kittleson. This is MedCircle News.

In a recent report from ABC News, those with social anxiety disorder - or people who are just a little shy sometimes - use alcohol to cope at parties, dinners, and social gatherings. The next day, they are often met with a hangover and increased anxiety - also now known as ‘hangxiety.’

Psychotherapist Tiffanie L. Davis Henry says, “Alcohol is notorious for relieving us of our inhibitions and giving us the gumption to do and say things that we normally might keep to ourselves.”

However, self-medicating with alcohol is NOT recommended - so here are some tips to help.

  1. Keep yourself to a drinking minimum. Everyone’s tolerance to alcohol is different so know what you can handle and what you can’t.
  2. Don’t force yourself into being in social gatherings. If you do, you may be more inclined to start drinking.
  3. Move slow. Take baby steps as you start to get more social and remember, you are not alone. Plenty of people have social anxiety.

Mental health can be complicated and overwhelming. However, MedCircle makes your next step on your mental health journey an easy one. Enjoy our library of original series with the best doctors and compelling interviews. I’m Kyle Kittleson. Remember, whatever you’re going through - you got this.

Source: ABC News


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