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Everything You Need to Know About Alcohol-Induced Anxiety

Everything You Need to Know About Alcohol-Induced Anxiety

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Author: Shernide Delva


The truth about using alcohol as a coping mechanism for anxiety will shock you. The reality is alcohol is a negative coping strategy. While many turn to consuming alcohol to deal with stress and anxiety, it offers only a temporary relief. In the long run, the withdrawals from excessive alcohol consumption heighten stress and anxiety, instead of resolving them.

If you have ever been a binge drinker before, you know the feeling. After a night of drinking, you wake up with a hangover. Except the hangover is not just a migraine or bout of nausea, it is the overwhelming feeling of anxiety. The condition is called “alcohol-induced anxiety” and occurs typically after heavy drinking. Some like to call it an “anxiety hangover.” You start to contemplate your life, and the feelings of despair can become so overwhelming that some turn back to consuming alcohol to relieve themselves of their worst symptoms. Over time, it becomes a nasty cycle.

Instead of turning to a temporary coping strategy, you need an anxiety solution. You must approach tackling anxiety head-first. Read more to discover the cause and solutions.

Alcohol and the Causes of Anxiety

The interesting thing about alcohol withdrawal is that it can cause anxiety on its own. Even if you do not struggle with anxiety, you can find yourself in an anxious ball after binge drinking. Alcohol-induced anxiety is already a problem by itself, but imagine the effect if you already have pre-existing anxiety. Those who struggle with an anxiety disorder will find their anxiety worsens after consuming alcohol. After the initial relief, symptoms return at high intensity.

There are various reasons why this occurs. Here are a few:

–  Excitable Central Nervous System

Your central nervous system controls your entire body, and when your body goes through alcohol withdrawal, your brain starts firing all sorts of neurotransmitters and chemicals. Your brain gets excited by the presence of alcohol. Continual heavy drinking puts stress on your brain function which ultimately increases anxiety.

–  Fear of the Withdrawal Symptoms

The fear of withdrawal plays a role in any major addiction recovery, and when it comes to alcohol-induced anxiety, the same applies. The feeling of alcohol-induced anxiety can become so severe that many resume drinking to relieve their symptoms. There are a variety of physical symptoms to alcohol withdrawal such as aches, pains, shakes, and headaches. Along with those physical symptoms are crippling anxiety effects. Therefore, some continue drinking to ward off the withdrawal symptoms. This behavior only contributes to the anxiety. The only way to heal is through seeking treatment.

–  Loss of Coping Skills = Higher Temptations

Alcohol makes it difficult to acquire strong coping abilities. When a person uses alcohol as a coping tool for too long, they forget how to cope with events occurring in their life. Stress is a coping skill. Alcohol dulls stress, so your brain no longer needs it to cope. Once the alcohol is gone, you may struggle to figure out how to handle stress, and severe anxiety is often the result. This makes it easy to want to return to old drinking habits; however, this only makes manners worse. You must learn new coping strategies to deal with stress and anxiety that do not involve consuming alcohol.

–  Alcohol Contributes to Anxiety?

While alcohol can cause anxiety for all of the reasons listed above, alcohol also makes anxiety worse. Those who drink alcohol regularly and are vulnerable to anxiety are more likely to have severe anxiety symptoms because they’re starting from a higher baseline.

That’s one of the main reasons that it’s so important to make sure that those with anxiety avoid heavy drinking. Not only do you lose your coping ability, but if you do decide to stop drinking alcohol eventually, the long-term consequences could be very problematic.

How to Reduce Anxiety during Alcohol Withdrawal

So what can you do about this? If your alcohol consumption has become unmanageable, the best thing you can do is check into an alcohol rehabilitation center. These places are equipped to handle the effects of withdrawal and coach you through the process. Alcohol withdrawal is a tricky business and it one of the few drugs which a person can die from. If you have been a heavy drinker for a long time, you need to seek the assistance of experts.

There are several treatment centers employ:

  • Slow Detox – Quitting cold turkey is not the answer. Most people need to get off their addictive substances slowly. The body responds better to a slow, gradual reduction. If you try and go cold turkey on your own, you may find the withdrawal symptoms too difficult to bear making relapse likely; Treatment centers help ensure that you are detoxing correctly.
  • Replacement Medications – In some cases, some medicines may be given to help with the effects of alcohol withdrawal. The most common are anxiety medication for those who struggle with the anxiety withdrawal symptoms of alcohol use. These drugs come with their risk of abuse, so it is so important to have a professional guiding you through the process.

After the Withdrawal Phase

After the withdrawal phase, you will learn to control your emotions and gain coping strategies. Addiction is a complex issue, but many people become addiction due to poor emotional coping techniques.

If you struggle with intense anxiety, you must get help to treat your anxiety. Alcohol only made the anxiety worse or creates it in the first place. If you want to free yourself from the feeling of alcohol-induced anxiety, you must be open to seeking treatment from a professional.

Recovery from alcohol addiction is not an easy process, and alcohol-induced anxiety only makes the process worse. Alcohol-induced anxiety occurs during the withdrawal stage from alcohol. If you find yourself in this wicked cycled, please reach out for help. The answers lie beyond consuming alcohol. Do not wait. Call now.

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May Is National Mental Health Month

May Is National Mental Health Month

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Author: Justin Mckibben

Since back in 1949, Mental Health America and other affiliate organizations all over America have led the charge in a collective observance of National Mental Health Month in May by actively reaching out to millions of people in the country to raise awareness, spread information and acknowledge those living with mental health disorders. Using media, local events and mental health screenings these movements take action throughout the month of May to spread the word about mental health as an issue everyone should care about.

As we highlight some of the activities and outreach programs happening this year, we want to challenge everyone to get involved.

#MentalHealthMonth

All together the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has put together a catalog of options to use as part of a social media toolkit to help raise awareness for #MentalHealthMonth. Included in their toolkit is a variety of hashtags, including the others listed below that correlate with the activities they encourage advocates to get involved with, including:

  1. #mentalillnessfeelslike

The official theme for 2016 National Mental Health Month is Life with a Mental Illness calls upon individuals to share what life with a mental illness feels like for them in words, pictures and videos. One way to connect with the movement is to:

  • Post on social media with #mentalillnessfeelslike
  • Submit stories or content to MHA anonymously

All posts will be collected and displayed at mentalhealthamerica.net/feelslike.

The idea is to let millions of people everywhere speak their own truth about their experience and perspective. It gives people an opportunity to share their struggles and triumphs, while also raising awareness as to the signs of mental illness to others who may not yet know what they are struggling with.

  1. #StigmaFree

Another way NAMI has helped with pushing for National Mental Health Month is their PSA pledge. In their call to action, they have said it is now time “for all of us to step up and change the conversation.” Found in the PSAs on their website are a few celebrity videos taking the pledge, including:

  • Mayim Bialik, PhD- American Actress/Neuroscientist
  • Torrey DeVitto- American Actress/Musician/Former Fashion Model
  • Clark Gregg- American Actor/Screenwriter/Director

In these videos, the celebrities speak on the stigmatized terms commonly attached to mental illness that are harmful to the people fighting to overcome these conditions, and challenge the viewer to take the pledge to be #stigmafree with instructions on making video pledges for social media.

Petition to Congress

In the wake of years of school and workplace shootings to private family tragedies, more and more people are pushing to take action in effectively recognizing and treatment mental illness in America. Despite the fact that nearly 60 million Americans live with mental illness, there has yet to be a comprehensive mental health bill passed through the United States Congress in 40 years!

NAMI has also helped push a petition demanding the passage of a comprehensive mental health bill this year, with legislation that is intended to:

  • Improve access to mental health services
  • Improve reimbursement for mental health services
  • Improve integration of mental health and physical health
  • Increase funding for mental health research
  • Provide vital early identification and intervention

On the NAMI website the petition is signed every few minutes, adding to tens of thousands of supporters pushing for the government to take innovative action in helping support those struggling with mental illness.

Everyone Makes a Difference

In a nation where 1 in every 5 Americans will be impacted by a mental health condition in their lifetime, there needs to me awareness and support. We are all impacted in one way or another; be it a family member or loved one. According to reports collected by NAMI:

  • Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. experiences serious mental illness in a given year
  • Approximately 1 in 5 youth between 13-18 years old experiences a severe mental disorder at some point
  • 1% of adults in U.S. live with schizophrenia
  • 6% of adults in U.S. live with bipolar disorder
  • 9% of adults in U.S. have at least one major depressive episode in the past year
  • 1% adults in U.S. experience anxiety disorder (including PTSD/OCD)
  • More than 90% of children who die by suicide have a mental health condition

The fight for better mental health treatment should be especially important to the addict. Out of the 20.2 million adults in America who have experienced a substance abuse disorder, 50.5% had a co-occurring mental illness.

For someone like me who has survived depression, drug addiction and suicide, something like mental health awareness treatment is critical. I know from experience that far too many people will go undiagnosed and untreated, and far too many will lose their fight before they find help.

Bringing education and understanding to shed light on the realities of mental illness and mental health treatment is something we should make a priority, not just one month at a time… but all the time.

Palm Partners understands the importance of mental health treatment when it comes to substance abuse, and dual diagnosis treatment is designed to acknowledge the overlapping nature of these disorders and create the right recovery plan to overcome the disease of addiction and confront issues with mental health. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135. We want to help, you are not alone.

Unemployment Hurts Mental Health and Feeds Addiction

Unemployment Hurts Mental Health and Feeds Addiction

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Author: Justin Mckibben

We are all expect to be adults to some extent, as much as we don’t want to be, and part of productive adult’ing is to have a job and work to pay your way. Even though the best things in life are often free, the rest of the things we use to survive in our modern society are not. Employment is one aspect of becoming a responsible adult who contributes to the world in some way, and for those of us who are working right now, we should remember to be grateful even when it’s Friday and you are counting the minutes before you clock-out.

Why? Because there are billions of people out there who would give anything to be in your position. Even young people should know that all over the world there are people struggling because they cannot find work, or cannot keep it, and their mental health suffers because of it too.

NEET Teens

One study by researchers has designated young people who are not in education, employment or training as “NEET,” and according to that study these young people are committed to working, but they are also vulnerable to experiencing mental health problems.

This new study was collectively put together by teams of researchers from:

  • The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London
  • Duke University
  • University of California

Using the Environmental Risk (E-Risk) Longitudinal Twin Study the teams were able to assess the teens based on a few fey factors, including:

The current generation of young people faces the worst job prospects in decades, and with a lack of information about the effects these prospects have on NEET young people’s mental health this study stood to make some important discoveries.

Over 2,000 British young people transitioning from compulsory schooling to early adulthood at the age of 18 were surveyed. 12% of the participants were not in education, employment or training, and out of these “NEET” youths the researchers found:

  • 60% had already experienced more than one mental health problem in childhood or adolescence
  • 35% suffered from depression
  • 14% had generalized anxiety disorder

The researchers also found that NEET participants were less equipped to succeed in the job market, reporting fewer ‘soft’ skills such as:

  • Problem-solving
  • Leadership
  • Time management

The study also determined the NEET participants showed greater vulnerability for mental health issues, including higher rates of substance abuse.

Non-NEET

Out of the Non-NEET youths who were actively involved in education, employment or training the number were basically cut in half:

  • 35% had already experienced more than one mental health problem in childhood or adolescence
  • 18% suffered from depression
  • 6% had generalized anxiety disorder

So why aren’t these people just working so they can be happier and more mentally healthy?

Job Market

A huge part of the problem is the job market, and how a lot of NEET people find themselves looking actively for work but still unable to find it.

One co-author of the study was Professor Terrie Moffitt from the IoPPN at King’s College London. In regards to the data and the conclusions they came to he said:

“Our findings indicate that while the struggle to find work appears to take its toll on the mental health of young people, this does not appear to be an issue of motivation. The majority of 18-year-olds we spoke to were endeavoring to find jobs and committed to the idea of work, although they are perhaps hampered by a lack of skills that would serve them well in the job market.

“Compared to their peers, NEET young people are also contending with substantial mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse and aggression control.”

Even more disheartening is that the issue was not a quick fix. In another follow-up analysis the researchers accounted for pre-existing vulnerability to mental health problems, and what they found was in nearly every single case the impact of unemployment and lack of training or schooling on mental health remained immense and statistically significant.

Being out of work can hurt more than just your pockets or your ego. Financial insecurity has a big effect on your stress, peace of mind and can even hinder your personal relationships to a great degree.

It should be pretty easy to see how people who are already at risk of substance abuse would only progressively get worse with the added stress and other negative feelings associated with being unemployed since a lot of people use drugs to escape those kinds of feelings in the first place.

My great-great-grandsponsor used to always say,

“You can’t get sober on the couch, kid!”

For people in recovery it’s invariably important to become stable and independent to help improve your mental health and take action toward bettering yourself. A hard day’s work can be more rewarding than we know and a lot of us, both in recovery or otherwise, can sometimes take our jobs for granted.

Recovery itself can be work, but for those who are willing to put in the work the outcomes are far greater than any pay-check anyone ever gave me. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-95-6135

 

What is panic disorder?

Panic Disorder

Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder in which a person has repeated attacks of intense fear that something bad will happen to the point of being affected physically. Panic disorder is an extremely unpleasant type of condition that causes the individuals who have it tons of suffering. This is because of the panic attacks which are characterized by a sudden and unexpected overpowering feeling of fear. Panic attacks due to a panic disorder can happen at any time and in any place. They can happen due to a reason or no reason at all and they can come with warning and without warning. Depending on the individual, panic attacks can last from one minute to several hours. Overwhelming anxiety can also develop in between panic attacks since they are so unpredictable and can happen at any time. Because of this panic disorder can really impact a person’s ability to function in day to day life.

  • The cause of panic disorder is unknown although genes may play a role. For instance, if one identical twin has panic disorder the other twin is likely to develop it to, almost 40% of the time. Panic disorder often occurs although when there is no family history.
  • Panic disorder is actually quite common and it is estimated that around 2.4 million or 1 in 113 American suffer from it. Each year, an estimated 1.7% or 1 in 58 adult Americans aged 18 to 54 experiences a panic attack. It is also estimated that 15% of all American are very likely to experience from a panic attack at least once at some point in their lives.
  • Panic disorder is more common in women than it is in men. This may be because it is a fear based disorder. Women are twice as likely to have panic disorder. Women are always two times more likely to have a recurrence of their panic disorder after treatment.
  • Panic disorder can begin at any point during a person’s life but is more prevalent in early adulthood and mid-teens. People aged between, 25-44 are at the highest risk of developing a panic disorder. It has statistically been shown that those individuals who are well-educated, married, have families, and a steady job are less likely to develop a panic disorder than those with minimal or no education.

If a person does have a panic disorder there are different types of treatment available. The goal of treatment for those with panic disorder is to help them function in everyday life. A combination of medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy has been shown to work best. Antidepressant medications are usually the most common forms of medicines for panic disorder.

There are also some lifestyle changes that someone with a panic disorder can make that include holistic remedies. These treatments for panic disorder, for instance are:

  • Limiting caffeine intake
  • Avoiding alcohol and drugs
  • Meeting with a therapist
  • Using breathing techniques
  • Meditation
  • Massage Therapy
  • Acupuncture

All of these treatments help to relax someone with a panic disorder which may help to relieve some of the suffering due to anxiety. Some people may never be cured of their panic disorder but they can live to function better in their day to day lives with a mixture of medication, therapy, and holistic remedies or maybe just different parts of the three treatments. Panic disorder does not have to ruin someone’s life it can be arrested and disappear almost entirely with the right tools to treat it.

If your loved one is in need of drug or alcohol addiction treatment please give us a call at 800-951-6135.

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety is something that is pretty common. It only becomes a problem (an anxiety disorder) when it begins to occur frequently and interferes with daily life. Fears are our reaction to a present threat. It is how we cope with danger. Anxiety is anticipation of a threat.  Almost 20% of the population is affected by an anxiety disorder. Usually when a person is suffering from an anxiety disorder, there is a chemical cause in the brain. When certain neurotransmitters get out of whack, anxiety can reach a problematic level.

Anxiety Disorders: Evolutionary Basis

Fear is necessary for a species. We need to be able to recognize potentially unsafe situations, and be able to be cautious about them. However, anxiety is not the same as fear. Anxiety is the anticipation of an event that will cause fear.

Anxiety Disorders: What are they?

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. Anxiety can affect how we act and can manifest in real, physical symptoms. Anxiety becomes a problem when it affects our everyday life. Common anxiety disorders include phobias, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress syndrome, and generalized anxiety disorder. There are a lot of different factors that can contribute to an anxiety disorder. For this reason, anxiety disorders are often difficult to diagnose and treat.

Anxiety Disorders: How do they affect the body?

Anxiety causes the same reaction in the body that fear does. The heart begins to pound, we start to sweat, and we have shortness of breath. However, in the case of anxiety disorders, this reaction occurs when there is no threat present. Eventually this anxiety reaction begins to interfere with everyday life.  It can cause us to alter our behavior or stop participating in activities that we used to enjoy. It may even prevent normal functioning on a day-to-day level or keep us up at night.

Anxiety Disorders: How are they treated?

There are many treatments available for treating anxiety disorders, but the most successful ones involve changing the reaction to fear. Sometimes medications are used to calm the reaction of fear when it is present. This conditions the brain not to fear a certain situation. Over time, the situations will not cause anxiety anymore. Other medications used to treat anxiety disorders are more long term. They work gradually to change the chemical imbalance in the brain that is causing the anxiety. A lot off anti-depressants are used to treat anxiety disorders.

Anxiety disorders are also treated by cognitive behavioral therapy or exposure therapy. In exposure therapy, the individual is exposed to various stimuli that normally cause fear and anxiety. This is done in a safe environment under the care of a medical professional. Over several sessions, the fear caused by the stimulus weakens, and the patient can live without fear, or at least with less fear and anxiety. Cognitive behavioral therapy basically works on changing dysfunctional ideas about certain events or behaviors and eliminating negative associations through talking and role-playing.

If your loved one is in need of drug or alcohol addiction treatment please give us a call at 800-951-6135.

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