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Teen Anxiety Counseling Phoenix, Cave Creek, Scottsdale Az

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

There are many reasons that are unique to each teen in relation to anxiety. Genetics is always unique and has an impact on anxiety so biologically you come into the world with genes that may be more or less prone to anxiety disorders. Your environment plays a huge role on stress and anxiety and how you cope with it. Some families have parents that teach their children skills to manage stress at a young age and some do not. Some families have a mixed approach with each parent doing their own parenting skills to address anxiety and stress. So the biggest factors in anxiety disorders are : Genetics, Life experiences, how we group up in our families , and environmental influences.

Anxiety disorders in teens can become worse at times with: side effect of a medication, emotional health issues, Alcohol or substance use or dependence, Marijuana use or dependence, Trauma ( emotional, mental, or physical ), long term stress, a family history of anxiety and or depression, and chemical imbalances in the brain.

 

Anxiety can be triggered by any physical pain in your body, stressful events ( school, moving, bullying etc), work stress issues, school anxiety and stress in school with peers or academics, illness and health issues, relationship issues with friends or family or others.

There are many evidence based techniques that are used in teen counseling and psychotherapy to help a teen manage his anxiety. One very powerful technique that has been around over 60 years is CBT Cognitive behavioral Therapy and it is very powerful. Teens can learn CBT and use CBT skill at home or wherever they are and this helps them gain strength in that they can control and manage their anxiety. I could go on about how great CBT therapy, however, I am going to give you a very brief synopsis for you. CBT looks at thoughts that are unhealthy, distorted , and not supported by facts. CBT then identifies feelings associated with these unhealthy thoughts. CBT then helps the client identify why these thought are distorted and allows the client to change the thought to a healthier more accurate thought. It is through theses exercises awe are able to see a huge reduction in anxiety and stress and well as other emotions the are not working for us at the time.

There is another exercise called VMBR that helps client’s bring in all senses: hearing , feeling, seeing, smell, and taste and allows the client to create a short video movie of themselves showing them confident, safe, tranquil and able to perform said task or overcome the anxiety that is getting in their way. It could be of taking a test at school or kicking a field goal, or going to school, or meeting a girlfriend, or a job interview.

Progressive Relaxation techniques tied in with diaphragmatic breathing techniques are an excellent evidence based skill that can be learned and used at home or out in the world. Research shows that when muscles are relaxed the body will follow and I believe everyone should use progressive relaxation for anxiety and stress management.

Mindfullness is an exercise that helps one learn to stay in the moment and not get caught up in the past or caught up in future thoughts. Mindfulness helps one notice thoughts like they are passing through like a cloud as well as feelings and does not allow the thought or feeling to rule ones day. Acceptance of self and learning self compassion and empathy as well as non criticisms or non judgment is important as well. Setting boundaries and effective communication skills is important to build healthier and more fulfilling relationships. Emotional regulation skills are helpful in managing ones anxiety before it builds and gets bigger for oneself.

Lifeworksaz.com has been working with youth and families for over 18 years in Phoenix AZ and Valleywide. David Abrams MAPC, LPC has a great deal of experience working with anxiety issues. You can read more about him at www.lifeworks.com and read testimonials as well.

Teen counseling SOCIAL ANXIETY Phoenix, Cave Creek, Peoria, Scottsdale Arizona

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

 

Child anxiety can impact your child in a very negative way: socially, academically, and impact mood and depression , interpersonal relationships and family and create a lot of family stress.

There are many tools that can be used to treat anxiety disorders: cognitive Behavioral therapy, Mindfulness, Imagery, progressive relaxation skills, vnmbr, DBT therapy, act therapy, exposure and more. It is important to have a variety of tools to help a child and teen overcome anxiety and have a variety of techniques to use to assist your child and teen. Each approach has evidence based research to show it is effective and some children like some and some like others but is essential that a child have many tools to help them deal with social anxiety and anxiety issues.

Child anxiety is stressful and painful for families. Activities that once were enjoyable are avoided and parents hear complaints of stomach problems, and various aches and pains, headaches and more. Learning ways to cope with anxiety is important. It is a fine balancing act however avoiding school and avoiding sleeping alone and avoiding new things is not creating a balance for your child or teenager. Forcing a child may be overwhelming and can be a failed approach as well. It is important that parents understand that anxiety can be debilitating and your child may no be manipulating and may not be lazy.

Many children that have behavioral issues like oppositional defiance or conduct disorders also have underlying anxiety that they do not know how to handle or identify. Learning skills to manage anxiety is vital to you child’s success socially as well as academically and behaviorally and emotionally. Most children can not articulate what is going on inside their bodies and minds. They must learn skills and tools to address their anxiety.

Some children can manifest itself in different ways. One way might be to avoid situations that are uncomfortable. Another way might be to escape the situation and this can be seen or perceived as oppositional or defiant when it is really fear based. Behavioral dysregulation is common with children and teens that have anxiety disorders: panic attacks, phobia, social anxiety, PTSD, Post traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorders , obsessive compulsive disorder and other anxiety disorders.

Children that display temper tantrums, behavioral problems at school, throw things at school, throw themselves down and cry and have full blown outburst may have a profound anxiety disorder however this needs to be assessed by a professional. Anxiety disorders need to be assessed and treated by a professional in mental health care.

Academic pressure and demands in the classroom can trigger anxiety and this will look like disruptive behaviors. The child may feel overwhelmed and anxious and not be able to cope with the teachers request or the assignment. The child might be intelligent however he or she may have a learning challenge or trouble with the task and feel overwhelmed hence unable to do the task and act out behaviorally.

Most teachers are not trained in identifying anxiety disorders and a child or teenager typically will end up in suspension or in the Principals office being punished. This does not address the underlying issue that may be an anxiety disorder.

A child that is diagnosed with ADHD may have an anxiety disorder instead that looks like: impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattention however this needs to be evaluated by a professional. A lot of times individuals jump to ADHD diagnosis when really the child or teen is suffering with an anxiety disorder. An anxiety disorder may be primary and for example ADHD is secondary or it may be the other way around. There are a number of other diagnosis as well that may be co-occuring with a child or teens anxiety.

It is important to find a professional that has daily experience working with children and teens . Children and teens can learn tools and skills to manage and cope with anxiety and other disorders. Parents can learn skills as well to help create success and balance in your child’s life. David Abrams MAPC, LPC, CAGS has over 15 years experience working with families and youth.

 

 

 

 

 

Many children report high levels of anxiety at school. Children as young as five self harm due to anxiety and stress related to school and academics. Many children do not know how to express their feelings and emotions end up turning into aggression, sadness, anger, tantrums, crying etc. It is vital to teach children to express emotions at a young age before it oozes into an imbalance.

There are many factors that can contribute to anxiety or anxiety disorders: obsessive compulsive disorders, Panic disorders, social anxiety, Phobias, general anxiety, Panic attacks, PTSD Post traumatic stress disorders and more.

It is important to look at many elements in an individuals life: medications, factors during inception and birth, environmental factors, Drugs, marijuana, alcohol, Stressors, Trauma from the past ( emotional, physical, mental), sleep, diet, daily habits, negative cognitions daily, genetics in the family from Mom and Dad as well as other family members and their traumas as well.

 

Many practitioners give meds without addressing the root causes of the anxiety. It is important to look at all the above and more in order to create the best plan to reduce anxiety. I have worked with anxiety disorders for over 15 years and have seen a combination of many elements that exacerbate anxiety disorders. It is vital to look at all the above areas in order to really manage your child’s anxiety or your anxiety as best as possible. Not looking at sleep for example and treating the disorder without a change in sleep will most likely not be very successful since sleep is an important element in mood disorders.

Brain experts believe a diet that is heavy in inflammation food consumption and low in healthy fats affects the risk of obtaining anxiety or anxiety disorders. Anxiety is extremely high in those with high sensitivity to gluten.

Medication is used to treat ADHD , however, research shows that it also leads to anxiety disorders, as well as other symptoms including but not limited to addiction.

There are many tools an anxiety client can learn in order to manage an anxiety disorder be it panic attacks, phobias, generalized anxiety, PTSD, etc.

Some of the research based tools in counseling psychology to manage anxiety are: EMDR, DBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Progressive Relaxation, VMBR, Exposure therapy, and mindfulness.

Child anxiety is stressful and painful for families. Activities that once were enjoyable are avoided and parents hear complaints of stomach problems, and various aches and pains, headaches and more. Learning ways to cope with anxiety is important. It is a fine balancing act however avoiding school and avoiding sleeping alone and avoiding new things is not creating a balance for your child or teenager. Forcing a child may be overwhelming and can be a failed approach as well. It is important that parents understand that anxiety can be debilitating and your child may no be manipulating and may not be lazy.

Many children that have behavioral issues like oppositional defiance or conduct disorders also have underlying anxiety that they do not know how to handle or identify. Learning skills to manage anxiety is vital to you child’s success socially as well as academically and behaviorally and emotionally. Most children can not articulate what is going on inside their bodies and minds. They must learn skills and tools to address their anxiety.

Some children can manifest itself in different ways. One way might be to avoid situations that are uncomfortable. Another way might be to escape the situation and this can be seen or perceived as oppositional or defiant when it is really fear based. Behavioral dysregulation is common with children and teens that have anxiety disorders: panic attacks, phobia, social anxiety, PTSD, Post traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorders , obsessive compulsive disorder and other anxiety disorders.

Children that display temper tantrums, behavioral problems at school, throw things at school, throw themselves down and cry and have full blown outburst may have a profound anxiety disorder however this needs to be assessed by a professional. Anxiety disorders need to be assessed and treated by a professional in mental health care.

Academic pressure and demands in the classroom can trigger anxiety and this will look like disruptive behaviors. The child may feel overwhelmed and anxious and not be able to cope with the teachers request or the assignment. The child might be intelligent however he or she may have a learning challenge or trouble with the task and feel overwhelmed hence unable to do the task and act out behaviorally.

Most teachers are not trained in identifying anxiety disorders and a child or teenager typically will end up in suspension or in the Principals office being punished. This does not address the underlying issue that may be an anxiety disorder.

A child that is diagnosed with ADHD may have an anxiety disorder instead that looks like: impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattention however this needs to be evaluated by a professional. A lot of times individuals jump to ADHD diagnosis when really the child or teen is suffering with an anxiety disorder. An anxiety disorder may be primary and for example ADHD is secondary or it may be the other way around. There are a number of other diagnosis as well that may be co-occuring with a child or teens anxiety.

Many adolescent teens are feeling worthless, unhappy, inability to focus or concentrate.

Teens are reporting more problems sleeping and are not receiving adequate sleep.

Children and teens are slow to talk about their distress to parents and parents tend to be slow to respond once finding out their child or teen is suffering.

Parents are not to blame for a child’s mental health issues. Children can have excellent parenting and still suffer from mental health issues.

In colleges and universities throughout the United States the following research was done and this was the mental health results :

The American College Health Association surveyed 100,000 college students at 53 US campuses and found that 84 per cent of US students feel unable to cope, 79 per cent are exhausted, 60 per cent feel very sad and more than half are experiencing overwhelming anxiety.

Obviously teens and college students need to learn coping and stress management tools to address : school, peers, family, work, grades, social situations and much more.

Many teenagers and adolescents as well as college students fear failure and are fearful of their future and need a direction and support to reach their goals. Children as young as 10 are worried about finding a job in many homes and are stressed and anxious.

Cyberbullying and social media can be a stressor and many teens are concerned about their body image with such a huge emphasis on waif models being the norm when most adults know this is not reality. Technology does not create the bully or the poor body image it may magnify the problem. Removing all media may not solve the issue because it is the negative distorted and unhealthy thoughts inside your child or adolescents head that is feeding the negative behaviors and mood. Media can affect our moods however it is up to parents and children and teens to set limits on use and be able to turn it off and find a balance in other activities above and beyond social media and or video games and technology.

There are many things children and parents can do to create health and balance for their child and teen or college student. Finding a healthy balance is key to your youths success. Lifeworks AZ has worked with youth and families over fifteen years in: building self esteem, parenting tips, mood regulation, goal setting, anger management, healthy social skills, reaching goals, behavior modification for youth, autistic youth, highly gifted, learning disabled children and more.

It is important to find a professional that has daily experience working with children and teens anxiety as well as the areas specific to out and children and teens . Children and teens can learn tools and skills to manage and cope with anxiety and other disorders. Parents can learn skills as well to help create success and balance in your child’s life. David Abrams MAPC, LPC, CAGS has over 15 years experience working with families and youth treating anxiety disorders. Lifeworksaz.com has testimonials and more information.

 

College Anxiety Disorders Phoenix, Scottsdale Arizona

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Approximately one in five university or college students has been diagnosed or treated with anxiety within the last twelve months. Many more are unaccounted for because they do not seek treatment or are improperly diagnosed, so the results could be even higher. Anxiety does not produce the same symptoms in all people. Some people actually experience anxiety attacks, including a feeling of panic, sweating, a rapid heart rate, and a sense of breathlessness. Many others may not have such overt symptoms. Many college students will likely to turn to behaviors that numb their thoughts — sexual activity, marijuana, weed, ganga, alcohol, drugs, sleeping all the time, or other habits which may affect their performance in school.

There’s an obvious stigma when it comes to men and mental health. In our culture expressing feelings is considered un-man like and “being a man” is connected  with being tough, it’s challenging for men to come forward and reveal they have a mental health condition like anxiety or depression and this is tragic.

There a number of anxiety reduction and management techniques that can be used for college students including: talk therapy and counseling, CBT skills, DBT skills, Exposure therapy, and more. Boys and men must be told it is ok to talk about their feelings: fears, anger, sadness and pain. This is the only way to begin the healing process.

Teens and Children

Many parents are beyond frustrated when their child refuses to go to school. Seeking help is important if this behavior of avoidance and defiance goes on for more than a day or so. One key for parents is not get into a power struggle or a negotiation with your child. A power struggle will only reinforce the undesired behaviors regarding school. Finding the heart of the issue is important. Is it academic struggles, is it bullying is it anxiety?

Anxiety in children in Arizona and the United States is one of the most common mental health disorders treated. However when children can not attend school, go to social activities, avoid interactions with people it now becomes an issue that needs to be addressed by a professional. Children may receive extra attention due to their fears from parents and this is due to the protective nature of parents,however, at some point it paralyzes the child and is not helpful anymore.

Parents that reassure their children when an anxious event arises may also be giving the message that their is real danger at school or at the grocery store and this reinforces avoidance behaviors from the child. Also allowing children to avoid events, school, “scary ” interactions will reinforce avoidance behaviors and this will not help your child’s anxiety it will get worse most likely.

Giving your children positive attention and rewards and praise when they do something brave can help your children tremendously. Praising your child, telling them you are proud of them , giving them a high five, smiling and more are huge behaviors parents can use to change anxious behaviors.

First give your child incentives for attending school. What will motivate your child? We all are motivated by something? It can be an activity with mom, it can be going for an ice cream, it can be extra time above and beyond regular bed time. It is always best to use rewards before moving into a consequence modality.

Let your child know that if he or she refuses to attend school they will not be able to : play video games, watch, Tv, watch netflix, and that they will have to sit at a desk and do homework. Also let them know if they stay home they will be given chores to do around the home. Obviously if your child is physically ill he would need to go see a Physician.

There a number of anxiety reduction and management techniques that can be used for your child including: talk therapy and counseling, CBT skills, DBT skills, Exposure therapy, play, and more. Lifeworks AZ has a lot of experience treating children with anxiety. Please see testimonials from parents at lifeworksaz.com.

Anxiety Teens, Child,Counseling, Counselor, Therapist Phoenix Scottsdale Chandler Glendale Arizona

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Children and teens with anxiety disorders experience excessive fear, worry, or discomfort that interferes with their daily lives.

Anxiety Diosrders that are commonly recognized include: Phobias, Generalized Anxiety Disorders, Panic Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Cognitive behavioral therapy has been effective in treating anxiety disorders. Individuals learn to understand how their thinking patterns contribute to their symptoms and how to change their thoughts so that symptoms are less likely to occur.

David Abrams, therapist, child therapist, teen therapist, adolescent therapy, counseling, therapy, Phoenix Arizona, Scottsdale Arizona, Tempe Arizona.
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602.575.4030
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Marijuana induced Anxiety, Panic Attacks Teens and Children

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Overall, based on available research, it does appear that marijuana can cause anxiety, and isn’t a great treatment for anxiety. Should you decide to continue (or start) using marijuana, remember that you absolutely need to combine it with non-medical, non-medicinal treatments.

The most common unpleasant side-effects of occasional marijuana use are anxiety and panic reactions. These effects may be reported by users, and they are a common reason for discontinuation of use; more experienced users may occasionally report these effects after receiving a much larger than usual dose of THC.

Marijuana smoking or ingestion of THC increases the heart rate by 20-50% within a few minutes to a quarter-of-an-hour; this effect lasts for up to 3 hours. Blood pressure is increased while the person is sitting, and decreased while standing.

The majority of all adverse responses to marijuana are panic reactions in which people begin to fear that they are dying or losing their minds. Panic reactions, or “bad trips”, may become so severe as to be incapacitating. Experts reports that roughly 50% of marijuana smokers in the United States have on some occasion experienced this adverse reaction.The most common disturbing reaction to marijuana is acute anxiety. The user becomes fearful of dying or going insane. Mounting anxiety may lead to panic.

Most studies contribute a panic attack to THC, the psychoactive part of the plant. Strains that are higher in cannabidiol (CBD) tend to counter THC. This would mean medical strains or an indica, which has a higher ratio of cannabidiol to THC than a sativa, which is mainly THC. Cannabidiol has anti-anxiety properties that counter the effect of THC. This is probably because it decreases the rate of THC to clear from the body, perhaps by interfering with the metabolism of THC in the liver. It is also responsible for a majority of the medicinal properties of cannabis and relieves things like convulsions, inflammation, anxiety, and nausea.

A substance-induced anxiety disorder is  categorized based on whether the prominent feature is generalized anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, or phobia symptoms. In addition, the disorder is  based on whether it began during intoxication on a substance or during withdrawal from a substance. A substance-induced anxiety disorder that begins during substance use can last as long as the drug is used. A substance-induced anxiety disorder that begins during withdrawal may first manifest up to four weeks after an individual stops using the substance.

Anxiety Therapist Therapy Counseling Anthem, Ahwatuke, Chandler

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Emotions can strike anxiety in a job interview. You can learn tools to
prepare for your job interview as well
as learn tools to manage your emotions so you are not fearful, tense,
tight, and uncomfortable.

A few tools for the interviewee are 1) Prepare by reading a book on
interview questions. 2) Learn as much as you can
about the company you are interviewing for. 3) Map Quest directions and
make sure you give yourself a huge cushion
of extra time in case of obstacles ( traffic etc). 4) Listen to the
questions before you answer rapidly. 5) prepare well
thought out questions for the interviewer 5) Dress for success.

Learning anxiety reduction skills will help with the stress and fear you
may have and can help you appear calm, cool, and relaxed
so your interview goes smoothly and you get the job you desire. There
are many research based anxiety reduction skills
and techniques you can learn. One is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
skills. Another great skill is learning progressive
relaxation. EMDR has research to support helping with anxiety
management. Mindfulness is another anxiety reduction technique.
There are many skills that can be used to manage anxiety and get it
under control so you will feel calm, confident, and ready
for success.

Anxiety Counseling Therapy Teen Adult Scottsdale Phoenix Arizona Ahwatukee

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Stress and anxiety takes many forms and can present itself in many
different situations. It can impact social situations, friendships,
academics and work. Anxiety can cause someone to avoid getting a job or
moving into a new situation that is better for the individual
however the anxiety is keeping the person stuck. Depression and anxiety
are close relatives however you can see how not taking
action on something you desire can impact your mood in a negative way.
Anxiety can impact sleep and lack of sleep or interrupted sleep
will negatively impact mood, energy, performance and more. Anxiety is
seen weekly in college football where great athletes get stressed out
and : drop wide open passes, mishandle punts, miss field goals that are
made in practice, throw interceptions, mis assignments,
miss standard tackles, make mental mistakes that impact the team in a
negative manner.

Some common forms of anxiety: social anxiety, generalized anxiety,
separation anxiety, performance anxiety, panic attacks, phobias
and more. All of these can be managed through various tools that are
evidence based.

Lifeworksaz.com counseling and therapy teaches tools that will help
manage anxiety and stress. It is a collaborative effort to help
with each child or adults anxiety challenge. An initial assessment is
done to look at all aspects of ones life from birth till present:
including academics, development, parenting,self esteem, family,
medical, social, behavioral, emotional, mental, mood, stressors,
positive strengths of each individual and more.

After the assessment David will create unique service plan to address
areas of concern. There are many great research based tools
that are taught depending on the challenged areas. Some evidence based
tools that have great success treating anxiety are:
cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, Progressive Relaxation Tools, CBT
Mindfulness tools. David has a history of success using the above
mentioned skills. David also has a history of success working with
children and teens that have anxiety. David uses play therapy, art
therapy, sports therapy games, talk therapy combined with CBT and more
to facilitate rapport and create desired change.

If you go to lifeworksaz.com you can read testimonials from parents and
adults that suffered from anxiety as well as many
professionals and experts that have observed David and his work.

Teen child adolescent anxiety Ahwatukee, anthem Az.

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Meditation can reduce anxiety. Researchers have know this for years . The specific brain mechanism connected to reducing the anxiety has not been pin pointed . However studies show that certain areas or regions of the brain are activated or deactivated in relationship to relief from anxiety .

In one study anxiety was reduced by almost 40 percent . A study revealed that anxiety relief is associated with activation of the anterior cingulate cortex and ventromedial prefrontal cortex , areas of the brain that are involved in executive – level functioning.

During meditation their was more action in the v p c the area of the brain that controls worrying . Also noted in the study was that present findings reveal that the brain regions associated with meditation related anxiety relief are remarkably consistent with the concept of being mindful.

Research has shown meditation can be helpful with depression and anxiety disorders .

Anxiety disorders that impact over forty million Americans are the most common psychiatric mental health disorder in the USA. Exercise is a great tool for relief of stress and is also important to help manage anxiety as well as depression and other health disorders .

Researchers studying anxiety state that a 15 min brisk walk can help alleviate anxiety symptoms and exercise for a longer duration can be helpful as well .

Studies in science show that regular exercise works as well as medications for some to reduce anxiety symptoms and depression . A very vigorous exercise session can help alleviate anxiety and depressive symptoms in many people . Those that sit at home on a computer and watch a lot of tv without exercising have much higher rates of anxiety and depression . Many teens are addicted to technology and are not receiving the daily exercise needed . Setting limits on sedentary activities is important for your child or teens health .

Finding a health daily routine is helpful for reducing anxiety . Bedtime routines and daily routines will help reduce anxiety .

Look at ways to manage your stress and reduce stress in the home . Manage anger in the home .

Teens can decrease anxiety and stress by : eating regularly , avoiding excess caffeine , avoiding drugs and alcohol , learning healthy communication skills , relaxation exercises , decrease negative self talk, feel good about doing a good Job not looking for perfectionism , find positive supportive friends . By using these skills children and teenagers can build a confident foundation of skills to cope with life’s stress and anxiety .

Child adolescent adult caffeine mental health

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Quitting caffeine is now listed as a mental health disorder . Many people that try to quit caffeine have excruciating headaches that can last 2-10 days .

Caffeine is now becoming an official mental health disorder in the American Psychiatric Association’s Statistical manual of mental health disorders . The two new diagnosis include : caffeine intoxication as well as caffeine withdrawal . These two conditions are considered mental health disorders when they interfere or impair a persons ability to function in daily life . Caffeine intoxication and withdrawal both happen quite often however it is rare that it becomes a significant impairment such that it is considered a mental health diagnosis that requires counseling or treatment . Critics believe we should not be labeling every activity that on turn will turn everyone into a patient that needs treatment either therapy , counseling , and or medication .

Advocates state that many children teens and adults go to their doctor for headaches thinking they have the flu and the reality is that it was from caffeine withdrawal .

Some experts suggest individuals that have : anxiety , high blood pressure , diabetes , insomnia , and those that feel jittery should avoid or scale back on caffeine intake .

Caffeine intoxication is defined as having five out of 12 symptoms: restlessness , flushed face , insomnia , nervousness , muscle twitching , irregular heart beating, rambling speech or flow of thoughts .

Caffeine withdrawal diagnosis as a mental health diagnosis states a client must have five symptoms within twenty four hours of stopping or a reduction in caffeine consumption . The symptoms for withdrawal : headache , fatigue , drowsiness , depressed mood , irritability , difficulty concentrating , muscle pain , flu like symptoms , and nausea .

Caffeine withdrawal typically begin within twelve hours after consumption at peaks at twenty four hours after consumption . Symptoms typically disappear in one week .

Counseling helps clients track their consumption and track the frequency as well as how many milligrams they are consuming . Counseling can then get the client to gradually reduce the amount they are consuming .

Limiting caffeine intake to 100 mg can help as well as drinking at irregular intervals .

LifeWorksAz.com
David@Lifeworksaz.com

Anxiety anxiety disorders

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Anxiety manifests itself in our physical body.

We can learn to become aware of muscle tension created by anxiety.
Learning progressive relaxation, imagery, and visualization will
reduce muscle tension and help alleviate anxiety.

Diaphramatic breathing and hatha yoga breathing are very important in
reducing anxiety.

Relaxing the body is a huge component to anxiety relief.

David R Abrams
Life Works AZ PLLC
David@Lifeworksaz.com
602 575 4030

Articles are not to be taken as a substitute for professional advice or counseling.