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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Anxiety Relief and Greenspace?

by Dr. Craig April, Director of The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles

Anxiety relief can be encouraged with greenspace as a recent study shows. "Greenspace" as the study calls it, is NATURE. The study demonstrates that people who experience green nature frequently have lower rates of anxiety than those that live in the city.

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This is not surprising. Nature puts us in touch with the present moment and can help put our issues in perspective. Many of the people I treat comment on specific experiences with nature that remind them how small we all are in reference to the universe - an important discovery when working toward anxiety relief.

Nature also tends to have a calming effect and studies have been done that suggest just having some house plants can do wonders for your mood and overall mental and physical health.

So if "greenspace" can help you on your path towards more anxiety relief, why not take action? If nature isn't outside your door, then plan on taking regular drives to "greenspace". And, of course, there is no excuse for not investing in some simple houseplants.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Behavior Therapy Summarized

by Dr. Craig April, Director of The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles

Behavior therapy is key in changing how you respond to your anxiety.

The more we behave in one way when faced with a thought, situation, event or object, the stronger a behavioral habit becomes.

Lets address this on a small scale. Where do you sit in your home or apartment? Is it a certain chair or a section of the couch? Once identified, try to change it for a couple of days. Already uncomfortable? We've just identified an entrenched behavior pattern.

Now think about this as related to your anxiety.

Most likely, the behaviors you are engaged in (prior to anxiety treatment) to cope with your anxiety have been focused on escape. They might now be strong behavior patterns. This is what behavior therapy would help you modify, so that you develop new behaviors that truly reduce your anxiety symptoms as opposed to avoidance behaviors that serve to maintain your anxiety.

Behavior therapy involves the teaching of specific strategies and techniques, often with homework assignments, to change destructive or problematic/unhealthy behaviors into empowering, constructive behavior patterns that lead to anxiety relief.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Anxiety Support Groups: You Are Not Alone

by Dr. Craig April, Director of The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles

Anxiety support groups
can be incredibly beneficial.

One of the main benefits is the opportunity to connect with others who share similar symptoms and experiences. This is not to be taken lightly for one considering participation in any anxiety support groups.

Anxiety can be a very lonely experience for the anxiety sufferer. I have heard the following quotes from so many that I have treated at my center:

"No one understands"

"They think I can just get over it, but if I knew how to I would have by now"

"He (or she) thinks it's all in my head and that I'm making it up"

"He (or she) thinks I'm weak"

. . . The list goes on and on.

Anxiety support groups give the gift of talking to others who truly understand. And then there is the support and encouragement received as individuals of the group make great leaps in progress. Not only is the experience supportive, but others are inspired to face more of their anxiety as they learn skills and strategies.

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