Anxiety disorders are the most prominent psychiatric disorder in the world, with which more than 264 million people live according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and the World Health Organization.

Anxiety is supposed to be our friend because it is an adaptive response that allows us to predict and deal with potential danger; however, it is still unknown precisely why it exceeds the intensity of our external stimuli and morphs into a pathological foe.

Anxiety: Friend or Foe?

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I’ll be honest, this isn’t my usual shtick. I’m a mental health nurse, and that’s what I mainly write about because it’s what I know, I’m good at it, and I want to share my knowledge and experience with others.

Starting Medium was more of a way to get eyes on my blog. You see, I am the editor of Mindsmatter a blog focusing on mental health, we want to end the nasty stigmatization people with mental illness are subjected to. So we thought (we here means me, and my…

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Do you consider yourself a shy person? It is normal when they ask you this, you usually say that you are. However, statistically, we cannot all suffer from shyness, although there are people who suffer from social phobia, and many claim that they suffer from this. But wait for a second, not all shy people suffer from a disorder, or can they? It is important to identify the symptoms of social anxiety to differentiate it from shyness.

Overcoming shyness is a challenge that many struggles with, although in many cases the situation is not as serious as we think. Many…

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A while ago I wrote a post about the importance of having hobbies for mental health. You can read it here. I don’t know if it’s fair for me to say so but I think it turned out very well, right?… right guys?… anyone? *crickets.mp3*

I know it did.

In that post, I talked about how by having a hobby, you can live the dream of doing something that makes you feel passion without the burden of depending on that being your source of income. …

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Do you want to dive into the world of aromatherapy but don’t know how to start? Maybe you need a gadget that will make your life easier.

I started using essential oils to sleep, relax, relieve stress, and just to feel better during the day. However, in the beginning, the effects were not instantaneous, I thought I had fallen into one more scam. …

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What comes to mind when you hear the word hypnosis? An illusionist with a pocket watch? For me, it is the terrifying teacup scene from the movie Get Out! There are hundreds of thousands of myths around hypnotherapy, and today we are going to disprove some of them and see how it can be useful to us.

Can it make me quit smoking? Is there hypnosis to lose weight? Is sleep hypnosis a real thing or just another scam?

There are many things hypnotherapy can accomplish and many things it cannot, but you will be surprised to know that hypnosis…

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Are you tired of looking for the healthiest diet? The one that helps you lose weight and that doesn’t involve eating broccoli every day. Have you tried everything? Intermittent fasting, high protein foods, the Mediterranean diet, and nothing seems to work. You probably haven’t tried a diet for your brain.

That’s right, maybe I’m not an expert in nutrition and fitness, maybe I don’t know what is best for you to gain muscle and have the desired summer body, but I do know a thing or two about mental health and well-being.

Our brain is like a car engine, if…

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It was like having lived through grief as if I had lost a loved one. I wandered around the house not knowing what to do, not knowing where to start, I felt lost, like having been thrown back into square one.

Losing a job can be as painful and overwhelming as any loss, it is normal to grieve and take time to rethink everything. However, many have a difficult time getting out of this stage of improvement and they remain stagnant. …

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Let’s face it:

We are not doing enough for the mental health of the LGBTQ+ community.

If you’ve ever thought that accessing mental health counseling or services is difficult, imagine doing it while being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, or while discovering your sexual identity. Although it may not seem like it, the numbers and statistics show that it is still a very hostile field for this community to find professional help free of stigma.

Those who suffer the most are adolescents, who at a young age have already identified as LGBTQ+ and struggle every day to maintain a healthy…

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Infidelity is such a shitty and difficult thing for everyone involved to understand. If you’ve ever been cheated on, you know how heartbreaking and confusing that experience can be. You wonder how your partner could do that to you knowing the pain they were going to cause you. You wonder why do people cheat, if it was your fault, if you weren’t enough or if it was because of something you did. These questions are not easy to answer and many psychologists have been studying this behavior to find some pattern.

What is known is that this can be pathology…


Mindsmatter is written by Bola Kwame, Jack Graves and Emma Buryd. De-stigmatizing mental illness one day at a time. Our socials:

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