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Giving Up Coffee to Treat Anxiety

Posted on: February 6th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Giving Up Coffee to Treat Anxiety

Most people know that caffeine is not good for your health but evidence suggests that it can even worsen symptoms of anxiety. People rely on coffee as a stimulant to keep them awake and focused but along with those affects come jitteriness, tension, increased heart rate and other symptoms. These physical effects very closely resemble some of the symptoms associated with anxiety.

Even for people who develop a tolerance to caffeine, the drug will always contribute to anxiety symptoms as a person is never completely tolerant to its effects. Higher doses above 250 milligrams are more likely to trigger anxiety and other side effects such as insomnia and cardiac arrhythmia. People with existing issues with anxiety tend to be more sensitive to the effects of caffeine.

For someone suffering from anxiety who is particularly vulnerable to the effects of caffeine it may be helpful for them to quit or at least cut down on their intake. Gradually cutting back by switching to tea or decaf can be a good way to reduce the overall amount of caffeine that you drink. Being aware of the caffeine content of certain drinks and keeping your intake below 250 milligrams can be a helpful start.

Quitting caffeine completely can be especially beneficial for anxiety but you are likely to go through some withdrawal symptoms if you are a regular coffee drinker. Things like headaches, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and even depression can result from caffeine withdrawal. Cutting back slowly can help you avoid withdrawal and you will start to see some of your anxiety symptoms reduced over time.

It can be helpful to make sure you get at least eight hours of sleep every night and try to boost energy naturally by eating healthy foods and exercising regularly. Staying healthy can reduce your need for caffeine and make it easier to quit completely.  


Stopping Your Downward Spiral

Posted on: January 29th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Stopping Your Downward Spiral

For people that struggle with mental health issues, and even people who are simply dealing with a lot of stress they might be familiar with the downward spiral. When you start to have negative thoughts and emotions that start small, they can begin to spiral into bigger and bigger problems in your mind. This is a common issue for people with anxiety and depression who allow their negativity to spiral out of control.  

The subconscious mind can cause a downward spiral because of deeper wounds and insecurities that become triggered by something in the present. In order to cope with the tendency to spiral it is helpful to learn to identify triggers and recognize the beginning of feelings of shame as soon as possible. When feelings of shame come up you can try to give yourself compassion and reassurance instead of continuing the cycle of shame and guilt.

If you are able to stop some of your negative thoughts and feelings you can try to reclaim your power and get back on a more positive path. You can start to assess the situation and regain your sense of mental balance by recognizing which of your feelings are legitimate reactions in that moment. If you are really struggling to get back on track then it might be a good idea to call a friend or reach out for help from someone that you trust.

The most important way to stop a downward spiral is to try to focus on positive things. Feelings of gratitude for even the most basic things that you have in your life – your health, your family etc can all generate a more positive mindset. Trying to find something positive to keep you grounded can prevent a downward spiral from progressing and get you back on track quickly.

When Imposter Syndrome Leads You to Depression

Posted on: January 26th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

When Imposter Syndrome Leads You to Depression

A form of anxiety known as “imposter syndrome” is something that affects many high achieving people. Essentially, imposter syndrome is a deep feeling that a person is not as competent as others perceive them to be. They may feel that they are not as smart, talented or capable as others believe even though they might have achieved a certain level of success.

Beneath imposter syndrome is a sense of anxiety and perfectionism that causes the person to feel like a phony or a fraud. They may be in a social situation and fear that the other person will find out that they are socially awkward or inept. They might be in a performance situation and feel that they don’t belong there because they aren’t talented or skilled enough.

These “imposter” feelings can be strong linked to anxiety and depression as the individual never really feels able to accept themselves as worthy. Feeling like an imposter can lead to hopelessness, worry, the desire to isolate themselves and other issues. They may spiral into a serious depression because they feel they can’t reach the level of competence that they want to have.

In some cases, imposter syndrome can fuel feelings of motivation to achieve but for others it may lead to depression and even giving up. People who are struggling with imposter syndrome and depression can move past these problems by talking to a therapist and getting help. Opening up about these feelings can help relieve some of the pressure that someone with this issue often puts on themselves.

In therapy, someone with imposter syndrome can learn to develop a more accurate view of themselves and their abilities and accomplishments. They can learn to stop comparing themselves to others and accept that they provide value to people by being who they are.

Is It ADHD or Something Else?

Posted on: January 21st, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Is It ADHD or Something Else?

Disorders like ADHD are complex and often misunderstood by people looking for a diagnosis for certain symptoms. It is crucial to get an accurate diagnosis for something like ADHD as taking the wrong kind of medication or not getting proper treatment can be harmful to a person’s well-being. Different disorders can often share certain symptoms so a complete evaluation is necessary for issues like ADHD.

Some possible problems that may share symptoms with ADHD include high or low IQ, oppositional defiant disorder, personality disorders, mood disorders or even medical conditions that cause inattention and impulsivity. It can be difficult to tell which issue a person is experiencing especially with young children who may be having trouble focusing or are having behavior issues. Children who are restless or impulsive may be exhibiting normal age-appropriate behavior but others may have underlying problems.

Children who have trouble paying attention in class can potentially have low IQs that are affecting their ability to function well in educational settings. On the other hand, high IQs can have the same effect because gifted children may feel under-stimulated and bored in their environment. In many cases, the children may have an average IQ but be suffering from a disorder that causes them to be disruptive or defiant.

Children or even adults with ADHD may behave in ways that show issues with focus, mood and discipline. Emotional outbursts may be common or hyperactive behaviors that make it difficult for them to be good students. Even though you may identify certain symptoms that may look like ADHD, there are many other possibilities to consider.

Evaluation and diagnosis is critical to the health of a person that may have ADHD or any other issue that affects their attention. Getting treatment specific to their particular issue can help ensure a faster recovery.

Work-Induced Anxiety

Posted on: January 10th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Work-Induced Anxiety

Some people suffer not necessarily from general anxiety but situational anxiety having to do with specific people, places or events. For many people, the workplace can induce intense feelings or worry and stress that they don’t experience anywhere else. Work anxiety can be difficult to overcome as we spend much of our lives at the workplace and need to do so in order to survive.

For some people who fear that their workplace is too anxiety-inducing it could be time to look into changing jobs. For those who aren’t willing or able to find another job, they can focus on different techniques to reduce their anxiety and make work more manageable. Feeling anxious at work can be normal but it doesn’t have to mean that you struggle every day with painful feelings at the office.

Mindfulness and self-awareness can both be effective techniques at dealing with anxiety. If you understand the root causes of your anxiety you can be aware of when triggers come up and learn to cope with them. Practicing mindfulness or relaxation methods can help minimize anxiety and allow you to work through anxious feelings.

Sometimes talking about your anxiety with someone can help ease your fears. You can talk with another coworker and see if they are experiencing the same feelings or a loved one who might have the same problems at their own workplace. Sharing your emotions with others and getting valuable feedback from can help reduce some of your anxiety.

If your anxiety about work is building up it may be a good idea to take some time off. Go on vacation for a few days or take a “mental health day” so that you can recharge. Everyone deserves a break from work stress especially if it is affecting your well being and causing too much anxiety.