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Overview of Anxiety
Scleroderma and Anxiety
- Anxiety: Personal Stories
- Anxiety: Sclero Forums Discussions
Attitude
- Attitude Personal Stories

Overview of Anxiety

ScarecrowAnxiety is a normal reaction to a tense situation such as an acute or chronic illness. It helps one to better cope with the situation. However, too much anxiety can lead to serious illness or worsening of a existing condition.

Anxiety is a symptom that needs to be addressed and minimized when one is dealing with a chronic illness such as scleroderma. (Also see What is Scleroderma? and Causes of Scleroderma: Stress)

Uric acid in major depressive and anxiety disorders. This large scale study suggests the involvement of decreased antioxidant status in affective disorders, and points to their potential as an avenue for treatment. Journal of Affective Disorders, 09/08/2017. (Also see Depression)

Surprising ways to beat anxiety and become mentally strong – according to science. The way you cope or handle things in life has a direct impact on how much anxiety you experience – tweak the way you’re coping, therefore, and you can lower your anxiety levels. The Independent, 06/22/2017.

Why Mental Illness Can Fuel Physical Disease. Scientists are learning that seemingly unrelated psychological and physical issues may actually be closely connected. Time Healthland, 02/23/2017.

'Hit by freezing water': People describe exactly what their mental illness feels like. Every week, an estimated one in six people will have experienced a common mental illness, and one in four of us will have to deal with some kind of mental ill–health at some point in our lives. The Independent, 02/17/2017.

How Worrying Can Actually Make You Sick. An estimated 5–10% of people have health anxiety, meaning they’re obsessed with thoughts of having, getting or dodging illness. Time Healthland, 11/03/2016.

The incidence and risk of osteoporosis in patients with anxiety disorder (AD): A Population–based retrospective cohort study. The risk ratios are the highest for osteoporosis within 1 year of AD diagnosis, but the risk remains statistically significant for »1 year and clinicians should pay particular attention to osteoporotic comorbidities in AD patients. PubMed, Medicine (Baltimore), 2016 Sep;95(38):e4912. (Also see Osteoporosis)

Generation of young women is ‘wracked by anxiety and despair’. A generation of young women is wracked by anxiety, lack of confidence and despair, a report said yesterday. Mail Online, 09/22/2016.

Active disease is independently associated with more severe anxiety rather than depressive symptoms in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Anxiety is more common in lupus patients than in healthy controls and its severity is independently associated with more active SLE regardless of the presence or absence of concomitant depression. PubMed, Lupus, 06/17/2015. (Also see Research on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)

Panic attacks. Panic attacks were once dismissed as nerves or stress, but they're now recognized as a real medical condition. Signs and symptoms may include rapid heart rate, sweating, trembling, shortness of breath and hyperventilation, chills, hot flashes, nausea, abdominal cramping, chest pain, headache, dizziness, faintness, tightness in your throat, trouble swallowing, a sense of impending death. Other health problems— such as an impending heart attack, an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism) or drug withdrawal— can cause similar signs and symptoms. Mayo Clinic. (Also see Lung Involvement, Heart Involvement and Thyroid Disease)

Panic attacks can occur at any time, even during sleep. An attack generally peaks within 10 minutes, but some symptoms may last much longer. It usually comes with sweating, racing heartbeat, chest pains, shortness of breath, dizziness, trembling, numbness, terror, fear of going crazy or a desire to escape. 60% of all panic attacks are accompanied by hyperventilation. Softpedia.

Scleroderma and Anxiety

Photo of Fun House at the Fair by Janet PaulmennCauses of Scleroderma: Stress. Stress can cause hormonal and cellular changes in our bodies which can lead to a variety of medical problems. Chronic stress is thought to be a trigger for the development or exacerbation of autoimmune diseases. On the other hand, there might also be a positive role for stress in reducing inflammation in some circumstances. ISN.

Overview
Stress and Disease
Stress and Fertility
Stress and Inflammation
Reducing Stress

Stress-related changes to immune cells in the skin prior to wounding may impair subsequent healing. These studies show the first preliminary evidence that the number and activation of immune cells in the skin prior to wounding are affected by stress and can impact healing. PubMed, Brain Behav Immun, 2015 Nov;50:47-51. (Also see Research on Digital Ulcers)

Anxiety Personal Stories

Alina: Scleroderma CREST Syndrome This site is very helpful as I have been reading articles of people with my condition and can relate to what they are going through…

Daphne: Daughter of Scleroderma/Polymyositis/Antisynthetase Syndrome Overlap Patient By early 2005, she began to exhibit Raynaud's phenomenon. She was also having swelling in her face, hands and feet.

David B: Raynaud's I am fifty-one years old and suffer with Raynaud's, bipolar affective disorder, high anxiety and phobias for which I am unable to take medication…

Marla: Difficult Diagnosis and Anxiety I have never been diagnosed with Raynaud's but one of my toes turns white sometimes…

Rosebud: Diffuse Scleroderma with Raynaud's, Diabetes, Depression and Anxiety My hands are the worst. They are completely swollen, red, itchy, with burning sensation and in pain constantly…

Anxiety Sclero Forums Discussions

Having A Hard Time. It is hard for me to write this. I am usually good at maintaining an upbeat attitude but the last week has been really rough on me. I hate to complain about things but here I go… Sclero Forums.

Scleroderma is Ruining My Life! I feel like this disease is ruining my life. I had plans and now I feel like those plans are a joke.Sclero Forums.

Attitude

Researchers Say They’ve Cracked The Code To Being Happy. After decades of studying and working with tens of thousands of patients, researchers at the Mayo Clinic say they’ve cracked the code to being happy. CBS NewYork, 06/05/2015.

7 Timeless Ways to Be Happy at Any Age. The not-yet-aged should take a proactive approach to ensuring as healthy and full an older life as one could hope to have. Time Healthland, 03/11/2015.

People who feel younger may live longer. Everyone dies, but a new study says feeling sprightly might suggest a person has more time left than people who feel their age or older. Reuters, 12/15/2014.

Fibromyalgia: Ten Strategies for Maintaining a Positive Attitude Deborah A. Barrett, Ph.D.

Attitude Personal Stories

Barbs: Systemic Sclerosis and CREST. First I want to say that I have never given up my positive attitude, or my faith that one day they will find a cure…

Elaine GH: Limited Systemic Sclerosis I tell everyone I meet about scleroderma. I have joined two support groups and bought all three editions of Voices of Scleroderma…

Judy Dee: Diffuse Scleroderma. Through physical therapy I learned to walk again, feed myself and gained a better attitude on life. I learned to appreciate the small things…

Kathleen S: Eosinophilic Fasciitis I noticed that winter during gym, that when we did push-ups, I had to do knuckle push-ups because I could not straighten my fingers…

Kathy M: CREST (Limited Systemic Scleroderma) If you do not have the right doctor, do not get furious, move on…

Melanie V.: Scleroderma and CREST. About three months ago I made a decision that has affected every aspect of my life: I chose to live…

Rosebud: Diffuse Scleroderma My hands are the worst. They are completely swollen, red, itchy, with burning sensation and in pain constantly…

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