Anxiety and Attitude

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

How Those With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Cope With Added Angst Of COVID. This pandemic has been really difficult for people battling obsessive-compulsive disorder and other mental health issues. Kaiser Health News, 06/22/2020.

Helping Students With Test Anxiety. Parents can take steps to minimize their children’s worries about test scores, experts say. New York Times, 06/24/2019.

Childhood anxiety tied to school absences Kids with school attendance or truancy problems might be suffering from anxiety, a research review suggests. Reuters Health, 03/22/2019.

How to Harness Your Anxiety. Research shows that we can tame anxiety to use it as a resource. New York Times, 10/16/2018.

Anxiety tied to fracture risk in postmenopausal women. Older women with higher levels of anxiety than their peers are also more likely to develop poor bone health that increases the risk of fractures, a small study suggests. Reuters Health, 06/13/2018. (Also see Osteoporosis)

One hour of meditation is enough to reduce anxiety and stress on the heart, study finds. A single one–hour meditation session is enough to reduce anxiety and stress on the heart, a new study has found. Mail Online, 04/23/2018.

Shortness of breath, racing heart or tremors could be a sign of anxiety. It’s not unusual for anxiety to be expressed physically rather than emotionally, which can make it difficult for doctors to make the right diagnosis since anxiety can produce a wide variety of symptoms. Today Health News, 12/13/2017.

A Fondness for Fear: Why Do We Like to Be Scared? For some people, being frightened can actually make them feel better as every brain experiences fear and anxiety differently – and you may be more vulnerable to it depending on how your brain is shaped. NBC Health News, 10/21/2017.

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.

Prevalence of depression and anxiety in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE): a systematic review and meta–analysis. The prevalence of depression and anxiety was high in adult SLE patients. PubMed, BMC Psychiatry, 2017 Feb 14;17(1):70. (Also see Research on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)

'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.

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.

Stress and Disease
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Understanding the Light and Dark Sides to Anxiety with Chronic Illness. Anxiety can be exacerbated or caused by the experience of constant pain blended with feeling exhausted and unwell. Scleroderma News, 03/20/2018.

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. (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.


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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