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21/05/2014 Primary school children may worry about their parents getting divorced, be afraid of dogs or the dark. Therefore some children need to learn how to cope with anxiety. 'Go Away Mr Worrythoughts' is a stage show targeted at primary school children which gives tips on how to cope with anxiety.   Go Away Mr Worrythoughts is a stage adaption of an award winning book by Victorian Nicky Johnston. Nicky wrote the book to help her son overcome anxiety. Three performers use slapstick, songs and humour to show children various ways of responding to worry and fears more effectively.   Go Away Mr Worrythoughts is at Frankston Arts Centre on Friday June6th 2014 at 6pm and is only...
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Anti-Anxiety Drugs Double Your Risk of Death ?

17/5/2014 A large study (which can be found online in the British Medical Journal )  by  researchers at the University of Warwick, England, has found that several common anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills were linked to  an increased risk of death.   The study followed  people who had had prescriptions for anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax and Valium or sleeping pills. The study controlled for other variables such as : age, alcohol consumption, smoking, and other factors such as anxiety disorders, sleep disorders and other psychiatric conditions , all of  which are risk factors for mortality. After controlling for  factors such as those listed above, the study found that people who took  the anti anxiety drugs...
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What is Social Anxiety?

When interviewed by the media, I often find myself answering the question "What is Social Anxiety?" The crux of social anxiety is  an excessive  fear of being negatively evaluated. Sufferers worry that other people will consider they are e.g. boring or stupid or incompetent if they appear awkward,  say or do anything they consider is embarrassing, or make a mistake.   Social anxiety sufferers may also worry that they will appear visibly anxious and be judged harshly for being  anxious. Therefore may concerned that will  blush, sweat , shake or their voice will tremble   People with social phobia may choose to avoid situations they fear. However, very often, they may endure them but feel very self conscious...
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Does Generalised Anxiety Disorder make you ” a danger to society”? Psychiatrist says “Yes”.


Have you  been following the trail of Oscar Pistorius,  a double amputee athlete, who fired four shots through a locked bathroom door and killed his girlfriend, 29  year old lawyer and model, Reeva Steenkamp?   If you have, you are probably aware that a psychiatrist for the defence, Dr. Vorster, has stated that Oscar has had an “anxiety disorder” since childhood because his mother was a very anxious individual who was so afraid of intruders she slept with a gun under her pillow and his father  was a mostly absent figure.   According to BBC News Africa 12...
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