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However, a long-term, overexposure to this reaction has the potential to make the skin age faster . Other skin reactions include perspiration and even increases in histamine , which can result in swelling. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, severe stress and anxiety can also trigger eczema outbreaks . An active spleen. Anxiety doesn’t just engage the obvious organs like our brains and our hearts, but it even affects internal functions like our spleens and blood cells. In order to distribute more oxygen to the body that may have been depleted during the stressful situation, the spleen discharges extra red and white blood cells . Your blood flow also increases by 300 to 400 percent during this process in order to prep the rest of the body for added demands. Tense muscles. When you start to feel anxious, the body naturally tightens up, creating strain on large muscle groups.
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In addition to CBT, other psychological treatments have also been found effective in the treatment of social anxiety. These include cognitive therapy (a form of CBT), social skills training alone, relaxation exercises, exposure therapy alone, behavioral therapy, and some other types of less-practiced forms of psychotherapy. Exposure therapy is often a primary component of psychotherapy treatment of social anxiety disorder. Exposure therapy involves a person learning to understand the irrational basis for their fears (cognitive restructuring), teaching simple relaxation skills to practice while in the moment, and gradually being exposed to the situation which causes the anxiety. The exposure is done first in the safety of the psychotherapy office, imagining the scenario and walking through it with the therapist. As the patients confidence grows, he or she will begin to apply the skills theyve learned in the therapy session to outside world events and environments. Psychotherapy treatments have been shown to be highly effective in treating social anxiety disorder (Acarturk et al., 2009; Powers et al., 2008). Most people who try psychotherapy with a therapist who has experience in treating social anxiety disorder will find relief from their symptoms. Medications for Social Anxiety The primary class of drugs used to treat social anxiety are called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS Sean Callebs suffers from panic attacks that began after he saw an electric chair execution Callebs: In an attack, your heart races, you hyperventilate, you think you’re about to die Callebs had to hide his attacks while he was reporting or even sitting in the anchor chair He is doing much better today after seeking help and not giving in to the fear Editor’s note: Sean Callebs is a correspondent for CCTV. He worked for more than 20 years at CNN. (CNN) — I have suffered from debilitating panic attacks since 1986. They were brought on by what happened on January 10, when I was a young reporter at WIS-TV in Columbia, South Carolina, and witnessed the electric chair execution of a convicted killer. I volunteered for the assignment. It was an important case. James Terry Roach was 17 when he committed the crime — borderline mentally disabled, with a degenerative brain disorder. Authorities had every reason to commute his sentence. Former President Jimmy Carter and Mother Teresa sent in pleas on his behalf — but to no avail.
Source – Opinion: Ex-CNN reporter: My struggle with panic attacks – CNN.com

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