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I consider myself a well-informed person, but lately the news has been so troublesome that I have considered not listening or reading it any longer. I am a small-business owner and the constant pessimism and gloom reported concerning the economy has made me more than a little uneasy. I find myself lying awake at night worrying about my future and I am on edge, almost to the point that I am ineffective at work. How can I address my anxiety and focus on what is important in my life?

Answered by: Dr. Peter Lambrou

My mind is constantly racing and I cannot seem to slow it down. I have had panic attacks in the past and am afraid that they will come back. Can you please provide me with some of the best solutions you have found to be effective with your clients? Thanks in advance.

Answered by: Dr. Peter Lambrou

What can I do with all these negative thoughts. I find that when I am not focused on some task at hand and my mind wonders off into a daydream world, I often think about pending or potential conflicts with people in my life. It could be a disagreement I am having with my wife. Or a misunderstanding I had with a co-worker. But I find myself rehearsing over and over in my head what I am going to say when and if the moment is right. I know I do it to prepare myself some how. But it has become a habit and I find myself thinking about conflicts way too much. As a result it keeps me keyed up and tense. How can I stop the pattern?

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Skinner

What is the link between depression and physical pain? And can you get rid of the physical pain while you are dealing with the depression? Or will the pain remain until depression is resolved?

Answered by: Wanda Brothers

I have experienced a lot of trauma in my life and I have just started reaching out for help. My problem is that I am afraid to open up to others and really talk about what I experienced. I feel like I need to keep up this macho image, but inside I am torn up. I hate to admit that I am having any problems. I have reviewed suggestions online about how to deal with difficult memories and I see over and over that it is helpful to talk about your experience with others. Can you explain why this is helpful? I just don't want to open up to people I don't know. How could talking and reliving my past make it any better?

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Skinner

How can I become more resilient when I deal with difficult life issues?

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Skinner

Most days are not particularly stressful, but in the morning I feel queasy in my stomach, my heart feels like it's beating really fast, and I feel all keyed up when I wake up. Why do I wake up feeling anxious and almost afraid to get out of bed in the morning, but by the afternoon I'm OK and by evening I don't want to go to bed so I tend to stay up late because that's when I feel best. My doctor says I'm healthy, but I don't feel healthy in the first part of the day. What's going on with me?

Answered by: Dr. Peter Lambrou

I was just told by my doctor that I had IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Can someone help me understand a little about what is IBS? Is there any way to treat it, besides medication?

Answered by: Wanda Brothers

I have recently been battling with depression and can manage it most days. But recently, when I get into large group settings, I find that I start to feel physically awful. I get sweaty and shaky and dizzy...I actually feel physically sick. I have to go find a quiet, cool place for these feelings to subside. My friend said it could be anxiety attacks, but I don't recollect ever having anxiety attacks. Do these symptoms fit anxiety?

Answered by: Wanda Brothers

My husband is a police detective, and in the last three months, he has been involved in investigating three brutal murders. The things he sees and deals with all day long are gruesome and cruel and I have noticed some changes in him lately. What are some of the symptoms that I should watch out for if I believe he may be suffering from PTSD?

Answered by: Wanda Brothers