Communicating with Someone with Anxiety
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Dr. Kristyn Gregory, D.O., is a medical director of behavioral health at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Dr. Gregory received her medical degree from the Chicago School of Osteopathic Medicine. She then completed residency training in Adult Psychiatry at Henry Ford, and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Wayne State University. She is board-certified in Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has practiced in a variety of settings in the metro Detroit area including inpatient, residential, outpatient, school-based and juvenile justice programs.
- Deep breathing: Take long, deep breaths. Breathe in for four counts, hold the breath for six counts, and exhale for eight counts.
- Journal: Write down what’s causing the anxiety. Ask: “what is the worst thing that could happen? What’s the probability of it happening?” It’s very likely none of the worst-case scenarios will happen.
- Exercise: Regular exercise can calm an anxious mind.
- Yoga and stretching: The combination of breathing and stretching can provide a sense of calm and relaxation.
- Avoid caffeine: Too much caffeine can mimic feelings of anxiety or panic.
- Abdominal cramps
- Chest pain
- Chills or hot flashes
- Difficulty breathing
- Feeling detached