Category Archives: Stress and Anxiety

When I can’t fall asleep…?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, When I can’t fall asleep, should I stay in bed and keep trying or get up and do something? A: It is important to prepare yourself for the resting period at night. Follow this simple regime: • Do not eat at least two hours prior to going to bed; in fact,…

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Daily habits to release stress?

Q: What are some habits that will help me release the stress and tension that builds up in my busy day? A: Here are some healthy habits you can integrate into your daily grind to free yourself from stress forever: 1. Cut out caffeine because it stimulates the adrenaline release. Give up the cup of…

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Health effects of daily stress?

Q: My life is very stressful; what are the health implications of working under daily stress and strain? A: Stress has become a part of the fabric of our busy lives, but it wreaks havoc on our health and our lives. When you are under mental pressure, adrenaline is released from the adrenal gland that…

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How to get off Valium?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I have severe anxiety for which I am prescribed Valium. What can I do to get off these pills? A: Anxiety, just like physical pain, is a body’s response to let you know that something is not right. When your body sends you pain signals, it is telling you that some…

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Breathing method to stay calm?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I feel very stressed lately. Can you recommend a breathing method to help me stay calm throughout the day? A: For overcoming stress, try this deep, slow breathing exercise: 1. Sit in a comfortable chair in a quiet place. 2. Sit on the tip of the chair with your back erect….

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Switching from Xanax to kava?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, How difficult is it to make the switch from Xanax to kava? A: If you are taking Xanax or other drugs in the benzodiazepine family, switching to kava will be very difficult. You must seek a doctor’s supervision because withdrawal symptoms can be severe and even life threatening. Additionally, if you…

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Kava safe for use?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Is kava safe to use for anxiety? A: When used appropriately, kava appears to be safe. Kava makes some people quite drowsy. I don’t recommend driving after using kava until you discover how strongly it affects you. One study suggests that kava does not amplify the effects of alcohol. However, there…

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Kava has positive effect on panic?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Does kava really have a positive effect on anxiety? A: In Europe, the herb kava is widely prescribed for anxiety. Kava is a member of the pepper family that has long been cultivated by Pacific Islanders for use as a social and ceremonial drink. According to studies, kava appears to be…

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Natural approach for treating anxiety disorders?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I suffer from anxiety disorders that sometimes result in panic attacks. How can I treat this disorder? I would like to try a more natural approach if possible. A: The medical treatment of anxiety usually involves anti-anxiety drugs, such as Xanax, BuSpar, or antidepressant drugs may also be helpful. Panic attacks…

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How to recognize panic disorder?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I am feeling anxious all the time in my daily life. Do you think it could be an anxiety disorder? How do I recognize the symptoms of an anxiety disorder? A: Typical symptoms of anxiety disorder include feelings of tension, irritability, worry, frustration, turmoil, and hopelessness, along with insomnia, restless sleep,…

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