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Are You Genetically Predisposed to Worry?

posted by Linda Mintle

Susan feels she can’t stop worrying no matter how hard she tries. She’s beginning to wonder if she is a born worry. She is asking, “Can worry be genetic?” In 2007, Yale researchers found a gene variation associated with chronic […]

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More Than Worry: Understanding OCD

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s a term we casually throw around, “I’m so OCD.” But for those who suffer, it’s no causal matter. It was 9:00p.m. Eric was rechecking every door in the house to make sure it was locked. He didn’t do this once, or […]

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Feeling Anxious? When Anxiety is Helpful

posted by Linda Mintle

Richard was feeling anxious. If you asked him, this feeling wasn’t helpful. He was asked to give a speech in front of his company and present his findings to the entire staff. All he felt was dread at the idea of […]

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10 Lifestyle Interventions to Reduce Anxiety

posted by Linda Mintle

Anxiety is something we are all familiar with and sometimes struggle to overcome. Certainly, there are the therapy approaches and medications to help with anxiety. But what about lifestyle changes that lessen anxiety and may even be the root cause. Here […]

Taking Charge of Anxious Thoughts

posted by Linda Mintle

About 29% of Americans will experience an anxiety disorder in their lifetimes. Anxiety is that uneasy feeling, apprehension, feeling of danger, doom or misfortune. It can be debilitating or mild. Anxiety can spawn fear, worry, and stress. Negative self-talk is behind […]

7 Ways to Keep Fear From Taking Control

posted by Linda Mintle

Fear is a warning system built into our bodies as a natural reaction to danger. It is healthy to feel fear in the face of danger. It acts like an alarm and prompts us to action. But when fear takes […]

Breaking the Mental Habit of Worry

posted by Linda Mintle

Because worry is in the mind, it is a mental habit that must be broken. Here are a few practical tips to help break the worry habit: Identify the thought behind the worried or anxious feeling. Let it come and […]

Could a Difficult Childhood Age You?

posted by Linda Mintle

Jack was the victim of child abuse growing up. Then, his mother died and he became a ward of the state, in and out of foster homes. His childhood was not only filled with abuse and trauma, but abandonment. As an adult, […]

Treatment Approaches for OCD: What Works

posted by Linda Mintle

In any year, 1% of the U.S. population suffers with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) according to NIMH. OCD is characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce anxiety (obsessions) and behaviors or thoughts that reduce that anxiety (compulsions). Is is often debilitating. […]

The Magic Bullet for Improving Your Brain

posted by Linda Mintle

At 90, my dad was just as sharp witted as ever. One of the secrets of his alert mind was his regular exercise. Every day, no matter the weather, he drove to the mall and walked with several of his […]

Worried? Take Those Thoughts Captive!

posted by Linda Mintle

Worry is one of the easiest things to do considering the world in which we live. We can worry about anything—nuclear war, unrest in the Mideast, a failing economy, our marriage, aging parents, what to wear to a party or […]

Keeping Health Worries at Bay

posted by Linda Mintle

Everyday, we are exposed to new health findings in newspapers, blogs, on-line websites, and news feature. If you listen to them all, you will end up confused, and feeling like your family gets an “F” in health. And all of […]

A Quick Worry Evaluation

posted by Linda Mintle

  BODY: Check for physical tension. Do you have any of the physical signs of anxiety such as a racing or pounding heart, sweaty palms, difficulty breathing, stomach upset, frequent urination or diarrhea, muscle tension, headaches, fatigue or insomnia? Be […]

The 3 Best Ways to Unwind

posted by Linda Mintle

I have a big academic paper  to write. This kind of task, like many we encounter at work, requires sustained energy and focus. But after awhile, we all need a break. So what is the best way to unwind for […]

Listen to How to Let Go of Worry

posted by Linda Mintle

Today’s blog is the link to my radio show, The Dr. Linda Mintle Show, that airs weekly on Victory FM. The show is on Letting Go of Worry. Most of us need help in this area so here is the […]

The Difference Between Worry and Anxiety

posted by Linda Mintle

I was on a national radio program last night talking about anxiety. A caller asked a great question. “What is the difference between worry and anxiety?” Anxiety is that uneasy feeling, apprehension, a feeling of danger, doom or misfortune. Clinically […]

Anxious? Don’t Avoid the Fear.

posted by Linda Mintle

When Julie was a child, she was bitten by a dog and developed a terrible fear of dogs. She desperately wants to overcome that fear. Today, she agreed to visit a good friend who has a small submissive dog. When […]

Anxious? Give Exposure Therapy a Try

posted by Linda Mintle

Let’s say you really want a dog but you are afraid of dogs. Every time you see a dog, you become anxious and move away from the dog. This lowers your dog anxiety but doesn’t help you tolerate a dog […]

Why and How Parents Should Stop Sibling Bullying

posted by Linda Mintle

With all the talk about bullying and its damaging effects on kids, we don’t often hear much about sibling bullying. Isn’t it normal for little Billy to push around his brother Joey? Sibling bully, it turns out, is just as […]

Anxious Child? Face the Fear!

posted by Linda Mintle

You’ve heard it said — face your fears. Well there is more truth in that sentiment then you probably know. You don’t overcome anxiety by avoiding whatever makes you anxious. You overcome it by gradually facing it. Children are no […]

3 Tips to Let Go of Worry

posted by Linda Mintle

Rachel was worried about her finances. Recently divorced, she was barely making payment on all her bills. Her hours at work had been cut, her savings was dwindling and money was tight. She was surviving, but couldn’t stop worrying about […]

Binge Eating? 8 Tips to Help You Stop

posted by Linda Mintle

In the past three months, you have binged on food at least 12 times. You hate that you do it and always feel guilty after, but something inside you compels you to do this (A binge is when you consume a […]

Discouraged? It May Be a Power Outage?

posted by Linda Mintle

Have you ever experienced a power outage? For the past two days, I have. For no apparent reason, I stopped getting power to my house. I felt completely cut off from the world, no TV, computer, ability to cook, or […]

Fear Not…How is This Possible?

posted by Linda Mintle

Fear not…a phrase that appears in 18 books of the Bible. From Genesis to Revelation, angels, prophets, apostles and Christ himself announce that we are not to fear. Job, a righteous man, felt fear and gave in to it. He […]

7 Ways to Address Fear and Live in Peace

posted by Linda Mintle

This past week has served to be a challenge when it comes to fear. People go to work and die in an explosion. Others attend a marathon and lose their limbs. Every day, we are faced with the unknown. If […]

Worried Thoughts? Take Them Captive

posted by Linda Mintle

NEGATIVE THOUGHTS =WORRY=HABIT  Every day now, I hear so much on media that could make me worry all day long! We live in uncertain times, but are not supposed to worry. Worry is a mental habit and is cued by […]

Getting Unstuck From the Black Dots of Anxiety

posted by Linda Mintle

Remember the game, Candyland? In the game, you travel along a multicolored highway to the big candy castle at the top. Along the way, you can land on these black dots and get stuck in what seems like an eternity […]

Post Boston Explosions: 8 Ways to Respond to Fear

posted by Linda Mintle

Fear is a normal response to what was witnessed at the Boston Marathon yesterday. The prospect of harm causes fear. Many were harmed and three people are now dead. Yet we cannot allow fear to get a grip on us […]

5 Tips to Combat Health Worries

posted by Linda Mintle

This morning I am taking my daughter to get her wisdom teeth removed. She can’t wait for it to be over and I feel the same. Even though this is a routine surgery, it is still a surgery and can […]

Who is Really Feeling Stressed?

posted by Linda Mintle

The good news is that stress levels are down for most Americans. We must be doing something right when it comes to handling the opportunities to let stress get the best of us. But one group is not doing so […]

PARENT QUESTION: What to do if my toddler stutters?

posted by Linda Mintle

My daughter is two and half and is beginning to stutter. Up until now, she has been a good talker. But when she gets excited, we’ve noticed she stutters, like her brain can’t catch up to her mouth. We are […]

Reassurance, Identifying Kids at Risk and Forgiveness: Dr. Linda on CBN News

posted by Linda Mintle

This morning I spoke to CBN news about reassuring your children as they return to school after the horrific shootings. Watch this short interview for tips on what to do, how to identify kids at risk and the importance of […]

Ways To Help You Deal with the Connecticut Shootings

posted by Linda Mintle

I’m sure we all feel somewhat traumatized and emotionally exhausted from the events that took place on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut. Our hearts go out to parents and loved ones who will begin […]

Stressed? Take A Holistic Approach to Self-Care During the Holidays

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s hard not to feel stressed during the holiday season. There is so much to do–parties, cleaning, cooking, shopping and gift wrapping .. OK I am getting stressed just listing it all out! This season, don’t let stress get the […]

Peace During the Storm

posted by Linda Mintle

Today, the east coast is being slammed  by the impact of hurricane Sandy. I lived on tidal water and know the fright of those storms, especially  during high tide. The winds sustain and the full moon creates atmospheric problems. How […]

Anxiety: A Common Symptom You Need to Treat

posted by Linda Mintle

Yesterday I was talking on a national radio show about anxiety. We had call ins the entire hour. People wanted to know more about anxiety and how to treat it. If you struggle with anxiety, you join 29% of the […]

How to Stop Anxious Thoughts

posted by Linda Mintle

“I just feel anxious. I’m not thinking anything.” Wrong, you have thoughts behind those anxious feelings. The feelings are so intense that you aren’t aware of the self-talk that precedes anxiety. Negative self-talk is behind anxious feelings. Your thoughts impact […]

Facing Difficult Circumstances? Try Total Praise

posted by Linda Mintle

So many of us are facing difficult circumstances, a diagnosis of cancer, a divorce, a troubled teen or prodigal child, a significant loss….the list could go on. And today marks another anniversary of 911. I remember it like yesterday. Sometimes, […]

Don’t Panic! God Is With You

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s been a stressful week. A friend of mine had his house struck by lighting while he was out of town and it burned to the ground. All their memories were gone in  moments. Another friend is going through a […]

Worried and Can’t Sleep?

posted by Linda Mintle

I couldn’t sleep last night. My mind was racing to solve a problem that needs immediate solving, but is out of my control. I know this is what sets up worry and anxiety so I put into practice what I […]

Scriptural Meditations for When Terror Strikes

posted by Linda Mintle

When Terror Strikes Psalm 34:19–Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivers them out of them all. Proverbs  3:10-11-–Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes, For the Lord […]

24 Ways to Help Children Deal With Fear

posted by Linda Mintle

After the Columbine shootings and other horrific events that can raise fear in children, I wrote an article that included  24 ways to help children deal with fear. In light of recent events, this may be helpful to parents. Coping […]

Is It Wrong to Take Anti-Anxiety Medications?

posted by Linda Mintle

I just received another email from someone who is a Christian and struggling with anxiety. The panic has become so severe that the person isn’t functioning well. The question he asked was, “Is it wrong, a lack of faith, to […]

If You Have Friggatriskaidekaphobia, Today Could Be Tough!

posted by Linda Mintle

If you have Friggatriskaidekaphobia, you and 17 to 21 million other people may have an anxious day today. Today is Friday the 13th. Friggatriskaidekaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13th! And while there is no causal evidence that links […]

The Difference Between Worry and Concern

posted by Linda Mintle

Be anxious about nothing. Is that really possible. It is if you know the difference between worry and concern. Concern is normal. Worry is not! Watch this short video to find out the difference:

Encountering Life Storms: Lessons from Pilots

posted by Linda Mintle

Are you going through a difficult time, what we might call a storm in your life? It could be a health diagnosis, a failing relationship, difficulty at work, parenting problems, etc. We all have problems and issues that pop up […]

Letting Go of Worry: Watch the Interview

posted by Linda Mintle

Do you have relationship, health, job or money worries? The women on Full Circle TV invited me to share thoughts from my book Letting Go of Worry. Watch the interview. It’s a bit longer than usual–about 14 minutes. Enjoy!

7 Tips to Be Anxious About Nothing

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s a tall biblical order–be anxious about nothing. About 40 million of us struggle to follow this command. In my book, Letting Go of Worry, I explain how worry is the mental part of anxiety. To let go of worry […]

Five Ways to De-Stress This Holiday Season

posted by Linda Mintle

As I hear  people talk about how stressed they feel, I am concerned that we don’t over do it and collapse into a state of mess after all the celebration is over. Our reasons for stress are legitimate. There are […]

Signs of Compulsive Shopping

posted by Linda Mintle

” I can’t believe we owe this much money on our credit cards from the holidays! What happened? This debt will take months to pay off and has put us in serious financially trouble.” ” I’m sorry. I guess I […]

5 Reasons We Hang on to Worry

posted by Linda Mintle

Last night I caught myself beginning to worry about something in the near future. I had to stop and do what I know to do. Worry is a mental habit that needs to broken. My new book, Letting Go of […]

What To Do With Worried Thoughts

posted by Linda Mintle

I’ve been doing a number of radio shows because of my new book, Letting Go of Worry. The question continues to be asked, “What do you do with worried thoughts?” First, let me tell you what doesn’t work-trying to suppress […]

Letting Go of Worry Has Been Released in Stores!

posted by Linda Mintle

Letting Go of Worry is officially out now. Tell your friends. Get a copy and a few extras to give to friends. It is possible to live a worry free life and this book will tell you how to do […]

Letting Go of Worry

posted by Linda Mintle

Tomorrow, October 1, is the release of my new book, Letting Go of Worry (Harvest House Publishers). Writing this book really challenged me because worry has been a natural default for me for so long. But the more I looked […]

Be Still and Know

posted by Linda Mintle

A few Sundays ago, a friend of mine presented a spoken word as part of the worship time. Our church embraces the arts and many forms of expressions are encouraged. Spoken word is one of those forms. It was a […]

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Are You Genetically Predisposed to Worry?
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