Tori Rodriguez

Tori Rodriguez, MA, LPC, AHC, is an Atlanta-based journalist, licensed psychotherapist and Ayurvedic health coach, creator of the body-positive wellness company Bettie Page Fitness, and author of two books – The Little Book of Bettie: Taking a Page from the Queen of Pinups and Bettie Page: The Lost Years. She holds a BS in psychology from Georgia State University and an MA in counseling psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology. Tori has also managed a medical practice and was instrumental in developing Georgia’s multi-specialty telemedicine program.

You don’t have to reach for medication to find relief from anxiety. Find out what natural remedies relieve anxiety and can help you, without the side effects of drugs. It’s human nature to feel anxious at certain times, like on the first day of a new job or while giving a public speech. For many people, however, those jitters don’t pass once the high-stress situation is over. If that’s true for you, you’re in good company: An estimated 19% of American adults suffer from anxiety disorders in a given year, making them the top mental health disorders in the United States.…

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If you find yourself feeling on edge for no apparent reason while taking a cold medicine or diuretic, you most likely wouldn’t connect the two. However, anxiety happens to be just one of many mood-altering symptoms that can be brought on by certain meds. “Many medications, whether prescribed or found over the counter, can cause psychiatric symptoms,” says Shiyun Kim, PharmD, BCACP, BCPP, CDE, a clinical pharmacist and clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, and a spokesperson for the American Pharmacists Association. She explains that a wide range of factors influence the way…

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