Psychological Problems

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Anxiety, Phobias and Panic Attacks

Normally, fear and anxiety can he helpful, helping us to avoid dangerous situations, making us alert and giving us the motivation to deal with problems. However, if the feelings become too strong or go for too long, they can stop us from doing the things we want to and can make our lives miserable.Anxiety in […]

Depression and Diving

Depressive Disorders (Depression and Manic Depression) (Bipolar disorder) Depressive and manic depressive illnesses are the two major types of depressive illness, also known as affective disorders, or mood disorders, because they primarily affect a person’s mood. Different terms, respectively, include unipolar and bipolar disorder. In this section, we will predominately discuss major depressive disorder and […]

ADD/ADHD and Diving

ADHD or ADD is brain disorder affecting children early in life and continuing on into adulthood in some adults. The individuals display certain characteristic behaviors over a period of time, including, inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. This brain disorder, usually recognized early in life, is manifested by an inability to concentrate or sustain attention. It may […]

Panic Attacks and the Blue Orb Syndrome

Recent studies are beginning to suggest that episodes of panic or near-panic may explain many recreational diving accidents and possibly throw light on the cause of some diving fatalities. Most think of scuba diving as taking place in a serene paradise surrounded by beauty and the thrill of weightlessness, but in a recent national survey, […]


What is Hyperventilation Hyperventilation is the breathing response kicked off by chemical changes in the blood such as high CO2 or low oxygen level. It can also be set off by an acute panic attack or anxiety attack. It occurs mainly in out of shape, inexperienced divers or in divers with malfunctioning regulators. It can […]
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