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Suffering exam-result stress? Relieve the strain with one simple piece of advice

Adopting a ‘this too shall pass’ attitude and mentally projecting themselves into the future could help teenagers deal with stressful situations, suggests new research.

The Meaning of Courage, Anxiety, and You

The word “anxiety” typically isn’t associated with courage. Quite the opposite, anxiety involves fear. Anxiety and fear can work their way through our entire being and lock us in their vice grip. Our thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and relationships are negatively impacted by fear and anxiety. Show More Summary

Adult brains produce new cells in previously undiscovered area

A discovery may lead to new treatments for anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Scientists have discovered that new brain cells are produced in the adult amygdala, a region of the brain important for processing emotional memories. Show More Summary

In terms of health, having any job is not necessarily better than not having a job

People employed in low paying or highly stressful jobs may not actually enjoy better health than those who remain unemployed.

What Causes Anxiety? 10 Reasons Why You Are So Anxious

What causes my anxiety? Why am I so anxious? As if anxiety itself weren’t bad enough, not knowing what causes anxiety can make matters even worse. It’s natural to want to know just what is making you feel the worry and fear of generalized...Show More Summary

What To Do When Anxiety Behaves Like a Mood Disorder

Anxiety disorders and mood disorders are two separate experiences. While both involve thoughts, feelings, and actions that are disruptive to life and disproportionate to circumstances, they have different symptoms (they do often occur together, though). Show More Summary

Muted stress response linked to long-term cannabis use

A new study reveals a dampened physiological response to stress in chronic cannabis users. This is the first study to examine the effects of acute stress on salivary cortisol levels in chronic cannabis users compared to non-users.

Why Hearing Just Get Over It Doesn’t Help Anxiety

If you live with anxiety, chances are pretty good that you’ve heard a well-meaning family member or friend tell you, “Just get over it.” If it were that easy, no one would have anxiety because we’d all get over it and move on. Unfortunately, the idea of just getting over it doesn’t help anxiety, and … Continue reading "Why Hearing Just Get Over It Doesn’t Help Anxiety"

Four Common Ways Anxiety Manipulates You and Causes Symptoms

Anxiety manipulates you. It’s not just you, of course, but anxiety would like you to believe that it’s only you. Anxiety is insidious, creeping and crawling through your brain, your mind, and your body. Anxiety causes its own symptoms but blames them on you. Show More Summary

Hate the Phone? Facts about Phone Anxiety

Do you hate the phone (or, more specifically, talking on the phone)? If so, you’re not alone. I loathe talking on the phone, and I’m always surprised by the people I encounter who confess the same thing. Aversion to the phone exists on a spectrum, ranging from a simple dislike to a much more complex … Continue reading "Hate the Phone? Facts about Phone Anxiety"

Under stress, brains of bulimics respond differently to food

The brains of women with bulimia nervosa react differently to images of food after stressful events than the brains of women without bulimia, magnetic resonance imaging scans suggest.

Finding what's right with children who grow up in high-stress environments

More attention should be given to what's right with children who grow up in high-stress environmentsm, suggests a study, so their unique strengths and abilities can be used to more effectively tailor education, jobs and interventions to fit them.

Gene that could play key role in depression identified

Depression affects more than 300 million people annually. Now, a new study has pinpointed how one particular gene plays a central role -- either protecting from stress or triggering a downward spiral, depending on its level of activ...

PTSD in children quickly and effectively treatable within hours

Children and adolescents with posttraumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) can be successfully treated with only a few hours of EMDR or cognitive behavioral writing therapy (CBWT), report researchers.

Video games offer active military, veterans coping mechanism for stress

While most research on the topic focuses on gaming’s role in clinical settings, new research seeks to understand how everyday gameplay can provide military and veterans self-directed coping strategies to manage their physical and psychological stressors.

Broken heart: Physical stress is a risk factor

The loss of a loved one, a dispute with your neighbour, infections or a fall – mental and physical stress can be triggers of a broken heart (broken heart syndrome). What is more, physical stress seems to be more dangerous than emotional stress, a study shows.

Reckless behavior fuels ongoing stress for some with PTSD

For those with posttraumatic stress disorder, risky and harmful behaviors could lead to more trauma and, in turn, worse PSTD symptoms over time, research concludes.

I Used Mindfulness to Quiet My Anxiety, and This Happened

  I used to be certain that nothing–not even mindfulness–would quiet my anxiety. I found it difficult to be still because of anxiety’s constant stream of racing thoughts, tumultuous emotions, and halting actions. Not only could I not be present in each moment, I didn’t want to be present in each moment. Show More Summary

How to Stay Calm, Anxiety-Free, in a Crisis

When dealing with a crisis, it can be difficult to stay calm and anxiety-free. After all, “crisis” implies catastrophe, disaster, and sometimes even near-Armageddon. In reality, a crisis can be of any size or nature and is something that causes distress to those involved. Show More Summary

When Anxiety is a Broken Record, Change Your Tune

Anxiety can be a broken record. An anxious thought will start to play in the mind, and once it does, it will continue to play over and over and over again. Listening to our anxious thoughts nonstop can make them grow ever bigger and stronger, and we come to believe them. Our worries feel real when anxiety … Continue reading "When Anxiety is a Broken Record, Change Your Tune"

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