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Panic Attacks, Anxiety Attacks are Real

People who live with anxiety and panic know that anxiety attacks and panic attacks are real. Unfortunately, not everyone understands that panic attacks and anxiety attacks are legitimate physical and emotional experiences. Recently, I was watching a show in which a character’s doctor informed him that he had had a panic attack. Show More Summary

Five Ways to Overcome Anxiety and the Imposter Syndrome

Overcoming a type of anxiety known as the imposter syndrome often seems impossible. The imposter syndrome is a crushing anxiety that can plague high-achieving individuals, making them fear being discovered as a fraud, a phony, a fake, a man or woman undeserving of being where he or she is. Show More Summary

Anxiety and the Imposter Syndrome: They’ll Figure Me Out

  While it’s not categorized as an official anxiety disorder in the DSM-5, the imposter syndrome is a very real, often paralyzing, form of anxiety. It’s not something that’s often discussed, at least not openly. It can’t be. People who...Show More Summary

Mental Health First Aid for Anxiety

Mental health first aid can refer to a formal educational program that trains people to identify, understand, and respond to people showing signs of mental illness. It’s also a concept that we can all use to treat our anxiety when it flares and threatens to damage us in some way. Taking action to keep a … Continue reading "Mental Health First Aid for Anxiety"

Responding to Anxiety When It Says You Can’t

When anxiety says you can’t _____ (fill in the blank with whatever it is you think you can’t do), it’s frustrating, and it can be tempting to give up. Why bother trying to move forward when anxiety is screaming at you, attempting to convince you that you can’t do something? There are important reasons we … Continue reading "Responding to Anxiety When It Says You Can’t"

Stress can increase empathy

Acute psychosocial stress leads to increased empathy and prosocial behavior. An international team of researchers investigated the effects of stress on neural mechanisms and tested the relationship between empathy and prosocial behavior in a new experiment.

How stress controls hemoglobin levels in blood

Scientists have revealed an entirely new mechanism through which hemoglobin gene expression is regulated by stress.

What happens when patients access their mental health providers' notes?

Thanks to electronic health records and online portals, more and more patients have access to the notes their clinicians write about their health care visits. A new study offers insight into the potential for this feature, known as OpenNotes, to help -- or hurt -- patients' trust in their mental health clinicians.

Successful insomnia treatment may require nothing more than a placebo

A new study indicates that successful treatment for insomnia may not actually require complicated neurofeedback (direct training of brain functions). Rather, it appears patients who simply believe they're getting neurofeedback training appear to get the same benefits.

Repetitive head injuries may not cause movement problems for former NFL players

Former NFL players who had repeated head injuries may not have significant problems with motor functions later in life, according to a preliminary study.

How the brain maintains useful memories

Researchers have discovered a reason why we often struggle to remember the smaller details of past experiences.

Gene that helps form trauma-related memories may also help prevent PTSD

A specific gene that helps form memories from traumatic events can be manipulated, and in doing so may actually help prevent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a new study.

New insights into brain circuit for hunger responses during starvation

Researchers uncover mechanism by which hypothalamic neural signaling drives hunger responses to survive starvation.

Generating improvement in spinal cord injuries

Results from an ongoing treatment for spinal cord injury research study were announced by the biotechnology company that manufactures AST-OPC1.

Stress a common seizure trigger in epilepsy, UC study affirms

The relationship between stress and seizures has been well documented over the last 50 years. A recent review article in the European journal Seizure, by researchers at University of Cincinnati Epilepsy Center at the UC Gardner Neuroscience...Show More Summary

It's true: The sound of nature helps us relax

Playing 'natural sounds' affects the bodily systems that control the flight-or-fright and rest-digest autonomic nervous systems, with associated effects in the resting activity of the brain, new research shows.

Cortisol excess hits natural DNA process and mental health hard

High concentrations of the stress hormone cortisol in the body affect important DNA processes and increase the risk of long-term psychological consequences. These relationships are evident in a study on patients with Cushing’s Syndrome,...Show More Summary

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Proven Effectiveness

Our patients deserve treatments that work—treatments that have empirical support. CBT is that treatment.

Living with Uncertainty:

What is the probability that the plane will crash? Almost zero. Or, that you will lose all your money in the market? Almost zero. But then you say, “Yes, but it could happen!!"

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