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DIY Anxiety Relief: Make 3 Mindfulness Tools

Put your anxiety relief into your own hands with DIY, do-it-yourself, projects. Make objects to add to your growing toolbox of strategies to lower your anxiety. An anxiety toolbox refers to techniques you use to reduce anxiety, both in the immediate moment and long term. Show More Summary

Hair cortisol levels predict which mothers are more likely to suffer postpartum depression

Hair cortisol levels, which is a steroid hormone secreted as a response to stress, are higher in the first and third trimesters of pregnancy for those women that will later suffer postpartum depression, new research indicates.

How well do we perceive other people's stress levels in the workplace

A new study finds that people often project their own experiences with stress onto their colleagues and employees, causing miscommunication and, often, missed opportunities.

Recognizing Personal Rituals of OCD

  Recognizing personal rituals of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can be an important journey of self-discovery. OCD sufferers often have rituals that help lessen their worries and unwanted thoughts. When an OCD sufferer performs a ritual, it can temporarily help relieve anxiety. Show More Summary

Blue lighting is scientifically proven to help us relax faster than white lighting after an argument

Researchers say that blue light accelerates the relaxation process after acute psychosocial stress such as arguing with a friend or when someone pressures you to quickly finish some task.

Reducing the 7 Causes of Holiday Anxiety

Holiday anxiety is a very real experience. Contrary to what greeting cards and advertisements depict, the holidays aren’t always relaxed and happy-go-lucky. Lots of things conspire to make our anxiety spike, and linger, from before Thanksgiving all the way through the New Year. Show More Summary

Anxiety About Side Effects from Psychiatric Medications

I continually struggle with my anxiety concerning side effects from psychiatric medications. These side effects include insomnia, lack of appetite, increased appetite, chronic constipation, dizziness, tremor, lack of energy, and weight gain. Show More Summary

Seven Causes of Holiday Anxiety

The day the calendar turns to November, and often well before that, many people begin to experience holiday anxiety. There are legitimate, and numerous, reasons for this. The seven causes of holiday anxiety discussed below are common. Show More Summary

Locus coeruleus activity linked with hyperarousal in PTSD

A new study has linked signs of heightened arousal and reactivity -- a core symptom of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) -- to overactivity of the locus coeruleus (LC), a brain region that mediates arousal and reactivity. By combining bodily responses and brain imaging data researchers have provided direct human evidence for a theory over 30 years old.

9/11 WTC responders show increased physical disability due to PTSD

A new study of more than 1,100 WTC responders indicates a significant increase in physical disability among the responders.

Mindfulness meditation app works -- but acceptance training component is crucial

A new study found that one component of mindfulness interventions is particularly important for impacting stress biology. Acceptance, or learning how to be open and accepting of the way things are in each moment, is critical for the training's stress reduction effects. Show More Summary

When To See Your Doctor About Your Anxiety Symptoms

As life-disrupting and misery-creating as anxiety can be, it’s often difficult to know when to see your doctor about anxiety symptoms. Learning when to see a doctor for anxiety can help you feel more confident and less anxious about your decision. Show More Summary

When Performance Anxiety Steals the Show

Performance anxiety may prevent me from living my dream of singing professionally. Since junior high school, choir teachers and audience members commented on my anxious stage presence. I loved to sing with other people in unison or harmony, but when it came to solos, I was a nervous wreck. I was the recipient of the … Continue reading "When Performance Anxiety Steals the Show"

Genetic influences on the brain's reward, stress systems underlie co-occurring alcohol use disorder, chronic pain

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) often co-occurs with chronic pain (CP), yet the relationship between the two is complex – involving genetic, neurophysiological, and behavioral elements – and is poorly understood. This review addressed the genetic influences on brain reward and stress systems that neurological research suggests may contribute to the co-occurrence of AUD and CP.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for Anxiety Treatment

Mindfulness-based stress reduction, or MBSR, is much more than just a long, official-sounding, somewhat intimidating name. MBSR is an accessible process that helps people of all ages, beliefs, and backgrounds turn stress and struggles like anxiety into positive change for their lives. Show More Summary

Negative Comments and Unsolicited Advice About Anxiety

I receive a lot of negative comments and unsolicited advice as an anxiety sufferer. The average person who has experienced anxiety may think that he has some helpful comments and suggestions for you. Some anxiety management ideas may, in fact, be helpful. Show More Summary

How to Deal with Both Anxiety and Irritability

Anxiety and irritability are often connected. Ever have days when, in addition to feeling wired and anxious, you feel irritated and annoyed at almost everything—and everyone? Anxiety has a way of turning this into a growing problem.Show More Summary

Step-by-Step Plan to Get Through the Day with Anxiety

It can seem impossible to get through an entire day when you have anxiety. Anxiety can be severe, and it can make hard to get out of bed in the morning, let alone function. Having a step-by-step plan will help you get through your day despite overwhelming anxiety. Show More Summary

Introduction to Cheryl Slavin, Author of ‘Anxiety-Shmanxiety’

I’m Cheryl Slavin, the new co-author of Anxiety-Schmanxiety. I have had symptoms of my primary disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), since I was five years old. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) was also an early companion....Show More Summary

Are You Your Own Worst Enemy?

Like many people, you may negate everything you do and blow things up as if your mistakes are the worst that one can imagine. Learn how to answer that self-critic.

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