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Couples weather bickering with a little help from their friends

New research finds that having good friends and family members to turn to alleviates the stress of everyday conflict between marital partners. Social networks may help provide protection against health problems brought about by ordinary tension between spouses.

Anxiety and the Superwoman Syndrome, Superman Complex

Do you expect yourself to be Superman or Superwoman, a person with powers so great that you can do it all with no side effects like anxiety? If you are, you’re not alone. This pressure to do it all, be everyone to everything, is common enough to have terms attached to them: Superman complex or … Continue reading "Anxiety and the Superwoman Syndrome, Superman Complex"

Looking stressed can help keep the peace

Scratching may have evolved as a communication tool to help social cohesion, new research suggests for the first time.

How To Sit Through a Panic Attack When You Can’t Leave

Sitting through a panic attack without being able to escape is a thought that can inspire a new anxiety attack. Panic attacks can strike seemingly out of the blue, and anxiety attacks hit in response to escalating stress and worry. They...Show More Summary

Cannot sleep due to stress? Here is the cure

Everyone empirically knows that stressful events certainly affect sound sleep. Scientists have found that the active component rich in sugarcane and other natural products may ameliorate stress and help having sound sleep.

Alterations in blood-based miRNA in veterans affected with combat-related PTSD

A small pilot study shows that Individuals affected with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) demonstrate changes in microRNA (miRNA) molecules associated with gene regulation. A controlled study, involving military personnel on deployment to a combat zone in Afghanistan, provided evidence for the role of blood-based miRNAs as candidate biomarkers for symptoms of PTSD.

Social Anxiety and Performance Anxiety Aren’t Your Directors

Social anxiety involves a great deal of fear, worry, and dread. When it comes to anxiety in general, that’s not unique. All types of anxiety disorders involve some type of fear, a whole lot of worry, and an overarching sense of dread. Show More Summary

A Walking Meditation Will Reduce Anxiety–Now

Step outside to take a walking meditation and reduce anxiety immediately. When we feel anxious, stressed, and tense, walking is good for us, both physically and mentally. When we add mindfulness meditation to the act of moving our bodies,...Show More Summary

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.

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