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Reduce Anxiety by Focusing Your Thoughts

  A powerful way to reduce anxiety is by taking charge of your own thoughts. We can do this by focusing our thoughts. A frustrating thing about anxiety is that it seems to take over. It invades our thoughts and runs wild with them. All types of anxiety involve racing thoughts, and racing thoughts are … Continue reading "Reduce Anxiety by Focusing Your Thoughts"

My So-Called Life With Social Anxiety Disorder

My life with social anxiety disorder (SAD) isn’t much of a life. When faced with strangers, I avoid physical proximity, eye contact, and small talk. Though normally well-spoken, the attention of others causes me to stumble over my words. Show More Summary

Two Main Causes of Anxiety That You Can Do Something About

Sometimes, knowing the main causes of anxiety isn’t necessary. Sometimes, it’s not even desirable because working to uncover the causes of your anxiety could do more harm than good. There are times, however, that knowing the main cause of your anxiety can be very helpful because it gives you something tangible to address. Show More Summary

Patients with post-traumatic stress disorder respond differently to certain sounds, research finds

A new neurobiological marker have have just been found to help recognize patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Stop the Anxious Running Commentary in Your Head

Anxiety jabbers incessantly, creating maddening and anxious running commentary in our heads. To make it worse, anxiety acts as a translator and interprets what we hear and see, twisting things into its own warped ideas. With anxiety translating messages we receive, we often misinterpret the world around us. Show More Summary

Mothers of teens with autism report higher levels of stress, but optimism can be a buffer

Researchers found that mothers of teenagers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or intellectual disability (ID) reported higher levels of stress and other negative psychological symptoms -- think depression or anxiety -- than mothers of teenagers with typical development (TD). Show More Summary

My Life Is Chaos but I Must Cope with Anxiety Anyway

My life is chaos and that makes coping with anxiety difficult. In this house, there is always something going on, whether it’s family drama, the dogs barking at everything, or something essential changing. At present, there is no clear path to my desk because my aunt recently moved in. Show More Summary

Play a Gratitude Game to Reduce Anxiety

Mental health experts agree: feeling and expressing gratitude reduces anxiety. However, when you live with anxiety, it hardly seems possible that gratitude can lower anxiety. For one thing, it can be challenging to find things for which to feel grateful when you’re living in the grips of anxiety. Show More Summary

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

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