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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"

We Have a Negativity Bias That Causes Anxiety

The human brain has a negativity bias, and it is partially because of this negatively skewed view of our world that we experience anxiety. Studies have shown that the brain notices the negative more quickly and more frequently than it notices the positive. Show More Summary

Ten Steps to Overcoming Need for Approval

A friend of mine told me in college, "no matter what you do, some people won't like you."

4 Post Grad Stress Management Tips

While many college students yearn for the moment they can finally walk across the stage and earn their diploma, there is also a certain amount of anxiety for the future. Whether you have already found your dream job or simply filling the time until a better opportunity arrives, the transition from college student to graduate […]

Anxiety and Panic Overstimulate the Brain–Mindfulness Helps

Anxiety and panic can overstimulate the brain, rocket our senses into hyperactivity and making us feel wired. When we feel keyed-up and on edge, it can feel as though nothing will help. Here we are at risk of jumping right out of our...Show More Summary

Shedding Light on Anxiety and Sunlight

Researchers are beginning to shed light on the relationship between anxiety and sunlight, and it’s becoming evident that the sun is linked to anxiety and possibly even panic disorder. The connection between sunlight and depression has long been established. Show More Summary

Create a Morning Ritual to Calm Anxiety

It’s possible to calm the anxiety you experience during the day simply by creating a morning ritual. Whether anxiety obnoxiously wakes you before your alarm sounds or greets you loudly the moment you’re awake, beginning the day with anxious thoughts, troubled emotions, and agitated bodily sensations is exhausting and discouraging. Show More Summary

Prenatal stress predisposes female mice to binge eating

Stress changes our eating habits, but the mechanism may not be purely psychological, research in mice suggests. A study has found that stressed mouse mothers were more likely to give birth to pups that would go on to exhibit binge-eating-like behavior later in life. Show More Summary

Too much stress for the mother affects the baby through amniotic fluid

If the mother is stressed over a longer period of time during pregnancy, the concentration of stress hormones in amniotic fluid rises, as proven by an interdisciplinary team of researchers. Short-term stress situations, however, do not seem to have an unfavorable effect on the development of the fetus.

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