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Child's Popularity May Rely on Understanding Others

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WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2015 – Children who are tuned in to what others want, think and feel are more popular in school than those who aren't as good at understanding others, a new review indicates. "Our study suggests that understanding others' mental perspectives may facilitate the kind of interactions that help children become or remain popular," said review leader Virginia Slaughter, head of the psychology department of the University of Queensland in Australia. For the report, published April 15 in the journal Child Development, researchers analyzed 20 studies that included nearly 2,100 children aged 2 to 10 in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. The strength of the link between being able to figure out what others think and feel and popularity was similar for preschoolers and older children. This suggests that this ability is important for making friends at an early age and ... Read more

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Behavioral Therapy Deemed Best for Social Phobia

Posted 26 Sep 2014 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 26, 2014 – Antidepressants are commonly used to treat social phobia, but a new report argues that "talk therapy" is the better first option. In a review of 101 clinical trials, researchers found that "cognitive behavioral therapy" often helped people with social phobia – a type of anxiety disorder where people have a deep fear of being judged by others or embarrassed in public. The more common approach to tackling social anxiety – antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) – also helped, the review found. But cognitive behavioral therapy showed even bigger "effect sizes" across studies that tested it, the researchers report in the Sept. 26 online issue of The Lancet Psychiatry. SSRIs include widely prescribed medications such as Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft. While the drugs can ease symptoms of social anxiety, they can also have side effects, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Warning Signs of Social Anxiety Disorder

Posted 25 Apr 2014 by

-- Social anxiety disorder can make seemingly simple social engagements seem like a nightmare. The U.S. National Institute on Mental Health says common symptoms of social anxiety disorder include: Finding it difficult and nerve-wracking to have a conversation with other people. Feeling extremely embarrassed and self-conscious in front of others. Having constant fear of being judged by others. Avoiding social activities or worrying for weeks before an event. Having difficulty making friends and maintaining friendships. Having physical symptoms such as trembling, blushing, sweating or feeling nauseous when around others. Read more

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Parents' Social Anxiety May Raise Kids' Risk for Anxiety Disorder

Posted 7 Nov 2012 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7 – Parental social anxiety should be considered a risk factor for childhood anxiety, according to researchers. In a new study, researchers from Johns Hopkins Children's Center found that kids with parents who have social anxiety disorder – the most common form of anxiety – are at greater risk for developing an anxiety disorder than kids whose parents have other forms of anxiety. The study revealed that the parental behaviors that contributed to children's anxiety included a lack of warmth and affection as well as high levels of criticism and doubt. "There is a broad range of anxiety disorders, so what we did was home in on social anxiety, and we found that anxiety-promoting parental behaviors may be unique to the parent's diagnosis and not necessarily common to all those with anxiety," the study's senior investigator, Golda Ginsburg, professor of child and adolescent ... Read more

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Social Phobia in Teens Goes Beyond Shyness

Posted 17 Oct 2011 by

MONDAY, Oct. 17 – Social phobia is not simply shyness that has been exaggerated by psychiatrists and drug makers, according to a new study that compared rates of shyness and social phobia among American teens. Social phobia, also called social anxiety, is a disabling condition characterized by extremely high levels of self-consciousness and anxiety. Some experts have suggested that the condition is a "medicalization" of a normal variation in shyness levels or that it has been publicized by psychiatrists and drug makers in order to increase sales of psychiatric drugs, especially among youth. In the new study, researchers from the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health examined shyness and social phobia rates among more than 10,000 teens aged 13 to 18 who took part in a national survey. About half of the teens said they were shy, but only 12 percent of the shy teens met the criteria ... Read more

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City Living Tied to More Anxiety, Mood Disorders

Posted 22 Jun 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, June 22 – People who are born and raised in cities have a greater lifetime risk for anxiety and mood disorders due to the impact that city living appears to have on two brain regions that regulate emotion and stress, a new international study indicates. The findings may lead to new ways to improve the quality of life for city dwellers, according to the researchers. Previous studies found that urban residents have a 21 percent increased risk for anxiety disorders and a 39 percent increased risk for mood disorders. They also have nearly twice the rate of schizophrenia compared to people who don't live in cities, said study co-author Jens Pruessner, of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal. He and his colleagues in Germany used functional MRI to study the brain activity of healthy volunteers from urban and rural areas. They found that city dwellers had ... Read more

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Health Tip: Dealing With Anxiety

Posted 13 May 2011 by

-- Anxiety can quickly spiral out of control and interfere with daily life. But there are techniques that will allow you to regain control, the American Academy of Family Physicians says. The academy offers these suggestions: Schedule 30 minutes each day to think about the things that are concerning you. Save your worry for those designated times. Think less about what will happen and concern yourself more with what's happening now. Practice relaxation techniques such as muscle relaxation or deep breathing. Get plenty of regular exercise and enough sleep. Don't abuse drugs or drink alcohol. Restrict or eliminate caffeine. Deal with things that have caused you anxiety in the past. Start by visualizing how you will deal with these factors. Doing so will help you deal with them for real. Talk about your fears with your doctor. He or she can help you devise a plan for how to better cope ... Read more

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'Talk Therapy' Can Alter Brain Activity, Research Shows

Posted 16 Feb 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 16 – Psychotherapy triggers changes in the brains of people with social anxiety disorder, finds a new study. Medication and psychotherapy are used to treat people with social anxiety, a common disorder in which people experience overwhelming fear of interacting with others and of being harshly judged. But there's been far less research on the neurological effects of psychotherapy (talk therapy) than on medication-induced brain changes. The new Canadian study included 25 adults with social anxiety disorder who underwent 12 weekly sessions of group cognitive behavior therapy, which is meant to help patients identify and challenge their unhealthy thinking patterns. These clinical group patients were compared to two control groups who tested either extremely high or low for symptoms of social anxiety but received no psychotherapy. All of the participants underwent a series ... Read more

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U.S. Sees Slowdown in Spending on Mental Health

Posted 5 Feb 2011 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 4 – The amount of money spent on psychiatric drugs in the United States continues to grow but at a much slower rate than in previous years, a new federal government study has found. From 2004 to 2005, spending on psychiatric drugs rose 5.6 percent, compared with an increase of 27.3 percent between 1999 and 2000, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The agency's analysis of health-care costs from 1986 to 2005, the latest year comparable data is available, also found that spending on behavioral health accounts for a decreasing portion of overall health-care costs. Of the $1.85 trillion spent on all health-care services in the United States in 2005, behavioral health spending accounted for 7.3 percent ($135 billion). During the 20 years analyzed in the study, spending for mental health and substance abuse health care grew more slowly ... Read more

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New College Students Urged to Confront Their Social Anxiety

Posted 29 Aug 2010 by

SATURDAY, Aug. 28 – Anxiety can be a problem for some college and university freshmen, but there are a number of ways they can cope with new experiences and challenges, an expert suggests. The first step is to get to know your anxiety, Martin M. Antony, a psychology professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, advises in a university news release. Understanding the nature of your discomfort can help reduce your anxiety, he explains. Ask yourself what triggers your anxiety and if there are certain situations that make you feel uncomfortable, such as making friends, giving presentations, speaking with professors, or being stared at by others. Examine the thoughts and predictions that contribute to your anxiety. For example, do you worry what others may think about you or that others may regard you as incompetent, boring or unattractive, or that you'll be embarrassed or humiliated? ... Read more

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Psych Drugs Gaining Widespread Acceptance

Posted 16 Dec 2009 by

FRIDAY, July 31 – A growing number of Americans now have a positive opinion on psychiatric medications, a new study contends. About five out of six people surveyed felt psychiatric medications could help people control psychiatric symptoms, but many also expected the medications could help people deal with day-to-day stresses, help them feel better about themselves and make things easier with family and friends. "People's attitudes regarding psychiatric medications became more favorable between 1998 and 2006," said study author Dr. Ramin Mojtabai, an associate professor in the department of mental health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. Mojtabai expressed concern, however, that people's attitudes were increasingly positive, even in situations where there might not be a proven benefit to the drugs. "My hope would be for people to be more discriminating in ... Read more

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Beta Blocker Blocks Feelings of Bad Memories

Posted 15 Feb 2009 by

SUNDAY, Feb. 15 – Imagine being able to decouple bad memories from the fear and anxiety they produce with just a pill. That's the promise of a new report from Dutch researchers published in the Feb. 15 advance online issue of Nature Neuroscience. Merel Kindt and colleagues used a beta blocker called propranolol (Inderal) to erase, at least in the short-term, the fear response induced by a laboratory-induced painful memory in humans. Such findings could one day help individuals suffering from pathological anxiety disorders from the debilitating physiological effects of their fears. Yet many questions remain, experts note, such as how permanent the effect is, and whether it can affect traumatic memories that may be decades old. "I think it's a very interesting and exciting study," said Jane Taylor, a professor of psychiatry at Yale University, who studies memory reconsolidation in rats. ... Read more

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