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Managing Anxiety

Posted 2 Nov 2017 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 – A little bit of stress can motivate you, but too much might cause an anxiety disorder that can prevent you from living your life to the fullest. If you feel anxious on a daily basis, try making changes to your lifestyle to manage anxiety on your own. Exercise regularly to release the body's endorphins, natural feel-good chemicals. Set a goal of 30 minutes at least five ...

Meditation Can Help Improve Focus in People With Anxiety

Posted 7 May 2017 by

FRIDAY, May 5, 2017 – People who tend to ruminate and dwell on the same anxious thoughts could benefit from mindful meditation, a new study finds. Mindful meditation involves purposefully paying attention to the present moment without judgment. Researchers from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, found that just 10 minutes daily of mindful meditation can improve focus among people ...

Tiny Babies May Face Mental Health Problems Later

Posted 13 Feb 2017 by

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 – Extremely low birth weight babies may be at increased risk for mental health problems later in life, a new review suggests. Researchers examined 41 studies conducted from 1990 to 2016. The studies included more than 2,700 extremely low birth weight babies (less than 1,000 grams, or just over 2 pounds) and more than 11,000 normal birth weight babies in the United States, ...

Stress Buster

Posted 13 Feb 2017 by

-- The same system that activates the stress response in your body – the autonomic nervous system – also regulates other functions, including heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rate. But unlike most autonomic functions, which are hard or impossible to control, you can easily take control of your breathing. When you're stressed, your breathing tends to become quick and shallow. So ...

If You Can't Stay Off Social Media, Maybe It's in Your Genes

Posted 27 Jan 2017 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2017 – How many hours you devote to social networking, gaming and other online media may depend on your genes, British researchers report. People differ significantly in their use of online media, and researchers are trying to determine why. This new study of twins gives DNA some of the credit. Researchers at King's College London analyzed online media use by more than 8,500 ...

For People With Mental Health Woes, Pets Can Be Invaluable

Posted 9 Dec 2016 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 – Cats, dogs, birds and other pets can help people manage their mental disorders, a new study says. Researchers from the United Kingdom asked more than 50 adults with long-term mental conditions about the role pets play in their social networks. Sixty percent placed pets in the central and most important circle – above family, friends and hobbies. Another 20 percent placed ...

Could Loneliness Be an Early Sign of Alzheimer's?

Posted 2 Nov 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2, 2016 – Subtle feelings of loneliness might warn of impending Alzheimer's disease in older folks, a new study suggests. Healthy seniors with elevated brain levels of amyloid – a type of protein fragment associated with Alzheimer's disease – seem more likely to feel lonely than people with lower levels of amyloid, researchers found. "For people who have high levels of amyloid ...

Homeless, Mentally Ill Youth Benefit From Housing Program

Posted 28 Sep 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 – A subsidized independent-living intervention appears to help homeless young people with mental illness get and keep a roof over their heads, a new Canadian study indicates. Called Housing First, the program has previously been tested with homeless adults with mental illness, and has been found to improve housing stability and quality of life, the researchers said. ...

Women More Prone to Anxiety Than Men, Review Finds

Posted 6 Jun 2016 by

MONDAY, June 6, 2016 – Struggling with anxiety? Then odds are you're a woman and you live in either North America or Western Europe. That's the conclusion of a new British study that found that women are twice as likely to suffer from anxiety as men. Moreover, people in North America and Western Europe are more prone to anxiety disorders than those from other parts of the world. In North ...

How to Tell If Your Teen Has a Mental Health Problem

Posted 29 Mar 2016 by

TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 – Mood swings and other challenging behaviors are normal in teens, which can make it difficult for parents to spot serious mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, an expert says. One in five teens will develop a serious mental health disorder, with most beginning by age 15. In many cases, however, they don't receive treatment until years later, according to ...

Health Tip: Is Your Child Stressed?

Posted 4 Mar 2016 by

-- Children and teens aren't immune to stress. But can parents recognize the warning signs? The American Psychological Association mentions these potential symptoms: Acting moody or withdrawn. Having sleep or appetite changes. Clinging to parents. Avoiding activities that used to excite the child. Complaining frequently of headache or stomachache without an apparent cause. Behaving unusually ...

Health Tip: Supporting a Child Who Struggles With Anxiety

Posted 26 Feb 2016 by

-- Parents can provide lots of comfort and reassurance to a fearful child. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America advises: Acknowledge your child's feelings. When he or she begins feeling anxious, remain calm. Offer praise and recognition for your child's accomplishments. If your child is struggling to progress or makes mistakes, don't punish the child. During a time that is ...

Social Groups May Lengthen Retirees' Lives

Posted 16 Feb 2016 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 16, 2016 – Staying socially active by joining book clubs or church groups may add years to your life after retirement, a new study suggests. The more groups a person belongs to in early retirement, the lower their risk of premature death, Australian researchers found. The chance of dying within six years of stopping work was 2 percent for people who were members of two social ...

Mental Disorders Increasing for Younger Smokers

Posted 29 Jan 2016 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2016 – Although fewer Americans are smoking, the rates of psychiatric disorders among those who do – particularly more recent smokers – are on the rise, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from 25,000 people born in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s and found that the national smoking rate has been falling since the 1960s. But the percentage of ...

Kindergartners With Traumatic Life Experiences Struggle More in School

Posted 14 Jan 2016 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 14, 2016 – Childhood traumas of various sorts can cause kindergartners to struggle in class as well as life, new research contends. A study of more than 1,000 urban children showed those with difficult experiences up until age 5 had math and reading difficulties and difficulty focusing in kindergarten, and were also more likely to have social problems and to be aggressive toward ...

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