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Helping Your Kids Cope With Your Divorce

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 – Kids react to divorce in different ways. One may be sad and let schoolwork slip. Another might be anxious or angry and act out these feelings. A third might pretend not to have any feelings about it at all. Here are steps you might take to help your children navigate this difficult time for the entire family. Before you actually tell your kids about the impending divorce, practice what you'll say about your decision without any anger. You want to make clear that the divorce is not their fault, the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry states. If possible, both parents should be present. Be prepared to answer your kids' questions about how their lives will change, such as where everyone will live and whether they'll need to switch schools. If you feel the need to criticize or blame your partner, do it away from home and the children and with a ... Read more

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Chronic Pain Common in Adults With Depression, Anxiety

Posted 6 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 – Chronic pain afflicts about half of adults who have anxiety or depression, a new study finds. More than 5,000 adults in Brazil diagnosed with anxiety or mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder were asked about other health problems. Among those with a mood disorder, half reported chronic pain; 33 percent, respiratory diseases; 10 percent, heart disease; 9 percent, arthritis; and 7 percent, diabetes. Among those with anxiety, 45 percent reported chronic pain; 30 percent, respiratory diseases; and 11 percent each for arthritis and heart disease. Adults with two or more chronic diseases had an increased risk of a mood or anxiety disorder. High blood pressure was associated with both disorders at 23 percent, according to the Columbia University study published online June 1 in the Journal of Affective Disorders. Senior author Dr. Silvia Martins said ... Read more

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When a Divorce Turns Bitter, Kids' Immune Systems May Pay a Price

Posted 5 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 5, 2017 – An unfriendly divorce can raise a child's risk of colds in adulthood, a new study suggests. "Early life stressful experiences do something to our physiology and inflammatory processes that increase risk for poorer health and chronic illness," explained researcher Michael Murphy of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. "This work is a step forward in our understanding of how family stress during childhood may influence a child's susceptibility to disease 20-40 years later," Murphy said in a university news release. He's a psychology postdoctoral research associate. The study found that children whose parents separate and don't speak are at increased risk for colds as adults. Previous research has shown that adults who experience the split of parents during childhood are at increased risk for poorer health. The authors of this new study believe their work may ... Read more

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MS-Related Brain Changes May Affect Social Skills

Posted 1 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 – Subtle brain changes may explain why some people with multiple sclerosis (MS) lose their ability to interpret clues about what other people are thinking and feeling, a new study suggests. Until now, there has been little study of the way MS affects the so-called "social brain." Portuguese researchers wanted to learn why some people with MS develop a social disconnect that can hurt relationships and breed isolation. It doesn't happen to everyone with MS, but experts agree that it's a big deal for those who experience it. "It could interfere with all spheres of social interaction," said lead researcher Dr. Sonia Batista, a neurologist at the University of Coimbra in Portugal. "The ability to interpret other people's feelings and intentions may influence people's ability to maintain a job and their relationships with family and friends," said Batista. That's ... Read more

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Does Dad Time With Infants Boost Babies' IQ?

Posted 31 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 30, 2017 – If you're a new father, spending plenty of time with your baby could boost his or her mental development, a new study suggests. British researchers looked at how 128 fathers interacted with their infants at 3 months of age. When the kids turned 2, the researchers measured their mental development. Infants whose fathers were more engaged and active when playing with them in their first few months of life did better on thinking skills tests at age 2 than other infants. Many factors have a major influence a child's development, and this study wasn't designed to prove a cause-and-effect relationship. But these findings suggest that father-child interactions at a young age are an influencing factor, the researchers said. The researchers didn't see any differences based on the gender of the baby. Dad's interactions had a positive influence on thinking skills for both ... Read more

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Helping Ease Kids' Fears After Manchester Terror Attack

Posted 23 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 – As reports of the carnage at Monday's Ariana Grande show in Manchester, England, continue to pour in, many teens with tickets to concerts during the coming summer music season may be reluctant to attend an event. But child and adolescent psychiatrists say it's important that parents let their teens follow through on their plans, even if the adults themselves are anxious about their letting kids go out. "It's never good for teenagers to learn the lesson that they need to avoid things that scare them," said Dr. Matthew Lorber, a child and adolescent psychiatrist with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "You have to face your fears. "Now, that's going to conflict with parents' own fears," Lorber added. "But we wind up having teenagers who grow up to be highly anxious adults with things like panic attacks when they learn the message from their parents to be afraid ... Read more

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Women Aren't Better at Reading People's Faces After All

Posted 19 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 – When it comes to spotting a familiar face, men are just as gifted as women, a new study suggests. The finding contradicts the widely held belief that women are better at recognizing faces and reading facial expressions than men are, the Penn State researchers said. "There has been common lore in the behavioral literature that women do better than men in many types of face-processing tasks, such as face recognition and detecting and categorizing facial expressions, although, when you look in the empirical literature, the findings are not so clear-cut," said researcher Suzy Scherf. She is an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience. "I went into this work fully expecting to see an effect of biological sex on the part of the observer in facial recognition – and we did not find any. And we looked really hard," she added in a Penn State news release. Facial ... Read more

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Poverty May Be More Stressful for Women Than Men

Posted 9 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 9, 2017 – Women are more likely to be anxious when they live in a poor community than in a more affluent one, a new British study suggests. But researchers say the same isn't true for men. "We see from our study that women who live in deprived areas not only have to cope with the effects of living in poverty, but are also much more susceptible to anxiety than their peers," said study lead author Olivia Remes. She's a candidate at the University of Cambridge Department of Public Health and Primary Care. "In real terms, given the number of people living in poverty worldwide, this puts many millions of women at increased risk of anxiety," Remes said in a university news release. "Anxiety disorders can be very disabling, affecting people's life, work and relationships, and increasing the risk of depression, substance misuse and serious medical conditions," she said. Previous ... Read more

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Meditation Can Help Improve Focus in People With Anxiety

Posted 7 May 2017 by Drugs.com

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 suffering from anxiety. "Our results indicate that mindfulness training may have protective effects on mind wandering for anxious individuals," said researcher Mengran Xu, a Ph.D. candidate at Waterloo. "We also found that meditation practice appears to help anxious people to shift their attention from their own internal worries to the present-moment external world, which enables better focus on a task at hand," Xu said in a university news release. The study involved 82 people with anxiety. The ... Read more

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Health Tip: Don't Let Boredom Thwart Your Workout

Posted 24 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

-- It's difficult to keep exercising day after day if you're bored with the same routine. But you can mix it up so you look forward to your workout each day. The American Council on Exercise recommends: Figure out what's boring you. Maybe switch up your cardio workout with something new, such as a kickboxing class. Or skip the treadmill and run a trail. Try an entirely new activity, such as a team sport. Ask a friend to exercise with you. Set a goal to challenge yourself, such as running a 10K. Or use a gadget such as a fitness tracker. If you feel burned out, take a short break from exercise. Read more

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Anxious? Distressed? You're Not Alone

Posted 17 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 17, 2017 – More Americans than ever before are stressed, depressed and anxiety-ridden, and many are unable to get the help they need, a new study suggests. An estimated 8.3 million American adults – about 3.4 percent of the U.S. population – suffer from serious psychological distress, an evaluation of federal health data concluded. Previous estimates put the number of Americans suffering from serious psychological distress at 3 percent or less, the researchers said. "Mental illness is on the rise. Suicide is on the rise. And access to care for the mentally ill is getting worse," said lead researcher Judith Weissman. She's a research manager in the department of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. This increase is likely a lasting after-effect of the Great Recession that began in late 2007 – a stress-filled time that caused long-term emotional ... Read more

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Stress Buster: Building Resilience

Posted 17 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 17, 2017 – Resilience is often defined as how quickly you recover from adversity. But resilient people have lots of other important qualities, too. They are flexible, proactive, problem solvers, good communicators, and skilled at coping with life's challenges. Here are six tips for building resilience that, simply by doing them, will help you acquire traits of resilience: Try being genuinely nice to someone who has not been very nice to you. Try agreeing to do what another person wants instead of doing what you want. Try forgiving someone and showing it without having to say it. Let someone go ahead of you in line. Try not to second-guess any choice you make for the next 24 hours. Once you make it, support it wholeheartedly. Try not to complain for 24 hours. – James Porter, president of StressStop.com Read more

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These 5 Life Skills Can Boost Your Odds of Well-Being

Posted 10 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 10, 2017 – Emotional stability, determination, control, optimism and conscientiousness: all important "life skills" that can raise your prospects for a happy, healthy life. That's the finding from a new study of more than 8,000 people, aged 52 and older, in the United Kingdom. Researchers found a link between those five life skills and better health, fewer chronic diseases, less depression, less social isolation, and greater financial stability. "No single attribute was more important than others. Rather, the effects depended on the accumulation of life skills," study co-leader Andrew Steptoe, a professor of epidemiology and public health at University College London, said in a university news release. "There is research on individual factors – such as conscientiousness and optimism in adults – but the combination of these life skills has not been studied very much ... Read more

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Health Tip: Spring Cleaning?

Posted 29 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- An organized, comfortable bedroom helps you feel less stressed and helps you sleep more soundly. So if you're ready to spring clean, do your bedroom first. Here are suggestions from the National Sleep Foundation: Rid the room of all electronics, including the TV. Make sure all light bulbs are 60 watts or less. Make sure curtains black out sunlight. Inspect your mattress and look for signs of wear. Also, consider whether you wake with pain. If so, replace the mattress. Make sure sheets aren't worn, and that pillows are soft, fluffy and supportive. To keep your bedroom cool, put in a fan. De-clutter your room, clearing out unneeded furniture and any piles of stuff. Read more

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Health Tip: Talk to Your Doctor About Emotional Struggles

Posted 28 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Your emotional health can impact your physical health, and your doctor can help you find healthier ways to deal with emotional challenges. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions: Make sure you share any issues involving stress or anxiety with your doctor. Once your doctor is informed, he or she can take steps to learn if a health condition is responsible for physical symptoms. Together, you can figure out ways to manage your emotions, which should help improve physical symptoms. Read more

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