Bergamot benefits include raising the HDL (good) cholesterol levels significantly! But in addition to lipid control benefits, bergamot reduces anxiety in a natural way when used in aromatherapy. … Read More
Stress & Anxiety
Relax and take a deep breath. It’s a common recommendation from physicians and friends who seek to help you reach a state of calm when you’re feeling frazzled. Breathing is an essential and automatic function. But with a deliberate focus on breathing, it’s a proven tool for healing and wellbeing. … Read More
People who struggle with feelings of anxiety frequently turn to medications to help ease their symptoms. However, the large number of medications and their varying characteristics can sometimes make it challenging to find the medication most likely to restore normal mood with a minimum of side effects. We asked an … Read More
Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is an extremely common condition that affects about seven percent of all Americans. The condition imposes an enormous burden on people who suffer from it, impacting their everyday social and occupational lives, to the extent that the mere anticipation of an event—such as eating or drinking … Read More
If you’ve heard the term “mindfulness” before, it may have conjured an image of peo-ple seated cross-legged on a mat with their hands in a particular position on their knees and their eyes closed as wisps of incense smoke drift by. If so, it’s time to update your image of … Read More
Q: I have heard that chronic stress can take a toll on a person’s memory. Can you explain how this happens?
A: The major contributor to memory impairment associated with long-term stress is related to the effects of the stress hormone cortisol on a key brain center for learning and memory … Read More
The importance of the neurotransmitter serotonin in affecting mood has been widely acknowledged in numerous studies linking low brain levels of this key chemical with depression, anxiety, and irritability. Now, scientists are reporting another significant role the neurotransmitter plays in the brain—that of promoting memory and cognition.
Inadequate brain levels of … Read More
For many people, the stress of caregiving can be exhausting, especially when a loved one has a progressive disease such as Alzheimer’s. Decisions must be made around living arrangements, financial and legal matters, and home health care. For many caregivers, these demands can lead to feelings of frustration, helplessness, depression, … Read More
Up to 14 percent of American seniors are thought to suffer from anxiety according to the National Council on Aging. Many more have an undiagnosed anxiety disorder. “Older adults are at risk for anxiety because they face many challenges, including poor health, loss, and decreasing social support,” says Judith Neugroschl, … Read More
Anxiety disorders affect about 40 million American adults annually, disabling patients’ ability to cope with everyday life situations and problems. Anxiety disorders last at least six months, reoccur, and can worsen if not treated, unlike their milder cousin, the brief anxiety that is caused by a stressful event, such as … Read More