Stress & Anxiety

Stress & Anxiety

Serotonin: Vital Brain Chemical Affect Both Mood and Cognition

· · Memory

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

Managing Caregiver Stress

· · Stress & Anxiety

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

Seek Help if You Suffer From Chronic Anxiety

· · Stress & Anxiety

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

Bounce Back from Adversity

· · Stress & Anxiety

Resiliency is a cultivated habit. The more you practice it, the greater your ability to bounce back from adversity. It’s not about pretending everything is fine. Rather, it’s about developing healthy life management skills, such as the ability to reduce stress, practice positivity, and to challenge fears.

“If we notice and  … Read More

Beating the Mental Effects of Illness

In many individuals, a serious illness is more than a challenge to the body—it’s also a major challenge to the brain. A health crisis may trigger feelings of depression and anxiety, or lead to cognitive symptoms such as confusion and problems with memory, decision-making and attention. These mental effects can  … Read More

How to Avoid the News Blues

If keeping up with the news brings you down with feelings of depression, anxiety, and other negative emotions, take a tip from an MGH expert: Learn to recognize when news coverage is causing you distress, and make a habit of walking away.

People who are disturbed by the daily drumbeat of  … Read More



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