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
Stress & Anxiety
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
Feeling anxious occasionally is normal—but constant worry is not. If you become very fearful, nervous, or anxious when you think about or are in certain situations, then you may have an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorders are a group of mental health conditions in which anxiety and worry arise in response to … Read More
Difficult emotions, such as sadness, grief, and guilt, can be especially challenging. The tendency to avoid or douse the feelings with food, drugs or alcohol can be very strong. So, too, can the temptation to berate ourselves or lash out at others. RAIN is a technique originally developed by Tara … Read More
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