If you become very nervous, worried, fearful, or anxious when you think about or are in a certain scenario or situation, then you may have an anxiety disorder. These are mental health conditions in which anxiety and worry arise in response to a perceived danger. The perceived danger varies among … Read More
Stress & Anxiety
In a study of people recovering from substance abuse disorders, Massachusetts General Hospital researchers found that simple, self-administered “happiness exercises” provided noticeable improvements in mood. And these activities, with names like “Reliving Happy Moments” and “Savoring,” may provide similar benefits for others, too.
In the study, more than 500 people with … Read More
Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.
Modern life is complicated, and research tells us that stress and depression are on the rise. People are looking for ways to feel happier, healthier, and more fulfilled.
You may be reading this report because you’re feeling stressed, … Read More
Q: I’ve always thought post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a condition that affects veterans who have been in combat. But after surviving a terrible car accident two years ago, I’m having trouble sleeping and I’m often thinking about the dangers of being on the highway. Could I have PTSD?
A: You’re right that … Read More
The ability to look on the bright side in challenging situations may be especially helpful in easing anxiety, especially if you’re struggling financially. In a study in the American Psychological Association journal Emotion, researchers found that people who could reframe situations to make them less emotionally difficult reported fewer anxious … Read More
Q: I sometimes find myself getting jealous and resentful looking at photos and reading about the fabulous vacations and other wonderful news people post on social media. How can I get over this?
A: Your response is perfectly normal, and it seems to be increasingly common. Facebook, Instagram and other forms of … Read More
Is life going by too fast? Do you have trouble noticing—let alone appreciating—life’s moments? Do you find it hard to manage your mind as it races from one thought to another—or gets carried away by recurrent thought patterns? Cultivating mindfulness can help.
What is mindfulness? Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of Mindfulness-Based Stress … Read More
Q: I’m not moving my bowels as regularly as I have up to now. Since I would rather not take laxatives, can you suggest a natural solution?
A: Constipation is typically caused by a poor diet, dehydration, and lack of physical activity—however, any new onset of constipation can be a symptom … Read More
A diagnosis of depression, anxiety or other psychiatric disorder can be overwhelming on its own. But it’s important to understand that having one mental disorder raises your odds of having additional such conditions.
It’s not uncommon, for example, for someone with depression also to have an anxiety disorder, or for a … Read More
Holiday gatherings can be filled with love and laughter. They can also be like minefields. Stepping into a conversationally wrong space can blow up a picture-perfect gathering in mere seconds. Trying to control what others say and do isn’t usually helpful. Likewise, stewing in silence only serves to perpetuate your … Read More