Now that you know the causes and effects of stress and anxiety, it’s time to learn how to deal with them. Don’t despair: Both are highly treatable. Many of the ill effects caused by anxiety and stress can be reversed (or at least improved) by treating the causes of your … Read More
Stress & Anxiety
About 40 million Americans suffer from a fear or anxiety disorder—a treatable group of illnesses that can lead to more serious health issues, including depression, substance abuse, and heart disease. These disorders, according to the Audit of Mental Health Care at U.S. Colleges and Universities, include generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), … Read More
Anxiety isn’t something you catch from touching an infected surface, nor does it happen overnight. Consider anxiety like a fine wine. It takes many years of aging in the perfect environment to get a full-bodied red. Mix compromised genetics with a traumatic childhood and a stressful environment and bam!—you’ve got … Read More
Everyone experiences stress differently. What one person considers a catastrophic problem, another might see as an invigorating challenge. One thing we all have in common: the marks that chronic stress leave behind on our bodies and minds. From shrinking brains to inflamed arteries in the heart, stress can leave a … Read More
As we mentioned in Chapter 1, stress differs for everyone. What someone might see as a non-event (kids arguing over a toy, for instance), another might view as a heart-pounding, tension-inducing annoyance. The one thing we can agree on: Stress exists, and it doesn’t always feel good. While its causes … Read More
What Is Stress?
Stress is a highly subjective term, which makes defining it a challenge (or, as some would say, stressful). In short, stress is a mostly physical response to a perceived threat or pressure. Vaile Wright, director of research and special projects at the American Psy-chological Association, puts it like … Read More
Stress is everywhere! It’s in our homes, our schools, and our workplaces, and it’s
taking a toll on the quality of our lives. It impacts our health, happiness, relationships, performance, and finances. Latest updates from the American Psychological Association suggest that stress costs the American economy as much as $300 … Read More
Q: I tend to worry a lot about things that are out of my control. I tell myself that my worries are unrealistic, but I can’t always help myself. Why does this happen?
A: Worrying can be a way we try to solve problems. In our worry, we search for solutions and alternative … Read More
Two widely used stress-reduction techniques that use meditation to help you relax use different mechanisms in the brain to achieve their results, according to a study led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers and published in the journal Pychosomatic Medicine.
By better understanding how mindfulness meditation and relaxation response each affect … Read More
When you hear the phrase “post-traumatic stress disorder” (PTSD), you may think of military veterans struggling with memories of combat in Vietnam, Afghanistan, or other foreign countries. However, you don’t have to travel abroad to develop PTSD: Events that can cause PTSD may occur in your own home. The key … Read More