You may remember, as a kid, occasionally waking up in a cold sweat, startled out of your slumber by one of those frighteningly vivid nightmares. Perhaps the experience still pops up from time to time; bad dreams may be more common in children, but adults aren’t immune to them. Around
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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
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
For anyone who’s middle-aged or older, the specter of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) looms large: Currently, an estimated 5.7 million Americans have AD, and that number is expected to more than double by 2050.
You can lower your risk of some chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, by addressing certain risk factors.
Have you ever felt panic attack symptoms brought on simply by being in an enclosed space—an airplane, a train heading into a tunnel, even the back seat of a car? If so, then you may already know that claustrophobia is a specific type of anxiety disorder. For some people, it’s
We typically hear about stress causing such conditions as a nervous breakdown or anxiety attack. But panic disorder symptoms can reflect a number of related conditions. Here are three to consider.
What Is Agoraphobia?
Agoraphobia is the fear of being exposed to any situation that produces significant anxiety or panic. Such situations
Slow walking speed and memory complaints can predict dementia
A new test that measures walking speed and identifies cognitive complaints can help better predict dementia, says a study in the journal Neurology. The test helps to identify motoric cognitive risk syndrome (MCR), a condition characterized by both slow walking and cognitive
I just left my classroom at Pace University, where I teach PA (Physician Assistant) students in their first year of training. They exude an energy and optimism often seen in those who have youth, health, hope, and plenty of time ahead.
Before these students lies the unscathed landscape of their lives.
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
Here is a thought for the New Year: Extending the holiday spirit of altruism (selfless concern for the welfare of others) throughout the year may well be an effective way to improve your physical and mental health, and even increase your longevity. Evidence suggests that most individuals who help other