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What Causes Nightmares? 7 Common Triggers

What Causes Nightmares? 7 Common Triggers

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

4. What Causes Anxiety?

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

3. Stress Symptoms and Diagnosis.

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

The Pros and Cons of Genetic Testing for Alzheimer’s Disease

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.

Panic Disorder Symptoms: What They Could Mean

Panic Disorder Symptoms: What They Could Mean

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

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

Altruism: Key to Happiness

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

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