Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common form of anxiety disorder marked by uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and the urge to engage in repeated behaviors or rituals (compulsions). OCD will affect 2.3 percent of adults in their lifetime. Research by the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R) revealed that approximately 1.2 percent
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
It’s normal to feel a little apprehensive from time to time. Let’s face it—life can be stressful. All of us worry about things like financial problems, work, family struggles, or health. But sometimes anxiety can become so severe that completing simple, everyday tasks is difficult. When this occurs, it may
The sad truth is that nearly half of people in the U.S. with depression are not getting the level of care they need, according to statistics collected by the National Institute of Mental Health. This is true even though multiple effective therapies are available. Minority groups are particularly unlikely to
People who struggle with feelings of anxiety frequently turn to medications to help ease their symptoms. However, the large number of medications and their varying characteristics can sometimes make it challenging to find the one most likely to restore normal mood with a minimum of side effects. We asked a
NEW EVIDENCE TIES HEART DISEASE TO MENTAL DECLINE
Older people with heart disease—especially women—face a greater risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), an early form of cognitive decline characterized by problems with cognition and memory that are greater than normal for a person’s age but do not interfere with daily activities.
It’s normal to feel anxious occasionally, but 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 a perceived
Brain neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers that act as communication agents between different brain cells. In chronic depression, these brain chemicals get out of balance. Fortunately, there are some safe and effective natural health options available to balance brain chemicals.
Of the 30 or so neurotransmitters that have been identified, researchers
Depression is a disorder that affects your thoughts, moods, feelings, behavior, and physical health. As discussed earlier, people used to think it was “all in your head,” and that if you tried hard enough, you could “pull yourself out of it.” Doctors now know that depression is not a weakness;
Occasional anxiety is normal—in fact it can be helpful when it alerts you to pay attention (when you’re about to take a test, for example) or take action (if you’re about to step on a snake, for example). Anxiety disorders, however, involve a more chronic fear or worry that interferes