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
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 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
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
Q. How much sleep do I really need? I’ve heard so many conflicting theories.
A. Some people need way more sleep than others, but most people need between seven and eight hours a night to function at their best during the day. However, it seems too few people get the right
The body’s stress response, the one that prepares us to “fight or flight” in the face of an imminent danger—encountering a wild animal or a mugger, for example—is activated more readily in women than men and lasts longer. This may help explain why anxiety symptoms in women are twice as
Just over half of adult Americans suffering from depression receive what is considered to be “minimally adequate treatment” in any given 12-month period, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. That means almost half of all depressed people in the U.S. are not receiving the care they need, even