Are you dealing with one or more low magnesium symptoms, headaches, for example, or leg cramps, or insomnia? This key mineral is necessary for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body, from steadying your heart rhythm to supporting your immune system and keeping your … Read More
If you have any of the following environmental risk factors, the good news is that by altering them, you may be able to lower your risk of back pain in the future.
Most people relate smoking to heart and lung problems, but it also puts you at risk for back pain. … Read More
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 … Read More
Working in a full-time job, being a parent, taking on the role of caregiver to an ill parent, or handling two or more of these major responsibilities simultaneously can become a huge source of stress, anxiety, and exhaustion. If there’s no relief in sight, you may feel … Read More
The first thing that might surprise you is that what causes headaches isn't related to anything going on in your brain—in fact, your brain doesn't feel pain, because it doesn't have any pain receptors (the nerve endings that are found throughout the body, and that transmit pain signals). But your … Read More
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 … Read More
When it comes to chronic pain, many of us reach for heat or ice therapy, thinking one or the other will ease our symptoms. It’s easy to grab the heating pad or the ice pack, but both target symptoms, not underlying causes or long-term cures, and that can be a … Read More
Anxiety comes in different forms and produces different reactions. So to answer the question "What is anxiety?" we'll take a look at various anxiety definitions, discussing causes and characteristics.
What Is Anxiety?
Someone with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) feels excessive anxiety or worry about a wide array of activities or events … Read More
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 … Read More
The answer to the question "What is stress?" comes in a clear definition from the National Institute of Mental Health: “Stress is how the brain and body respond to any demand. Every type of demand or stressor—such as exercise, work, school, major life changes, or traumatic events—can be … Read More