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PARENTS’ DRINKING AFFECTS CHILDREN

Because teenage children of alcohol-dependent parents are at higher risk of becoming alcoholics themselves, parents facing this issue must acknowledge their problem and reach out for support. Otherwise, children of alcoholic parents may blame themselves for their parents’ behavior, especially in cases where an alcohol-dependent parent says things to their children such as “You’re driving […]

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DEALING WITH DEATH ANXIETY

“Thanatophobia,” commonly referred to as “death anxiety,” is a form of anxiety that involves a fear of one’s own death or the dying process. While it is not defined as a distinct disorder, it may be linked to depression and anxiety disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic disorders and panic attacks, and illness […]

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DEALING WITH A NERVOUS STOMACH

A “nervous stomach” is a condition with symptoms (nausea, bloating) that mimic those of gastrointestinal conditions (such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or gastroenteritis), but is caused by emotion. As nerve endings in the stomach respond to stress hormones from the brain as part of the “fight-or-flight” response, the stomach receives a […]

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EXCESSIVE DAYDREAMING

We are all prone to daydreaming when our immediate surroundings or activity invite us to take momentary refuge in our own fanciful thoughts as a means of escape. While daydreaming can be a useful activity that fosters imagination, excessive daydreaming can interfere with normal functioning or ability to relate to others. The term “maladaptive daydreaming” […]

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IN A PANIC

“Panic disorder” affects two to three percent of the U.S. population annually, with women being twice as likely to be affected as men. Individuals with this disorder experience a racing heart, an inability to think clearly, and sweating for no obvious reason. Because these attacks occur spontaneously, those affected live in fear that they may […]

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GENDER-SPECIFIC APPROACH TO THERAPY

As one might imagine, a recent study of how men and women approach therapy reveals that women like psychotherapy more than men do. Researchers also noted that men were more apt to join support groups than women were. Perhaps this is due to the notion that women place high emphasis on sharing emotion, while men […]

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ADOLESCENCE AND FRIENDSHIP

Adults often say that they forged their most important and long-lasting friendships during childhood. These early relationships are important because research shows that teenagers with close friends tend to adapt better to stress, feel happier due to an increased feeling of uniqueness, are likely to do better academically, tend to have higher self-esteem, and are […]

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SENIORS AND ANXIETY

The National Council on Aging reports that chronic anxiety affects up to 14% of seniors and that a larger percentage of older adults have an diagnosed anxiety disorder. While it’s normal for seniors to worry about their health and finances, their lives should not be disrupted by these (and other) concerns. Otherwise, excessive worry can […]

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DRAMA THERAPY

During the 1920s, a Romanian psychologist named Jacob Moreno took notice of the fact that role play and experimental theater freed people to reveal their thoughts and feelings. As a result, he began to incorporate drama into psychotherapy, thereby creating “drama therapy.” Today, “psychodrama,” as it is also known, is used to help individuals resolve […]

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CAREGIVING SITUATION

When providing care for loved ones with progressive diseases such as Alzheimer’s, caregivers are faced with important decisions that can lead to feelings of frustration, helplessness, depression, and anxiety. While it is normal to experience occasional stress associated with supervising a loved one, stress can become so overwhelming that the health of the caregiver becomes […]

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