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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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UNSHACKLING THE HANDS OF TIME

While nearly everyone looks forward to retirement, many older men, in particular, find the transition anxiety-provoking. As these seniors shift from heavy work timetables to free schedules, some find they simply have too much time on their hands. This dramatic shift may trigger anxiety as they feel they have lost their purpose and focus. Instead […]

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DO YOU CONSTANTLY WORRY?

While it is quite normal to feel anxious on occasion, it is not healthy to worry constantly. If you find yourself in certain situations (or even think about certain circumstances) that make you fearful, nervous, or anxious, you may have an “anxiety disorder.” This term refers to a group of mental conditions in which a […]

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FROM MOTHER TO DAUGHTER

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended that all pregnant women be screened for depression. The importance of this recommendation was recently underscored by a study that found that depression may be passed from mothers to daughters, in particular. Researchers arrived at this conclusion after using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study the parts […]

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