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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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PRESSURED MILLENNIALS

Striving for perfection is a good trait in that it compels individuals to do their best. However, perfectionism can have its downside if it creates intense pressure that adversely affects an individual’s psychological well-being. These two sides of the perfectionist coin are most readily apparent to millennials, who are more predisposed to perfectionism than previous […]

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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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EXPECTING THE WORST

While an old adage advises that we “expect the best and plan for the worst,” some people foresee an unfavorable outcome to an event and decide that, if it occurs, the result will be disastrous. For instance, a surgery patient may decide that if she does not quickly recover from the procedure, it will leave […]

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IS STRESS CONTAGIOUS?

Anecdotal evidence indicates that being around a stressed person often makes us feel stressed, while reports from relatives and friends of traumatized soldiers show that they have experienced symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) despite never having been on the battlefield. Additionally, studies involving PTSD sufferers reveal loss of volume in their hippocampus (the part […]

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THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS

Holding a grudge often leads to stress, anger, and revenge fantasies that only serve to increase blood pressure, heart disorders, anxiety, depression, and compensatory habits (such as over-eating) that are undertaken in attempts to escape the pain. By forgiving those who have hurt us, we can help ourselves to better physical and mental outcomes. However, […]

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SHAKEN TO THE CORE

New research suggests that trauma may be linked with a higher risk of developing heart disease, especially among post-menopausal women. According to the study, women who experienced three traumatic events in their lifetimes had poorer heart function than those who had fewer traumatic experiences. More specifically, researchers found that the “endothelial function” (the layer of […]

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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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