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MANAGING STRESS

For several reasons, older adults may find they have greater difficulty managing stress than they once did. For one, aging bodies may have a more difficult time recovering from stress due to the fact that their heart and lungs are operating at reduced capacity. In addition, older adults often find they cannot get an uninterrupted […]

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TYPES OF BIPOLAR DISORDER

There are several types of bipolar disorder, which generally produces abnormal highs or lows in mood. The most widespread types of bipolar disorder are bipolar I and bipolar II. While symptoms and patterns in which symptoms occur are similar, people with bipolar II experience less severe manic episodes (known as “hypomania”) than people with bipolar […]

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DEPRESSION AGES THE BRAIN

Recent research confirms a 2015 study that found that people with depression had an 83 percent increased risk of developing dementia (compared with people who did not have depression). The new study, which reviewed 34 long-term observational studies that had investigated links between depression or anxiety and cognitive decline, found that people suffering from depression […]

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THE GAMES PEOPLE PLAY

“Gaming disorder,” which entered the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases in 2018, is a term used to describe people who have trouble controlling the amount of time they spend playing digital or video games. These individuals also place a higher priority on gaming than other activities and experience negative effects from their gaming […]

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A NATURAL STRESS REDUCER

If you are looking for ways to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, try taking a walk in the woods (preferably with your cell phone shut off). As interest in the growing scientific field of “ecotherapy” increases, there is mounting evidence emerging of a strong connection between time spent in nature and elevation in mood. According […]

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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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