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March 11, 2006

Self-Help Resources – Anxiety

The pressures of academic deadlines, worry about grades, juggling relationships and part time jobs can keep you “on your toes”. Throw in angst about figuring out who you are and where you’re heading in life and it’s a lot to deal with. A certain amount of anxiety can be expected for most students. For this kind of situational and developmental anxiety, paying attention to self care (adequate sleep, exercise and eating from food groups other than “fast food”) and learning self help skills such as time management, diaphragmatic (belly) breathing, meditation, positive self talk and clear communication may be enough to help manage the anxiety.

But for 15% of the population, anxiety reaches the point of a disorder that may require professional help. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders as a group are the most common mental health concern in America. They affect 19 million adults each year .

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December 28, 2005

How alcohol works in the brain!

The gap where an electrical signal jumps from one neuron to another is called the synaptic cleft. This is a closeup of the cleft between one neuron and another.

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November 24, 2005

Stress raises lipid level

Filed under: Asia,Psychology of Health — Admin @ 10:50 am

BEIJING, Nov. 24 — A new study by the American Psychological Association has found that mental stress over a period of time can raise a person’s lipid levels, or in other words, it can increase cholesterol levels in healthy adults.

According to the study, published in the recent issue of Health Psychology, in a sample of 199 healthy middle-aged men and women, researchers Andrew Steptoe, D.Sc., and Lena Brydon of University College London examined how individuals react to stress and whether this reaction can increase cholesterol and heighten cardiovascular risk in the future.

“Our study found that individuals vary in their cholesterol responses to stress,” says Dr. Steptoe. “Some of the participants show large increases even in the short term, while others show very little response. The cholesterol responses that we measured in the lab probably reflect the way people react to challenges in everyday life, as well. So the larger cholesterol responders to stress tasks will be large responders to emotional situations in their lives.

The researchers speculate on the reasons why acute stress responses may raise fasting serum lipids. One possibility may be that stress encourages the body to produce more energy in the form of metabolic fuels – fatty acids and glucose.

These substances require the liver to produce and secrete more LDL, which is the principal carrier of cholesterol in the blood. nother reason may be that stress interferes with lipid clearance and a third possibility could be that stress increases production of a number of inflammatory processes like, interleukin 6, tumor necrosis factor and C-Reactive protein that also increase lipid production.

Although no one understands the cause of the reaction, the researchers said the study could help pinpoint people who are at a greater risk for heart disease. Enditem

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October 23, 2005

Addiction: On The Wagon

Filed under: Addiction,North America,Psychology of Health — Admin @ 11:03 pm

By: Willow Lawson
Summary: Alcoholism may not necessarily be a life-long disease. In fact, a myriad of scenarios can affect an individual’s recovery.

Once an alcoholic, forever an alcoholic, right?

Not according to a new government study, which found that 40 percent of people with alcohol dependence were in full recovery a year after tackling their addiction.
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October 16, 2005

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The brochures include:

* For a Healthy Mind and Body… Talk to a Psychologist
* Change Your Mind
* Warning Signs
* Se̱ales de Advertencia (Warning Signs РSpanish Language Version)
* The Road to Resilience

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For a Healthy Mind and Body…

Filed under: Clinical Psychology,North America,Psychology of Health — Admin @ 7:54 pm

Cold and flu season…the holidays around the corner…back to school and work. There’s a lot to be stressed about at this time of year, but it helps to know how your mind and your body can work to support each other.

Did you know:

* 93 percent of Americans say that perceptions, thoughts, and choices affect physical health (APA national poll, 2005)
* Two-thirds of all office visits to family physicians are due to stress-related symptoms (American Academy of Family Physicians)
* 58 percent of Americans believe that one can’t have good physical health without good mental health (APA national poll, 2005)
* High levels of hostility have been found to predict heart disease more often than high cholesterol, cigarette smoking, or obesity (Health Psychology, November 2002)

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Facts & Statistics

Filed under: North America,Psychology of Health — Admin @ 7:50 pm

# Chronic and serious illness such as heart disease or cancer may be accompanied by depression. (APA, How Psychotherapy Helps People Recover from Depression, 1998)
# A breast cancer diagnosis can impair womenís psychological functioning, which in turn can jeopardize their physical health. (APA, Breast Cancer: How Your Mind Can Help Your Body, 1998)

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Breast Cancer: How Your Mind Can Help Your Body

Filed under: North America,Psychology of Health — Admin @ 7:41 pm

Each year 185,000 women in this country learn that they have breast cancer. Because less than a quarter of them have genetic or other known risk factors, the diagnosis often comes as a devastating surprise. The emotional turmoil that results can affect women’s physical health as well as their psychological well-being. This question-and-answer fact sheet explains how psychological treatment can help these women harness the healing powers of their own minds.

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