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Blog posts : "anxiety"

Why Music Is A Mood Lifter and Brain Tonic

April 17, 2015

Most of us do not need proof that listening to music can lift our mood. We simply accept what experience tells us.

That does not stop researchers from looking for reasons why music positively affects our feelings and perceptions. Scientists in Finland at the University of Helsinki, for instance, …

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Depression, Anxiety, and Overthinking

September 17, 2014

Overthinking is examining and reexamining negative emotions, thoughts, and memories. Both men and women can fall into a pattern of overthinking, although women tend to do it more often.

While standard worrywarts fret about the future, overthinkers circle their negative mental wagons around past occ…

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Why Self-Compassion Is A Wise and Practical Choice

February 26, 2014

Compassionate action arises when we understand that beneath our different circumstances and appearances lies an essential oneness, a shared human experience.

Though we know this oneness includes our self, many of us have an easier time extending compassion to strangers than to the person reflecte…

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One Woman’s Experience with PTSD Stigma and Recovery: An Interview

July 28, 2013

You learn the most about mental health diagnoses by talking to people who have them, especially those who have lived with symptoms for many years.

I interviewed Ginny, a 50-something-year-old woman who has struggled with, and learned to manage, symptoms of PTSD.

Part of Ginny’s PTSD journey is dea…

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More Magnesium Could Mean Less Anxiety

June 8, 2013

Our bodies cannot function without the mineral magnesium, and that includes the proper working of neurons and neurotransmitters in the brain.

Research indicates that magnesium  is required for our nervous system to relax from the effects of fear and  anxiety.

Magnesium also supports the brain me…

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The Lessons and Liabilities of Loneliness

May 26, 2013

Most of us, when we speak of loneliness or of being lonely, are talking about a feeling. It is a feeling described as emptiness tinged with longing, sadness or grief.

We may feel cutoff from others, bleak, desolate or desperate whether in a room by ourself, in company with significant others, or at…

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Falling Apart? How To Create Mental-Emotional Glue

April 15, 2013

One of the best coping methods for stress and symptoms of a mental illness is having a creative outlet, an activity we can pour ourselves into.

It can be anything we deeply engage in such as gardening, scrapbooking, baking, yoga, writing, woodworking, or painting. Writing poems is an excellent creati…

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Anxious Dilemma: When Taking A Break Causes Anxiety

March 16, 2013

A survey by Expedia shows that U.S. employees received an average of 12 vacation days in 2012. Typically, only 10 of the paid time off days were used. The only global area more workaholic is Asia, where workers were given about the same number of days off and used only half.

There is a different mind…

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Depression: Lincoln's Black Dog

November 11, 2012
How interesting that the movie Lincoln opened during the U.S. voting season because if Lincoln were running for President today he would never win. Imagine headlines during the campaign such as, “Lincoln Rumored to See a Psychiatrist.” A week later another might read, “Pharmacist admits filling anti…

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Suicide in the military: Operation prevention

September 16, 2012

The primary reason for death in the US Army is not vehicle accidents or combat; it is suicide.  

Army suicides rose 18% during the first six months of 2012, when compared to the same period in 2011. In the 26 year period of 1977 to 2003 there were 80% fewer suicides than between 2004 and 200…

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Attention remedy for fear: Feed your strengths, starve your weaknesses

August 18, 2012

Sometimes we become so aware of our weaknesses that we lose sight of our strengths. If it is true that we energize whatever we focus on, being attentive only to our weaknesses serves to make us weaker.  

Giving our attention is a gift to the receiver. You know this is true when another pe…

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The mental game of gymnastics and relationships

August 4, 2012

The mental discipline that gymnasts demonstrate is amazing. They have a fair amount of downtime waiting for their turn on an event, and that is when anxious thoughts easily erupt.

It takes guts to put so much time and training on the line, especially a line that is stretched around the worl…

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The What, Why, and Who of Math Anxiety

August 2, 2012

If you have math anxiety, your issue with solving number problems may have nothing to do with your math capability, or a disdain of numbers. A study done in England reveals it might have a little to do with your gender, however.

Researchers from Oxford and Cambridge Universities define math …

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