Category Archives: Human Behavior: Anxiety

Stress hormones in traders may trigger ‘risk aversion’ and contribute to market crises

High levels of the stress hormone cortisol may contribute to the risk aversion and ‘irrational pessimism’ found among bankers and fund managers during financial crises, according to a new study. The study’s authors say that risk takers in the financial … Continue reading

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Anxiety disorders in adolescents and psychosocial outcomes at age 30

J Affect Disord. 2014 Jan 2. pii: S0165-0327(13)00886-0. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2013.12.033. [Epub ahead of print] Anxiety disorders in adolescents and psychosocial outcomes at age 30. Essau CA1, Lewinsohn PM2, Olaya B3, Seeley JR2. Author information 1Department of Psychology, University of Roehampton, … Continue reading

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How Ecstasy, MDMA, acts on the brain; may help anxiety, PTSD: new study

Brain imaging experiments have revealed for the first time how ecstasy produces feelings of euphoria in users. Results of the study at Imperial College London, parts of which were televised in Drugs Live on Channel 4 in 2012, have now … Continue reading

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The most common emotions trigger strong bodily sensations

Researchers Aalto University have revealed how emotions are experienced in the body. Emotions adjust our mental and also bodily states to cope with the challenges detected in the environment. These sensations arising from the bodily changes are an important feature … Continue reading

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Anxiety ups stroke risk: new study

(Reuters Health) – Men and women with severe symptoms of anxiety may have a higher risk of stroke than their more relaxed counterparts, a new study suggests. “The greater your anxiety level, the higher your risks of having a stroke,” … Continue reading

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Getting excited helps with performance anxiety more than trying to calm down, study finds

WASHINGTON – People who tell themselves to get excited rather than trying to relax can improve their performance during anxiety-inducing activities such as public speaking and math tests, according to a study published by the American Psychological Association. “Anxiety is … Continue reading

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Freedom from Anxiety: A Holistic Approach to Emotional Well-Being

This book presents hundreds of safe, practical, and effective tools and techniques to alleviate anxiety, an epidemic that affects nearly 20 percent of Americans. Author and seasoned physician Marcey Shapiro, MD, shares how her personal struggle with this widespread syndrome … Continue reading

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Parent behaviors linked to kids’ anxiety, depression

(Reuters Health) – Young people whose parents tend to fight with each other or are over involved in their kids’ lives are at increased risk of depression and anxiety, according to a new comprehensive review of past studies. Kids tend … Continue reading

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Frequent cell phone use linked to anxiety, lower grades and reduced happiness in students

Today, smartphones are central to college students’ lives, keeping them constantly connected with friends, family and the Internet. Students’ cell phones are rarely out of reach whether the setting is a college classroom, library, recreational center, cafeteria or dorm room. … Continue reading

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How and why anxious children’s brains may function differently

Anxiety disorders are common in children and adolescents, affecting up to 25 percent of the youth population. Anxiety causes distress and functional impairment and, if left untreated, can result in bad grades, problems at home and increased rates of psychiatric … Continue reading

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Personality traits predict job stress, depression and anxiety

Personality traits predict job stress, depression and anxiety among junior physicians Thomas Olsen Gramstad, Rolf Gjestad and Brit Haver BMC Medical Education 2013, 13:150 doi:10.1186/1472-6920-13-150 Published: 9 November 2013 Abstract (provisional) Background High levels of stress and deteriorating mental health … Continue reading

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Primary caregivers do not deliver anxiety treatments quickly enough, says Pfizer-funded study

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — A new study by Brown University psychiatry researchers found that seven in 10 primary care patients with anxiety disorders eventually received potentially adequate medication or psychotherapy, but for many it took years to happen and … Continue reading

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Pain in infancy alters response to stress, anxiety later in life

Early life pain alters neural circuits in the brain that regulate stress, suggesting pain experienced by infants who often do not receive analgesics while undergoing tests and treatment in neonatal intensive care may permanently alter future responses to anxiety, stress … Continue reading

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How are children affected by maternal anxiety and depression?

Maternal symptoms of anxiety and depression increased the risk of emotional and disruptive problem behaviors in children as early as 18 months of age, according to new research findings from the TOPP study. The risk persisted into adolescence and also … Continue reading

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Anxious people may be less likely to volunteer and help others: University of MIssouri researcher

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Scientists increasingly are uncovering answers for human behavior through genetic research. Now, a University of Missouri researcher has found that prosocial behavior, such as volunteering and helping others, is related to the same gene that predisposes individuals … Continue reading

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