Combat’s Impact on Mental Health: From Anxiety to PTSD

Combat's Impact on Mental Health: From Anxiety to PTSD

 

In Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech last week, the president discussed his goal of withdrawing nearly all US troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, essentially ending American combat operations in the Middle East. With more than 35,000 US troops currently in Afghanistan, this means that if Obama’s plan is executed, tens of thousands of veterans could be returning to the United States this year.
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Are Smartphones Worsening the Anxiety Epidemic? 5 Ways to Unplug

Are Smartphones Worsening the Anxiety Epidemic? 5 Ways to Unplug

As we enter into the year 2014, the idea that we’re living in the 21st century is no longer novel or remarkable the way it once was. We carry powerful computers in our pockets; we’re guided to new destinations by talking navigation systems, rather than maps; and speaking of ink on paper, that’s becoming a thing of the past, too. As these once unimaginable realities have become the norm, I can’t help but notice something particularly unnerving.
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5 Ways to Fight Seasonal Anxiety and Depression

5 tips for fighting Seasonal Anxiety and Depression

Every year it’s inevitable. At some point in January, when the holidays are over and the cold has become relentless, the winter blues get a hold of me. My anxiety skyrockets, and I find myself feeling down for no apparent reason. This week, with temperatures in my area well below freezing and a blizzard expected, I’ve definitely hit that point.

I know that with more than 10 million Americans who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), I’m not the only one growing weary of winter. And that’s not even counting the huge numbers of Americans who experience seasonal depression and anxiety in its milder forms, as well as those who see a worsening in their year-round symptoms when the weather gets cold.
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New Year’s Resolutions for Managing Anxiety and Finding Balance

New Year’s Resolutions for Managing Anxiety and Finding Balance

I love the New Year’s holiday and the idea of starting over with a clean slate every January. I’ve set resolutions almost every year that I can remember … though I admit to breaking more than a few of them! This year, I’m more inspired than ever to make lasting, positive changes.

Right now it feels especially important to me that I establish a greater sense of balance in my life and take further steps to curb my anxiety, so my 2014 New Year’s Resolutions center on these areas.
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Panic Disorder Gene Identified By Spanish Researchers

Panic Disorder Gene Identified By Spanish Researchers

A new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience identifies the gene NTRK3 as a factor that may play into the development of panic disorder, which affects up to 6 million Americans. Researchers at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) say that those with the gene are more likely to overestimate danger and have a stronger perception of fear, confirming a long-suspected genetic component to panic disorders.

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Overcoming Anxiety Through Meditation

Overcoming Anxiety Through Meditation

Sometimes the simplest strategies are among the most effective, and using meditation for anxiety relief is no exception. It may seem contradictory that the act of sitting quietly and focusing solely on your breath could have such a profound anxiety-relieving impact, because when we’re anxious, usually the last thing we want is to be alone with our thoughts. When we want to ease discomfort or unpleasant emotions, our first instinct is often to do something active – to seek a distraction to take our mind off what’s ailing us.
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