What do I do about anxiety at work?

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Anxiety at work is something very common. Most people, unfortunately, suffer this condition in silence. There are many different forms of anxiety, including social anxiety, for example, which has been shown to interfere with work in several studies.

Anxiety should also be seen as a signal. It may be telling you something about how well areas of your life currently are aligning with what you need, value, and aspire to. Very often, people are afraid to look at what they truly need because they have given up hope that it could be satisfied in some or all areas of their life, including work. A first step towards burnout is to again reconnect with oneself and the world without anxiety. And while it is true that there are other areas in life that can bring us satisfaction and fulfilment, if work over the long-term just pays the bills but is otherwise wasted, we may become disillusioned, disconnect from what we do, the world and ourselves, and find ourselves in a state of burnout. Or we just experience more anxiety over time.

The Smaller Picture of Anxiety

The little things in everyday life, whether on the job or elsewhere, can sum up to a big thing. Communication with ourselves and others is key to how effective we are in our work and how satisified we are with it. Through communication, we make and find meaning in the world, and the more meaningful the world is to us the better we feel and the less anxious we are. A hallmark feature of depression is that we experience less meaning within and outside ourselves. The less meaningful and predictable the world seems the more anxious we also feel. From how you interact with others to how you organize your tasks and the time you allot for them can all raise or lower the stress you experience. But in order to make things more meaningful, small steps can often lead to immediate improvements. Taking short breaks and at intervals, longer breaks can all be helpful. Taking a walk during lunch break or talking to colleagues can be helpful.

There are different forms of anxiety, the one where worries, particularly about the future, are in the foreground or the one you may feel more physically, such as through sweating, increased heartrate, more rapid shallow breathing, and other feelings of discomfort. Frequently, people experience both worrying as well as bodily discomfort, the sense of not feeling fully comfortable and at peace in one’s own skin. Often, a first reaction is then to withdraw more from the world into ourselves, distrust ourselves and the world more, and cut helpful communication even further, which keeps the vicious cycle alive.

Anxiety in the workplace can lead to:

  • Failure to meet deadlines or taking too long to do things
  • Forgetfulness
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Inability to focus or excessive self-focus
  • Sick days or lost productivity
  • Spillover effect on family life
  • Somatic (body) problems like tension, headaches, feeling of pressure, dizziness, and upset stomach

Often the way how we do things, whether on the job or outside of work, has become so engrained that we do not notice anymore that it is actually the cause of our dissastisfcation and misery in the workplace. However, by taking a step back and really seeing and refglecting on how we do things we can bring about massive change. Improving our strategies and ways of going about day to day tasks is helpful in getting greater satisfaction from the current and any future workplace. Noticing and connecting with the thoughts and feelings we experience in our work, helps us identify what may actually be unrelated with the job. For example, you may be distracted by thoughts about what is going on at home or by other issues and emotions you need to deal with, such as grief and loss. Therapy can be helpful in not only gaining greater clarity but also in reflecting on and resolving these issues.

How you do your work may also go against your personality. Some people are better working tasks sequentially and others doing them in parallel. It is important to know what works better for you because we all work differently, even if it is the same task. Aligning how you execute tasks to what feels more naturally is not only a way to be better at your work but it also makes it much more enjoyable. There may be many reasons why we feel we cannot be ourselves. Blocking may be experiences from our past, such as childhood experiences.

Quite often, it may not just be that we are worried about failure, but that we may also be worried about success. Think about how it feels like to be appreciated and praised by others? Is it a good feeling to be visible? Why or why not? Many writers who experience writers block and many professionals who find themselves standing in front of a seemingly inpenetrable wall have been successful in removing it by asking themselves not only ‘what if I fail?’ but also ‘what if I succeed?’

The Bigger Picture of Anxiety

Your work has to be meaningful for you, particularly in the long run. While we may frequently have to do things we do not like very much, over time the overall story has to make sense. In determining what is meaningful to you, it can help letting go of some social programming that may not be helpful. When you work with people who are in the late stages of their lives, they rarely pay much attention to their job titles or a particular award. They want to say it was a good ride. It made sense. Life was enjoyable, enjoyable not in a hedonistic way but in a truly fulfilling and contentful way.

Our feelings cannot decide for us whether to change a career or make some minor adjustments, which also requires the input of our thinking mind. However, they integrate a lot of information from within us, which brings us closer to where we need to be on our journey. This information in us is the product of our interactions with the environment and ourselves, our functioning in the situation and environment in which we find ourselves. Using feelings, thoughts, reflection, trying out things and reassessing where we are, we can find out what makes us tick, which helps us to avoid work that is not cut out for who we really are.

The Issue of Money

Money is important, but then it’s also not. Most of us cannot live without generating a financial income, particularly in countries where the work specialisation is so high that the link between our work and obtaining what we need to keep us alive goes through money. The food we eat has gone through many hands before it reaches us, and unless we work on a farm or know a selfless farmer, we can get food only through money. However, research on income and subjective well-being has shown that increased income has little or no lasting impact on happiness once we are classified as ‘non-poor’. The same researchers argued that money is mainly important to us as a social tool. And the more society believes in money as a social tool, the more important it seems to become. However, that is ultimately an illusion because it has no intrinsic meaning. It just is a means of exchange, like seashells on some Pacific islands. But meaningfulness is really the key in not only maintaining intrinsic motivation but also in increasing one’s quality of life, and thus lowering anxiety. If your work becomes more meaningful, your life feels more meaningful. Psychotherapy can help you to get there both more quickly and more comfortably, which usually has a very significant effect in reduing anxiety, burnout and other mental health problems.

Anxiety and Bodily Symptoms

If the anxiety comes with bodily symptoms, one should get them checked from the medical side for peace of mind. However, anxiety can cause many symptoms of discomfort, and when your anxiety improves any bodily symptoms that are due to the anxiety usually improve as well quite rapidly.

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Brief bursts of brain activity during sleep known as sleep spindles could potentially help regulate anxiety in people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Researchers believe that the study’s findings may be useful for people with anxiety disorders and are looking at non-invasive ways to harness the benefits of this sleep stage to relieve symptoms. The ...

Study finds: Girls with autism more likely to experience anxiety than boys!

Did you know that boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls? Recent research also shows that while girls may be less likely to be diagnosed with autism, they may experience anxiety more frequently than boys alongside the disorder.

David Beckham opens up about ‘tiring’ OCD habits that keep him up at night in new Netflix documentary

David Beckham disscusses living with OCD in the currently untitled documentary to be released later this year

Among Kids With Autism, Girls Are More Prone to Anxiety Disorders Than Boys

By Denise Mann HealthDay ReporterWEDNESDAY, May 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls…

Sleep phase can reduce anxiety in people with PTSD

A new study shows that sleep spindles, brief bursts of brain activity occurring during one phase of sleep and captured by EEG, may regulate anxiety in people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

What's the difference between stress and anxiety?

The phrases have distinct connotations, and one should not be used in place of the other, according to mental health specialists.

Sex and gender role differences on stress, depression, and anxiety symptoms in response to the COVID-19 pandemic over time

IntroductionStress, depression, and anxiety symptoms have been reported during the pandemic, with important inter-individual differences. Past cross-sectional studies have found that sex and gender roles may contribute to the modulation of one’s vulnerability to develop such symptoms. This longitudinal study aimed to examine the interaction of sex and psychological gender roles on stress, depression, and ...

Understanding Postpartum OCD and the Mother/Baby Attachment

Understanding Postpartum OCD and the Mother/Baby Attachment lisebram May 2, 2023

The effect of anxiety and depression on the health-related quality of life of severe acute pancreatitis survivors: structural equation modeling approach

Background Understanding the relationship between anxiety, depression and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) provides important clues to alleviate anxiety, depression and improve HRQOL in patients after severe acute pancreatitis (SAP). The aim of this study was to examine the effects of anxiety and depression on HRQOL in post-SAP patients using structural equation modeling. Methods A cross-sectional study design ...

Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week: 5 ways to calm new mum anxiety

Experts explain how struggling expectant and new parents can control negative feelings. By Lisa Salmon.

Angst bewältigen: Nein, jetzt nicht – SPIEGEL Coaching Podcast

Vermeidungsverhalten macht Ängste im Alltag oft schlimmer. In dieser Folge des Podcasts lernen Sie Übungen kennen, die Ihnen helfen, die angstmachenden Situationen nicht länger zu umgehen.

Angst vor dem Heimweg: Wie sicher fühlen sich Frauen? – »Arte Re:«-Reportage von SPIEGEL TV

Frauen fürchten sich nicht vor der Dunkelheit, sondern vor männlichen Übergriffen. Die Britin Emma Kay hat eine App für einen möglichst gefahrlosen Nachhauseweg entwickelt. Eine »Arte Re:«-Reportage von SPIEGEL TV.

David Beckham desvela el alcance de su TOC: “Cuando todos duermen, yo limpio las velas usadas y me aseguro de que todo esté ordenado”

El exfutbolista revela detalles inéditos de su vida en una nueva serie documental que Netflix estrenará a finales de este año y por la que le han pagado 18 millones de euros

Posttrauma Anxiety and Depression Explained by Previous Trauma – Racial and Ethnic Differences Identified

Background Racial and ethnic groups in the USA differ in the prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Recent research however has not observed consistent racial/ethnic differences in posttraumatic stress in the early aftermath of trauma, suggesting that such differences in chronic PTSD rates may be related to differences in recovery over time. Methods As part of the multisite, ...

Uncovering Anxiety in Cushing’s Disease: A Case Report

Dealing with secondary psychiatric symptoms while treating patients in clinical settings can be quite challenging. However, in this case study, the authors discuss a female patient with Cushing’s disease, who was initially misdiagnosed with anxiety disorder. Despite multiple attempts with psychiatric intervention, her condition persisted, accompanied by unexplained hypokalemia and hypothyroidism. Thankfully, a visit to ...

Discovering the Positive Impact of Counselling: A Community Study on Anxiety and Depression

Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, EarlyView.

Overcoming Fears and Challenges: Dialectical Behavior Therapists Embracing Telehealth

Publication date: March 2023Source: Journal of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, Volume 33, Issue 1Author(s): Khrystyna Stetsiv, Kevin Rebmann, Chelsey R. Wilks

How Online Schooling Worries Affect Children’s Anxiety During Lockdown in Ireland: Insights from Parents and Kids

The COVID-19 pandemic has persisted as a worrying time for children who have been using technology for online schooling during lockdown and their parents. This study investigates the extent of children’s and parents’ self-reported worries associated with children’s anxiety during lockdown in Ireland. Data for 461 children and 461 parents were analyzed from the Ireland ...

Enhancing Youth Anxiety Treatment with Engaging Cohesion Assessment

Journal of Clinical Psychology, EarlyView.

New Discovery: Anxiety and Mood Disorders Exacerbate Alcohol Symptoms, Even with Same Drinking Levels

Did you know that people with anxiety and major depressive disorders may experience more alcohol-related symptoms, even when drinking the same amount as those without these disorders? This interesting finding suggests that individuals with anxiety or mood disorders are more likely to develop an alcohol use disorder. The study also highlights the importance of considering ...

I wanted to face my deepest fear, so I suited up and flew to the Arctic

As a person addicted to meth for 11 years, my poor choices led to extreme paranoia and fear.

All About Imposter Syndrome: Definition, Health Effects, and Coping

Source: APA PsycPORT™: Psychology Newswire In 1978, two psychologists defined something called “impostor phenomenon” as an experience of feeling like an intellectual phony. The phenomenon is marked by persistent self-doubt and, often, a fear of being exposed as a fraud or imposter—even though, in reality, you’ve been successful in the very field where you feel like ...

Anxiety, depressive symptoms, and distress over the course of the war in Ukraine in three federal states in Germany

The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the resulting consequences are in the center of political discussions, media, and likely individual thinking of the population in Germany. Yet, the impact of this prolonged exposure on mental health is not known hitherto. Using the population based cohort study DigiHero from three federal states (Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, and Bavaria), we ...

Relationship between depression, anxiety, stress, and SARS-CoV-2 infection: a longitudinal study

ObjectivesWe aimed to (1) describe the course of the emotional burden (i.e., depression, anxiety, and stress) in a general population sample during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and 2021 and (2) explore the association between emotional burden and a serologically proven infection with SARS-CoV-2.Study designThis longitudinal study involved a sample of community-dwelling persons aged ≥14 years ...

Angst bewältigen: Früchte des Muts – SPIEGEL Coaching Podcast

Angst hindert Menschen oft daran, Dinge zu tun, die ihnen wichtig sind und die sie mögen. Mit einer Checkliste finden Sie die nötige Motivation, Situationen trotz Angst zu meistern.

The hell of somniphobia: ‘On a bad night I get zero to two hours’ sleep’

The fear of falling asleep can have many causes, from trauma to sleep apnea, and the effects are debilitating. But there are effective treatmentsWhen Elizabeth Johnson tries to fall asleep, anxiety often takes over. After going to bed, she starts to relax, but feels as though she is losing control. “Instead of continuing,” she says, ...

Combating the ‘Microstress’ That Causes Burnout

Small moments of anxiety can pass almost beneath our notice, but they add up and take a toll. There are ways to manage them.

The effects of the pandemic on mental health in persons with and without a psychiatric history

Background Prospective studies are needed to assess the influence of pre-pandemic risk factors on mental health outcomes following the COVID-19 pandemic. From direct interviews prior to (T1), and then in the same individuals after the pandemic onset (T2), we assessed the influence of personal psychiatric history on changes in symptoms and wellbeing. Methods Two hundred and four (19–69 ...

Brief self-affirmation intervention for adults with psoriasis for reducing anxiety and depression and boosting well-being: Evidence from a randomized controlled trial

Background There are relatively few studies to address mental health implications of self-affirming, especially across groups experiencing a chronic health condition. In this study, short- and longer-term effects of a brief self-affirmation intervention framed in terms of implementation intentions (if-then plans with self-affirming cognitions; S-AII) were evaluated against an active control group (non-affirming implementation intentions; N-AII), ...

Online group music therapy: proactive management of undergraduate students’ stress and anxiety

In alignment with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) goal to provide comprehensive and integrated mental health services in community-based settings, this randomized control trial explored the efficacy of online group music therapy as a proactive intervention for reducing stress and anxiety in university students who do not necessarily have a diagnosis. …

Accelerated biological aging and risk of depression and anxiety: evidence from 424,299 UK Biobank participants

Accelerated biological aging and risk of depression and anxiety: evidence from 424,299 UK Biobank participants

Lessons in Stress Reduction

A new free online course has been launched to try and reduce the stress of the nation during the Covid-19 pandemic. Members of the Irish Society of Alexander Technique Teachers (ISATT) are to offer hundreds of hours of free training online to help people deal with the tidal wave of stress caused by Covid. ISATT ...

Study: ADHD Increases Risk for Postpartum Depression, Anxiety

Women with ADHD are six times more likely than neurotypical mothers to experience postpartum anxiety, and five times more likely to experience postpartum depression, according to a new Swedish study on PPD.

Study: High-Intensity Exercise Greatly Improves Mental Health in Adults

Vigorous exercise may be more effective than psychotherapy or pharmacological therapy at improving symptoms of anxiety and depression in adults across populations, according to this wide-scale meta-analysis.

I’m 43, I’ve Been in Long-Term Relationships and I’m a Virgin By Choice

In her new book “Halal Sex,” Sheima Benembarek shares personal stories of Muslim immigrants and their relationships to sex and sexuality. In this chapter, Taslim, a virgin in her forties, shares her experience with inter-faith relationships. The post I’m 43, I’ve Been in Long-Term Relationships and I’m a Virgin By Choice appeared first on Best Health.

Studien zu Achtsamkeit: Kann Meditation heilen?

Meditation ist en vogue. Sie soll die Konzentration stärken, resilient machen und bei Schlafstörungen, Ängsten und sogar Krebs helfen. Wie ist die wissenschaftliche Studienlage?

How my childhood was ruined… by my fear of peas

Maddy Alexander-Grout, 39, thinks her fear stems from when she was force fed peas at school

Multiple psychotherapeutic approaches and perspectives on eco-anxiety

In highly diverse psychotherapy practices, psychotherapists with their individual schemas and personalities treat patients who are just as individual, each with his/her own partially dysfunctional schema, personality, worldview, and life situation. Intuition gained through experience is often applied, and a wide range of perspectives, techniques, and treatment options appropriate to the specific situation and psychotherapist-patient ...

Tracking perceived stress, anxiety, and depression in daily life: a double-downward spiral process

IntroductionPrevious studies using retrospective questionnaires have suggested a complex relationship between perceived stress and related negative emotions and emphasized their importance in mental health. However, how daily perceived stress, anxiety, and depression interact dynamically in a natural context remains largely unexplored.MethodsThis study conducted a longitudinal survey that applied experience sampling methodology to data from 141 ...

Could virtual reality gaming help people overcome anxiety? – podcast

Madeleine Finlay speaks to science correspondent Linda Geddes about trying out a virtual reality game that challenges you to keep your heart-rate down while facing a terrifying monster, why it could help with tackling anxiety, and whether the gamification of coping strategies could be the best way to integrate them into our every day lives ...

How Managing Your Anxiety Can Make You a Better Leader

A conversation with author Morra Aarons-Mele about rethinking work and mental health.

Hiking with Joy: The Power of Intergenerational Connections with Brad Ryan

Brad Ryan and Karen Allen weigh the pros and cons of ambition, and how the untold pressure of social perception and judgement keeps us silent. The post Hiking with Joy: The Power of Intergenerational Connections with Brad Ryan appeared first on SUCCESS.

Exposure to COVID-19 news and its relation to stress, depression, and anxiety in the context of difficulty in accessing social support


Death anxiety and satisfaction with life among the adults in the social isolation process of Covid-19 pandemic: the mediating role of perceived stress


For Kids With Mental Health Issues, Pediatricians Are Often Only Source for Care

By Amy Norton HealthDay ReporterMONDAY, April 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) — With so many American kids and teens dealing with depression or anxiety,…

Amid ADHD med shortage, parents fear sending unmedicated kids to school

The ADHD medication shortage is creating huge problems for children who rely on the prescriptions.

For three years I denied my body the nutrition it needed. My teeth broke, my hair thinned, my periods stopped. But, in that too-small body I was praised…

I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting since 2020. Most of that reflection is done in the mirror, incidentally. For more than three years I had denied my body the nutrition it needed to function. My teeth broke, my hair thinned, as I did, and then it fell out in loud clumps in the shower. ...

The integration of yoga breathing techniques in cognitive behavioral therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder: A pragmatic randomized controlled trial

In trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), stabilization techniques are used before confrontation ones to increase stress/affect tolerance and thus effectiveness of CBT. This study investigated the effects of pranayama, meditative yoga breathing and breath holding techniques, as a complimentary stabilization technique in patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Seventy-four PTSD-patients (84% female, 44.2 ± 13 years) were randomized to ...

Network analysis of the relationships between problematic smartphone use and anxiety, and depression in a sample of Chinese college students

… the aim of this study was to closely examine the relationships between (PSU) and anxiety and depression to identify the pathological mechanisms underpinning those relationships. A second aim was to identify important bridge nodes to identify potential targets for intervention. … … Five strongest edges appeared within the communities in both the ...

Interpersonal problems and recognition of facial emotions in healthy individuals

Recognition of emotions in faces is important for successful social interaction. Results from previous research based on clinical samples suggest that difficulties in identifying threat-related or negative emotions can go along with interpersonal problems. The present study examined whether associations between interpersonal difficulties and emotion decoding ability can be found in healthy individuals. Our analysis ...

Reducing anxiety and improving self-acceptance in children and adolescents with osteosarcoma through group drawing art therapy

PurposeThis study explored the effect of group drawing art therapy (GDAT) on anxiety and self-acceptance in children and adolescents with osteosarcoma.MethodsUsing a randomized experimental study design, 40 children and adolescents with osteosarcoma who were treated in our hospital from December 2021 to December 2022 were selected as the research objects, including 20 in the intervention ...

From fear of falling to choking under pressure: A predictive processing perspective of disrupted motor control under anxiety

Publication date: May 2023Source: Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, Volume 148Author(s): D.J. Harris, S. Wilkinson, T.J. Ellmers

Meta-analysis of virtual reality exposure therapy for social anxiety disorder

Meta-analysis of virtual reality exposure therapy for social anxiety disorder

The role of positive relationship events in romantic attachment avoidance.

Motivated by the Attachment Security Enhancement Model (Arriaga et al., 2018), the present research investigated the associations between positive relationship experiences and romantic attachment avoidance in three dyadic studies that combined multiple methods, including daily diaries, laboratory observations, and longitudinal follow-ups. Frequency of daily positive relationship events (but not external positive events) during a 21-day ...

A Systematic Review of Existential Concerns in Borderline Personality Disorder

Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Ahead of Print. Background:Existential philosophy and psychotherapy focuses on the “givens” of human experience, including feelings of meaninglessness, isolation, death anxiety, and concerns surrounding identity and freedom. Although borderline personality disorder (BPD) is arguably characterized by issues in a number of these domains, it has not been systematically examined through the ...

Exposure, perceived risk, and psychological distress among general population during the COVID-19 lockdown in Wuhan, China

… This study aimed to examine the relationships between exposures, perceived risk, and psychological distress among the general population in Wuhan during the COVID-19 lockdown. Data were from a cross-sectional online survey conducted from 20 February to 4 March 2020. Final analyses included 4,234 Wuhan respondents. A 5-item Hopkins Symptom Checklist was adopted to assess respondents’ ...

Louisville bank shooter was seeing counselor for depression and anxiety, family spokesperson says

The Louisville bank shooter who killed five and injured eight was seeing a counselor for depression and anxiety, a family friend said Thursday.

Josh Widdicombe opens up about taking antidepressants for anxiety

The comedian said he felt ‘stressed’ and ‘fed up’ last year

Intensivpatienten: Der schwierige Weg zurück ins Leben

Wer eine Intensivbehandlung überstanden hat, kommt häufig nicht so schnell wieder auf die Beine. Körperliche Schwäche, Vergesslichkeit und Angst sind Symptome, die viel zu wenige Ärzte kennen.

The Effect of Suboccipital Release Technique in Individuals With Anxiety

Conditions:   Anxiety;   Trapezius Muscle Strain;   PainInterventions:   Other: Suboccipital Release Technique;   Other: Sham Suboccipital ReleaseSponsor:   Abant Izzet Baysal UniversityCompleted

The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on mental burden and quality of life in physicians: Results of an online survey

In previous pan-/epidemics such as the SARS epidemic of 2002/2003, negative effects on the wellbeing and an increase in symptoms of depression and anxiety were observed in doctors due to social isolation and the threat they experienced. Therefore, it is feared that the COVID-19 pandemic will also have a negative impact on the mental health ...

[Correspondence] A fundamental change is needed for appraising placebo responses in psychiatry

In the Alpha-Stim Anxiety Insomnia and Depression cranial electrotherapy stimulation trial, Richard Morriss and colleagues reported no significant difference in their primary depression outcome between active and sham groups.1 Although not the headline of the article, 41% of recruited patients who received sham stimulation had remission of their depression. This remarkable result adds to the ...

Managing Your Anxiety as an Early-Career Psychologist

Early-career psychologists are not immune to anxiety. Here are some key strategies they can implement to address performance-related anxiety.

Can We Unlearn Fear?

How is fear stored in the brain? And why may psychedelic therapies be able to help?

Restraint stress induced anxiety and sleep in mice

In humans and animals, exposure to changes in internal or external environments causes acute stress, which changes sleep and enhances neurochemical, neuroendocrine, and sympathetic activities. Repeated stress responses play an essential role in the pathogenesis of psychiatric diseases and sleep disorders. However, the underlying mechanism of sleep changes and anxiety disorders in response to acute ...

Over-Emphasis on Safety Means Kids Are Becoming More Anxious and Less Resilient

Parental overprotection fosters unhealthy coping mechanisms in children, leading to an increase in depression, anxiety, and a decline in resilience.

A New Model Predicts Depression and Anxiety Using Artificial Intelligence and Social Media

Utilizing data from Twitter and applying natural language processing artificial intelligence algorithms, researchers created a new, accurate prediction model for depression and anxiety.

The interplay between therapeutic relationship and therapeutic technique: “It takes two to tango”

Journal of Clinical Psychology, EarlyView.

Etiology of anxious and fearful behavior in juvenile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (CLN3 disease)

… During the terminal phase, the cognitive developmental age of JNCL patients is below 2 years. At this stage of mental development individuals act primarily from a concrete world of consciousness and do not have the cognitive ability to encounter a normal anxiety response. Instead, they experience the evolutionary basic emotion of fear, and as ...

Preoperative state anxiety predicts postoperative health-related quality of life: A prospective observational study on patients undergoing lung cancer surgery

ObjectiveImproving quality of life (QOL) after surgery is very important. Recently, preoperative anxiety has been suggested to predict postoperative health-related (HR) QOL, however the accuracy of anxiety measurement remains problematic. We examined the relationship between preoperative anxiety level and postoperative HRQOL using qualitative and quantitative assessment of anxiety.MethodWe used a detailed anxiety assessment to quantitatively ...

Movie review: ‘Beau is Afraid’ a thrilling odyssey through anxiety

“Beau is Afraid,” in theaters Friday, captures the surreal feeling of anxiety with enough ambiguity to let the audience interpret the main character’s journey.

Pandemic May Have Triggered Second “Midlife Crisis” for Over-50s

Anxiety and depression that occurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic appear to trigger a second “midlife crisis” in those aged 50 and older. Researchers say women struggled more than men with psychological distress during the pandemic, and this may exacerbate and accelerate neurodegeneration, mental health, and overall health disorders.

Health Anxiety and Beliefs About Being Weak and Vulnerable

Do you believe your survival is “barely hanging on by a thread”? You can improve health anxiety by reshaping dysfunctional beliefs.

Living (dys)regulated and alienated young masculinity—Young men’s embodied experiences of mental disorders and suicidality

Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, EarlyView.

How to Help Children Cope with Anxiety

How to help your child relax and manage their anxiety.

Self-Administered Nitrous Oxide (SANO) During Transrectal Prostate Biopsy to Reduce Patient Anxiety and Pain

Conditions:   Prostate Disease;   Malignancy;   Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia;   Prostate Cancer;   Prostate Adenocarcinoma;   Anxiety and Fear;   PainInterventions:   Drug: Self-Administered Nitrous Oxide;   Other: OxygenSponsors:   Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center;   Brigham and Women’s HospitalCompleted

Weight-shaming frequently backfires. Why do doctors and families do it?

Experts say it can lead to everything from depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and other mental-health effects to poor heart health and even death.

Climate anxiety linked to lack of access to green space

Survey shows being around nature has a positive effect on mental health.

Sleep Disturbances Prevalent in Long COVID, Analysis Finds

Source: Google News – Health More than two in five patients with long COVID suffer from moderate to severe sleep disturbances, according to an analysis published in Journal of General Internal Medicine. The analysis also identified risk factors for moderate to severe sleep disturbances, including race, hospitalization for COVID-19, greater anxiety severity, and fatigue. After adjusting ...

[Correspondence] Shared decision making with psychological safety

Psychological safety is defined as a shared belief that individuals within a team or group are able to take risks without fear of being embarrassed or punished.1,2 Psychological safety consists of an environment in which people feel respected and comfortable to speak up and express their ideas, opinions, and concerns, which is essential for effective ...

Coping with OCD as a Teen: A View from the Inside

Our understanding of OCD is enhanced by focusing on its distinctive characteristics, while also considering larger worldly influences.

Rick Hanson: Compassion is a kind of superpower. Here’s what research says it can do.

Compassion makes us more resilient and less anxious or depressed, and it increases self-worth and happiness, research tells us.

Efficacy of electrical cranial stimulation for treatment of psychiatric symptoms in patients with anxiety: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Therapeutic effects of electrical cranial stimulation (CES) in patients suffering from anxiety remained unclear. This meta-analysis aimed at investigating acceptability and therapeutic efficacy of CES against anxiety, depression, and insomnia for patients who experienced symptoms of anxiety. … … Our study supported the use of CES for symptoms of anxiety, depression, and insomnia in those suffering ...

The Role of Attachment Anxiety, Attachment Avoidance, and Grit on Life Satisfaction and Relationship Satisfaction

Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Ahead of Print. The present study examined the role of attachment anxiety, attachment avoidance, and grit on life satisfaction and romantic relationship satisfaction. We recruited participants (n = 378, mean age = 28.3) using convenience and snowball sampling (i.e., via Facebook and email). The sample consisted of 86 males, 284 females, ...

Integrative Jungian Psychotherapy for Anxiety and OCD

Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Ahead of Print. Cognitive-behavioral interventions for anxiety and obsessive–compulsive disorder have received a great deal of attention for their growing evidence base. These therapies focus on symptom elimination by way of cognitive and behavioral change and, though undoubtedly helpful, miss important symbolic aspects of the client’s experience of these disorders that ...

The Psychological Correlates of Decreased Death Anxiety After a Near-Death Experience: The Role of Self-Esteem, Mindfulness, and Death Representations

Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Ahead of Print. Near-death experiences (NDE) are intense events that can have profound psychological consequences. Although decreased fear of death after an NDE is a well-documented phenomenon, it is unclear what psychological factors are associated with reduced death anxiety. In this study, grounded in terror management theory, we compared 102 people ...

Basic Tenets of Separation Theory

Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Ahead of Print. This article outlines the basic tenets of separation theory, including the fantasy bond and the voice process. The fantasy bond is a unifying concept explaining how human beings seek security in fantasies of fusion in an attempt to heal the fracture related to interpersonal trauma compounded by death ...

Associations Between Existential Concerns and Adverse Experiences: A Systematic Review

Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Ahead of Print. Exposure to traumatic events or adverse experiences and its consequences have been studied mainly from a posttraumatic stress disorder perspective. Existential psychotherapy focuses on universal human concerns and the anxiety that occurs when a person confronts the conflicts inherent in life and toward death, which include the experience ...

From Climate Anxiety to Climate Action: An Existential Perspective on Climate Change Concerns Within Psychotherapy

Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Ahead of Print. With the growing body of knowledge climate change stands out as one of the most important contemporary problems. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirms the urgent necessity to reduce greenhouse gases emission, as the window to address the problem is becoming narrow. Rising temperatures and bushfires, melting ...

Existential Meaninglessness Scale: Scale Development and Psychometric Properties

Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Ahead of Print. Grounded in a tripartite existential meaninglessness model, the authors developed the 18-item Existential Meaninglessness Scale (EMS) to assess one’s concern and anxiety of existential meaninglessness. Across three samples, the EMS’s factor structure and evidence of convergent, criterion-related, and incremental validity, internal consistency, and test–retest reliability were examined. Exploratory ...

Classic Psychedelic Use and Mechanisms of Mental Health: Exploring the Mediating Roles of Spirituality and Emotion Processing on Symptoms of Anxiety, Depressed Mood, and Disordered Eating in a Community Sample

Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Ahead of Print. A resurgence of research has begun to systematically examine the relationship between psychedelic use and mental health and well-being. Although preliminary findings examining the therapeutic value of these substances show promise, the mechanisms through which psychedelic use may predict reduced mental distress remain poorly understood. To this end, ...

Prefrontal engrams of long-term fear memory perpetuate pain perception

Nature Neuroscience, Published online: 06 April 2023; doi:10.1038/s41593-023-01291-x Can erasing bad memories relieve pain? Stegemann et al. uncover the cellular basis of fear–pain interactions, reporting that fear potentiates pain via memories encoded in prefrontal engrams. Blocking these memory traces reduces chronic pain in mice.

Preoperative Anxiety and Preemptive Analgesia on Postoperative Delirium in Adenotonsillectomy Surgery

Conditions:   Preoperative Anxiety;   Postoperative DeliriumIntervention:   Other: The Modified Yale Preoperative Anxiety Scale (m-YPAS) of childrenSponsor:   Zonguldak Bulent Ecevit UniversityCompleted

Lethal and severe violence: Characterizing Swedish female offenders with and without a severe mental disorder [SMD]

… All females charged with lethal or attempted lethal violence, who had undergone forensic psychiatric investigations (FPI) in Sweden between 2000 and 2014, constituting the two groups SMD (n = 84) and no SMD (n = 91), were included. … … Overall, both groups were often unemployed, previously victimized within close relations, had psychiatric health issues, and more than half ...

Therapist perceptions of the implementation of a new screening procedure using the ItFits-toolkit in an iCBT routine care clinic: A mixed-methods study using the consolidated framework for implementation research

… This study investigates the implementation of a new, more automated screening procedure using the ItFits-toolkit in the online clinic, Internet Psychiatry (iPsych) (www.internetpsykiatrien.dk), delivering guided iCBT for mild to moderate anxiety and depressive disorders. The study focuses on how the therapists experienced the process. … … The therapists experienced an improvement in the intake procedure. ...

Two years COVID-19 pandemic: Development of university students’ mental health 2020–2022

… A cross-sectional, anonymous online survey among students of six universities was conducted between April and May 2022 (N = 5,510). … …More than one third of students exhibited clinically relevant symptoms of depression (35.5%), hazardous alcohol use (33.0–35.5% depending on gender) or anxiety disorder (31.1%). Taken together, almost two out of three (61.4%) students reported ...

Exposure therapy to feared foods may help kids with eating disorders

Whether you’re afraid of dogs, needles or enclosed spaces, one of the most effective interventions for this type of anxiety disorder is exposure therapy in which you confront your fear in a safe environment. A new study finds that exposure therapy is also a promising treatment for adolescents with eating disorders. They found that exposure ...

Long-term Exposure to Multiple Ambient Air Pollutants and Association With Incident Depression and Anxiety

This cohort study investigates the association of long-term exposure to multiple air pollutants and incident depression and anxiety.

OCD and Its Cross-Generational Familial Association With Anxiety Disorders

This population register–based study examines data for offspring born in Sweden from 1960 to 1995 to evaluate the sources of parent-offspring transmission of OCD and its familial cross-generational association with more typical anxiety disorders.

Does Ashwaganda Help Anxiety? What to Know About the Stress Relief Supplement

Tonics and tablets made with this ancient herb promise to calm you down and level you out. Do they actually work?

Dow, S&P 500 Futures Slip on Renewed Recession Fears

Stock futures edged lower as investors focused on fresh signs of a slowing economy.

Decision-making styles during stressful scenarios: The role of anxiety in COVID-19 pandemic

… In this study, we investigate whether Trait Anxiety moderates the impact of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) symptoms reported during COVID-19 pandemic on decision-making styles. … Through moderation analysis, we observed that experiencing PTS is associated with a higher tendency to biased/heuristic decision-making processes. … … Subjects with higher Trait Anxiety reported lower tendency to appeal to rationality, ...

There’s More to OCD Than You Think: A Conversation With Cristi López

Is it possible to make art out of a life with OCD? Artist Cristi López will inspire you with her work and advocacy.

Virtual Reality-Based Relaxation Program on Pain Intensity, Anxiety Level in Patients to be Applied With Endoscopy

Conditions:   Anxiety;   PainIntervention:   Other: Virtual reality glassesSponsor:   Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim UniversityCompleted

‘October surprise’ fears bring out the worst in U.S. politicians

Donald Trump isn’t alone or the first politician to attempt to do whatever it took to ensure his campaign survived or secured an election victory.

Moderating effects of humanistic care and socioeconomic status on the relationship among pain intensity, psychological factors, and psychological function in adults with cancer pain from a province of China: A cross-sectional study

… Our sample comprised 123 adult inpatients with cancer pain. Demographic variables were obtained from the Hospital Information System of The Second Hospital of Shanxi Medical University. Pain intensity, psychological factors, and psychological functions were evaluated with four scales, and humanistic care was practiced with a part of the patients by clinical pharmacists. First, univariate ...

Walking through the valley of the shadow of death—The psychotherapy of the head and neck cancer patient expressing suicidal ideations and impulses

Journal of Clinical Psychology, EarlyView.

Xanax and Adderall access is being blocked by secret drug limits in U.S.

Patients diagnosed with conditions like anxiety and sleep disorders have become caught in the crosshairs of America’s opioid crisis.

Who’s Trivializing OCD?

A Personal Perspective: There’s been so much trivializing OCD lately. How can we get to a more nuanced view of this misunderstood diagnosis?

New Hope for Social Anxiety Disorder

Social anxiety disorder can keep people from enjoying a normal life. A newly discovered connection to gut microbes provides some hope for improvement.

Differential relationship of observer-rated and self-rated depression and anxiety scales with heart rate variability features

Heart rate variability (HRV) is a known psychophysiological marker for diverse psychiatric symptoms. In this study, we aimed to explore the potential for clinical use of HRV by investigating the interrelationship between HRV indices and clinical measures mainly used to assess depressive and anxious symptoms. … … Our study showed that HRV is an objective indicator ...

The contribution of transdiagnostic vulnerability factors in patients with chronic insomnia

Two hundred patients with chronic insomnia disorder were recruited from a sleep disorder clinic. … After controlling for the confounding variables (depression/anxiety symptoms and demographic characteristics), hierarchical multiple linear regression suggested the significant association of neuroticism (BFI), cognitive reappraisal (ERQ), personal standards (CPQ), evaluative concerns (CPQ), physical concerns (ASI), cognitive concerns (ASI), and repetitive negative thinking ...

The effects of anxiety on practice behaviors and performance quality in expert pianists

IntroductionDuring their career, musicians need to undergo intense periods of training to master musical instruments and become accomplished artists. Dysfunctional practice behaviors and anxiety are often mentioned among the possible risk factors for playing-related injuries in musicians. However, the mechanism through which these might lead to the onset of these injuries is still unclear. The ...

More Myths About Exposure Therapy

Facing your fears can reduce anxiety—but only sometimes.

Some in Nashville’s LGBTQ community meet in private to grieve amid death threats

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Dozens of members of the LGBTQ community in Nashville came together Saturday for a private meeting to grieve and heal amid palpable and widespread fear since last week’s school shooting.

NGOs slam missed chance to prevent seabed mining

As two weeks of negotiations concluded over possible environmental rules restricting large-scale mining of the seabed, NGOs voiced fear that industry may soon be given …

Trump’s GOP grip forces rivals into contortions after indictment

Republicans mostly condemned the prosecution as politically motivated. But subtleties in the pronouncements reveal the fear within the Republican Party of criticizing the ex-president.

The risk factors of progestational anxiety, depression, and sleep disturbance in women with recurrent pregnancy loss: A cross-sectional study in China

BackgroundThe risk factors of progestational anxiety, depression, and sleep disturbance in women with a history of recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) remain controversial, additional study is needed to investigate the incidence and risk factors of progestational anxiety, depression, and sleep quality in RPL women.MethodsA cross-sectional study was conducted among 663 non-pregnant RPL women in Northeast China ...

Newly Discovered Trigger for Major Depression Opens New Possibilities for Treatments

Glycine, a common amino acid, appears to play a role in the development of major depression, anxiety, and other mood-related disorders.

Why Routine Anxiety Screening Is a Bad Idea

A distinguished panel has recommended anxiety screening for adults in primary care without any direct evidence of benefit. What is going on here?

The effects of physical exercise on anxiety symptoms of college students: A meta-analysis

ObjectiveThis study aimed to evaluate the effect of an exercise intervention on improving and alleviating anxiety symptoms in college students with a meta-analytical approach.MethodsSeveral databases (e.g., PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane Library) were used to search for randomized controlled trials (in short, RCTs) on interventions for physical exercise or aerobic exercise in college students with ...

Younger people abandon smartphones for less anxiety, brain fog and mental strain

Shunning his smartphone for a “dumb” one changed the way Jose Briones engages with the world — and he likes it that way. The 27-year-old Colorado resident turns to CDs when he wants music, instead of streaming it. When he has to get someplace, he prints out directions before setting out or, if needed, falls back on ...

Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy in adolescents with multiple psychiatric diagnoses

Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy is a promising new treatment for a variety of mental disorders of adolescence. There is currently an adolescent mental health crisis, with a high prevalence of disorders, diagnostic complexity, and many adolescents failing to respond to conventional treatments. While there is strong evidence for the use of ketamine in adults for a variety ...

Adolescents’ Multi-Layered Media Processing: A Panel Study on Positive and Negative Perceptions Toward Ideals and Adolescents’ Appearance Anxiety

Communication Research, Ahead of Print. Selective exposure literature indicates that not all users take away the same messages from their media exposure; it is suggested that viewers are not merely exposed but rather reactive to multiple—and possibly opposing—messages. The current study aims to introduce an active media-processing perspective, focusing specifically on the media-body image association ...

An exploration of happiness, anxiety symptoms, and depressive symptoms among older adults during the coronavirus pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected millions of people worldwide. Because of the challenges associated with the pandemic, universal levels of happiness have likely depleted. We know little about how those with prior existing mental health concerns have responded to the pandemic. Using cross-sectional (study 1; N = 1,366) and longitudinal (study 2; N = 262) ...

Prevalence and variables .associated with depression, anxiety, and stress among Chilean higher education students, post-pandemic

Mental health among university students is a public health problem in Chile, understanding that this population is susceptible to mental disorders. The present study aimed to determine the prevalence and variables influencing depression, anxiety, and stress in Chilean university students. A representative sample (n = 1,062) of Chilean university students and a cross-sectional study design were used. ...

The impact of online office on social anxiety among primary and secondary school teachers—Considering online social support and work intensity

The COVID-19 has had a major impact on the global education system. In order to ensure the normal implementation of education courses, governments and education departments around the world have taken corresponding emergency measures. Based on data from 384 validated questionnaires, this study explored the effects of teleworking practices, work intensity, and online social support ...

3 Signs Your Relationship Is Based on Loneliness, Not Love

Is it true love? Or is it the fear of being lonely or losing someone?

Are You a Life Optimizer? What to Do About Perfectionism

Perfectionism can be exhausting and anxiety-inducing. Learn how to break the cycle through a healthier assessment of the risks and rewards of perfectionism.

Association between mental health symptoms and behavioral performance in younger vs. older online workers

The COVID-19 pandemic has been associated with increased rates of mental health problems, particularly in younger people. We quantified mental health of online workers before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, and cognition during the early stages of the pandemic in 2020. A pre-registered data analysis plan was completed, testing the following three hypotheses: reward-related behaviors ...

A Transdiagnostic group therapy for sleep and anxiety among adults with substance use disorders: Protocol and pilot investigation

Treatment of substance use disorders (SUDs) is challenging with high rates of treatment dropout and relapse, particularly among individuals with comorbid psychiatric conditions. Anxiety and insomnia are prevalent among those with SUD and exacerbate poor treatment outcomes. Interventions that concurrently target anxiety and insomnia during the early stages of SUD treatment are lacking. To this ...

Remote working and occupational stress: Effects on IT-enabled industry employees in Hyderabad Metro, India

In the present study, the researchers reported the results of an empirical study on remote working and occupational stress and their effects on employees’ job satisfaction, motivation, and performance. Remote working has three subscales: self-proficiency, technology, and teamwork. Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation subscales were included to assess employee motivation. A simple random sampling method was ...

Internalized homonegativity moderates the association between attachment avoidance and emotional intimacy among same-sex male couples

IntroductionThe present study aimed to examine dyadic associations between attachment insecurity and emotional intimacy in same-sex male couples, and to investigate whether and how each partner’s internalized homonegativity (IH) moderated these associations.MethodsThe sample included 138 same-sex male couples. Both dyad members completed self-report measures of attachment insecurity, emotional intimacy, and IH. The actor-partner interdependence model ...

How a Parent’s Social Anxiety Can Impact a Child

Today, more than ever, children gain access to their social networks outside of the classroom through their parents.

The Realities of JOMO Versus FOMO

Some people with social anxiety express JOMO rather than FOMO—they get joy from missing out rather than having the fear of it. But recent research suggests that it may be more complicated.

Development and psychometric properties of the Stressors in Breast Cancer Scale

BackgroundA diagnosis of breast cancer generates psychological stress, due not only to treatment and its side effects but also to the impact on different areas of the patient’s daily life. Although there are instruments for measuring psychological stress in the cancer context, there is currently no tool for assessing stressors specific to breast cancer.AimsThe aim ...

Caregiving burden, depression, and anxiety among family caregivers of patients with cancer: An investigation of patient and caregiver factors

BackgroundCaring for patients with cancer can result in significant burden, anxiety, and depression among family caregivers, leading to alterations in their mental and physical wellbeing. Evidence on the level of cancer caregivers’ burden, depression, anxiety, their role in assisting their patients, and other patient and caregiver factors that play in improving/worsening the outcomes, is limited. ...

The impact of adolescent achievement goal orientation on learning anxiety: The mediation effect of peer interaction

Learning anxiety is one of the most critical emotional disturbances, which also has a high incidence rate in adolescents. Peer interaction is critical and unique for adolescents. Although previous studies have found that achievement goal orientation has an important role in the development of learning anxiety, its mechanism has not been clarified. This study surveyed ...

Silicon Valley Bank failed the test when communications really mattered to stakeholders

The rapid demise of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) has triggered global bank fears and provides a test case for how not to communicate in a crisis.

Bodies of People With Mental Illness Are Biologically Older Than Their Actual Age

People with a long-term history of mental illness, including bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders, have blood biomarkers that reflect increased biological aging. The findings may help explain why those with mental health disorders tend to have shorter life spans and are more prone to age-related diseases than the general population.

“Running is my therapy. It improves my confidence and makes me feel better about myself”

When a new business venture triggered stress, anxiety and depression – running and opening up about his problems helped Sha recover

How to Boost Your Courage Without Battling Your Fears

Do you want to be more courageous without having to battle your fears? Here are a few questions that can make it easier to leave your comfort zone.

Childhood exposure to parental threatening behaviors and anxiety in emerging adulthood: Indirect effects of perceived stress

Journal of Clinical Psychology, EarlyView.

Los niños y adolescentes con depresión se pueden beneficiar de la actividad física

España se sitúa como el país europeo con mayor prevalencia de problemas de salud mental entre niños y adolescentes, según Unicef

Is it really that important to you? How the topics of conflict and emotional reactions to conflicts explain the associations between attachment insecurities and relationship satisfaction

Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Volume 49, Issue 1, Page 260-279, January 2023.

Klimawandel und psychische Gesundheit. Positionspapier einer Task-Force der DGPPN

Zusammenfassung Der Klimawandel und die damit häufiger auftretenden Extremwetterereignisse wirken sich direkt negativ auf die psychische Gesundheit aus. Naturkatastrophen gehen insbesondere mit einem Anstieg von Depressionen, Angst- und Traumafolgestörungen einher. Indirekte Folgen des Klimawandels wie Nahrungsmittelknappheit, ökonomische Krisen, gewaltvolle Konflikte und unfreiwillige Migration stellen zusätzlich massive ...

Psychometric properties of the generalized anxiety disorder-7 (GAD-7) in a sample of workers

To evaluate the psychometric properties of the GAD-7 by obtaining evidence of internal structure (dimensionality, precision and differential functioning of items) and association with external variables. … The GAD-7 is a psychometrically robust tool for detecting individual variability in symptoms of anxiety in workers.

Lanie Bachmann, Winner of the 2022 NIMH Three-Minute Talks Competition

Lanie Bachmann discusses how different emotional expressions capture your attention and whether anxiety may act as a modulating factor through an online visual search experiment. Topics: Anxiety

Clues to the Cause of Chronic Gut Pain

A specific pathway of nerves and cells that link the gut to the brain may be responsible for chronic gut pain. Chronic gut pain is commonly associated with IBS, and mental health disorders including anxiety and depression.

Neuropathic pain, cognitive fusion, and alexithymia in patients with multiple sclerosis: Cross‐sectional evidence for an explanatory model of anxiety symptoms

Journal of Clinical Psychology, EarlyView.

Never underestimate fears, blocks, and resistances: The interplay between experiential practices, self‐conscious emotions, and the therapeutic relationship in compassion focused therapy

Journal of Clinical Psychology, EarlyView.

[Articles] Grading disorder severity and averted burden by access to treatment within the GBD framework: a case study with anxiety disorders

Because it is based on guidance from a single survey done in one high-income country, the burden of anxiety disorders in low-income and middle-income countries is probably underestimated by GBD. Despite the availability of effective treatments, low use of these treatments means that most burden is still avoidable. Most of the burden could be averted ...

Sniffing body odour is tested as an anxiety therapy

Researchers say it may help trigger calming brain pathways and are putting their theory to the test.

Exposurepedia: A pilot study of a web-tool to support the implementation of exposure therapy for anxiety-related disorders

Publication date: November 2022Source: Journal of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, Volume 32, Issue 4Author(s): Rachel A. Schwartz, Lisa D. Yankowitz, Lily A. Brown

Experts weigh in on what new users should know about CBD for anxiety

Anxiety disorder can make it hard to navigate life, but lately CBD has been touted as a natural treatment for the nerve-wracking condition. But is CBD good for anxiety?

The effectiveness of gluten-free dietary interventions: A systematic review

Celiac disease is a chronic autoimmune gastroenterological disorder in which the digestion of gluten leads to damage and constant inflammation in the small intestine. Moreover, there are associated physical and mental health problems related to celiac disease, i.e., a lower health-related quality of life and increased depression and anxiety symptoms. The only effective treatment for ...

Few People Seem to Find Real Joy in JOMO

People who enjoy experiencing JOMO, the “joy of missing out”, tend to have higher levels of social anxiety, a new study reports. Disclaimer: The content of this article has not been checked or verified. Proceed at your own risk.

Gut feelings: why drugs that nurture your microbes could be the future of mental health

Scientists know our gut influences our brain. So psychobiotic drugs that shift the composition of microbes in the gut may be able to help treat disorders such as anxiety and depression In a classic comic strip, most recently gracing the Beano, tiny characters called “numskulls” live in the head of a chap called Edd, controlling ...

low self esteem

hey everyone. I feel like opening up about this finally, maybe it will make me feel better. So, to start, how do people even deal with low self esteem? I’ve read about a lot of possible ways to deal with it, but it’s not working. Like no, I don’t want to focus on the positives and ...

Parent-identified barriers to accessing exposure therapy: A qualitative study using process mapping

Youth with anxiety and obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) rarely access exposure therapy, an evidence-based treatment. Known barriers include transportation, waitlists, and provider availability. Efforts to improve access to exposure require an understanding of the process that families take to find therapists, yet no prior studies have examined parents’ perspectives of the steps involved. …

Repeated stage exposure reduces music performance anxiety

“… We conclude that repeated stage exposure significantly reduces HR as well as restlessness and playing errors linked to MPA. Public performances are still successful when HR is significantly higher than during rest periods. These results underscore the importance of stage training to become accustomed to realistic public self-exposure. Musicians – especially students – should ...

Fear of Failing: The Secrets Behind Social Anxiety

Social anxiety is associated with a higher risk of developing depression and addiction disorders. Researchers say the fear of rejection may be at the root of social anxiety. The article has not been checked for errors. Proceed at your own risk.

Liz Carr: I have huge anxiety about being told I was not going to live long

Liz Carr has said, since being told in her early teens that she was not going to live very long, she still has “huge anxiety”.

“The Parallel Dialogue”: Parental experience of their role in the relationship with their child’s counsellor/psychotherapist

Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, EarlyView.

‘Everything is out of control’: How to beat economic anxiety

Taking charge of your finances is about more than cutting your daily flat white at the local cafe. It starts with making better emotional decisions.

Sustained increase in depression and anxiety among psychiatrically healthy adolescents during late stage COVID-19 pandemic

Increased symptoms of depression and anxiety were sustained at the later stage of the pandemic in healthy adolescents. Replication of these findings with a larger sample size would be required to draw firm conclusions.

Alexinomia: The fear of using personal names

Introduction Preliminary research based on everyday observations suggests that there are people, who experience severe fear when addressing others with their personal names. The aim of this study was to explore the extent to which this hitherto little-known psychological phenomenon really exists and to investigate its characteristic features, considering the everyday experience of not being able ...

COVID-19 Pandemic Associated With Worse Mental Health and Accelerated Brain Development in Adolescents

An NIMH-supported study suggests that adolescents living through the COVID-19 pandemic may be experiencing more anxiety and depression symptoms and accelerated brain aging.

De darse una ducha a escribir pensamientos: así actúan los psicólogos cuando tienen ansiedad

Seis profesionales explican a EL PAÍS sus estrategias para cuidar su salud mental

Are You Watching Videos on TikTok About Health Tragedies?

Health anxiety makes us pay special attention to stories of illness and death. To combat the effects of this, we need to retrain our brains.

Characterizing Abnormal Neural Networks in Dogs With Anxiety

Dogs with anxiety have stronger neural connections between the amygdala and other areas of the anxiety network in the brain compared to less anxious dogs.

Initiation of antidepressants in patients infected with SARS-COV-2: Don’t forget Caution for “Paradoxical” Anxiety/Jitteriness syndrome—Commentary: Prescription of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in COVID-19 infection needs caution

Initiation of antidepressants in patients infected with SARS-COV-2: Don't forget Caution for “Paradoxical” Anxiety/Jitteriness syndrome—Commentary: Prescription of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in COVID-19 infection needs caution

The efficacy of mindfulness-based therapy for anxiety, social skills, and aggressive behaviors in children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A systematic review

Introduction The purpose of this systematic review was to examine the efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions for improving anxiety, social skills, and aggressive behaviors in children and young people (CYP) with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); summarize the results across clinic, home, and school contexts; and evaluate the quality of these interventions for clinical practice. Methods A search of the ...

Por qué dormimos menos y peor que hace cuatro décadas

Uno de cada cuatro adultos cree que no descansa bien, y España lidera el consumo mundial de medicamentos para dormir. Causas individuales, pero también sociales como los horarios, la falta de conciliación o el uso de pantallas, están detrás de este problema cada vez más generalizado en la sociedad

Is Exercise as Effective as Medications or Talk Therapy?

Moving your body significantly improves depression, anxiety, and overall health. So why is it not a front-line approach in the United States? While exercise is well-recognized as beneficial to mood and health, it is often overlooked in the initial management of these conditions. The largest meta-analytic research study to date evaluating the impact of exercise on mood ...

Detecting Hidden Brain States With Mathematical Models

Using a mathematical model to study how the brain predicts information and learns, researchers discovered signals for accuracy are found in the anterior insula and anxiety affects activity levels in this brain region. … Why do we have emotions? Klaas Enno Stephan, a professor at ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich, considers the question carefully before ...

Optimize Your Anxiety

Worried about your career and unsure how to become valuable to others? Author and venture capitalist Matt Higgins offers some insights and knowledge. According to the Yerkes-Dodson law, a healthy amount of stress (i.e. performance anxiety) can help increase one’s performance. According to businessman Matt Higgins, being comfortable at work means you have excess capacity and you ...

Is Your Anxiety or Depression Worse When You’re Alone?

Have screens made us sadder, more anxious, and emotionally dumber? Screen dependency can impair people’s ability to enjoy alone time, fostering disassociation and disconnection from themselves and others. Studies show that screen dependency can negatively impact mental health, the ability to self-soothe, and emotional intelligence. Steps to enjoy alone time include limiting screen time, starting a mindfulness practice, ...

José Francisco López-Gil, nutricionista: “Hemos visto un aumento de la obsesión compulsiva por la comida saludable con las redes sociales”

Un estudio que incluye 16 países concluye que el 22% de los niños y adolescentes sufren trastornos de la alimentación

Digital Anxiety

Do you struggle with digital anxiety? A few adjustments can make a big difference. Anxiety is a part of living, both online and offline. Keeping an anxiety journal may help to relieve stress. It may also help to limit social media and screen time and commit to non-digital self-care practices.

How an Opioid Settlement Hinders Patients’ Access to ADHD Medication and Other Drugs

An agreement between attorneys general and major drug distributors increased scrutiny on medications for A.D.H.D., addiction, anxiety and pain.

The Cost of Anxiety

Anxiety can negatively affect different parts of your life. Anxiety can negatively affect your relationships, work performance, and overall health. Anxiety is associated with thought patterns than can make you vulnerable to depression. Recalibrating your expectations to a more realistic level can reduce anxiety.

Exercise Is Even More Effective Than Counselling or Medication for Depression

Exercise is an effective way to help with the treatment of a range of mental health disorders including depression and anxiety. In fact, exercise could be more effective than medication and counseling for depression.

Excerpt from Barrett Rollins’ ‘In Sickness’

Excerpted from “In Sickness: A Memoir” by Barrett Rollins, Chief Scientific Officer, Emeritus, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Linde Family Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

Excerpt from ‘Why We Meditate’

Another in series of pieces about resetting our lives for a healthier new year. Excerpted from “Why We Meditate: The Science and Practice of Clarity and Compassion” by Daniel Goleman, Ph.D. ’74, and Tsoknyi Rinpoche, with Adam Kane.

Surgical patients addicted to cannabis face greater post-op risks

Surgical patients with cannabis use disorder were linked with higher odds of a 30-day hospital readmission, compared to patients who did not use cannabis, according to a first-of-its-kind study led by anesthesiologists at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Researchers found that patients with a diagnosed cannabis use disorder more often required advanced postprocedural health care ...

Can mindfulness help anxiety? Trial suggests yes.

Research has shown that the U.S. is facing a mental health crisis, with specialists unable to keep pace with a surge in cases during the pandemic. Amanda Baker, an assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and director of Mass General’s Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders, recently worked with colleagues from New ...

A laugh a day keeps the doctor away?

The former director of psychology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital says laughter has a lot going for it. It makes us feel good, brings people closer together, lightens a workplace, and even, Dattilo has found in her practice, helps those with depression manage their condition. “Health care is expensive,” said Dattilo, an instructor of psychology in ...

Why did so many buy COVID misinformation?

Misinformation and disinformation about COVID and government-led health measures to combat the pandemic hampered efforts to form a unified national response to the disease. Public health officials, who struggled to convince doubters and skeptics, are still working through how and why it happened. Panelists at a talk hosted by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law, Biotechnology, ...

Worried about child’s mental health? You’re not alone.

… Pew Research Center’s Parenting in America Today survey, released in January, found that mental health issues are a top concern for parents, with 40 percent saying they are extremely or very worried that their children are struggling with anxiety or depression, and 36 percent feeling somewhat worried. In 2015, only 54 percent of parents ...

All Work, No Independent Play Cause of Children’s Declining Mental Health

The rise in childhood mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression may be linked to the decline in opportunities to play, explore, and engage in activities independent of parental control and oversight.

Health Concerns Mount in East Palestine Weeks After Ohio Train Derailment

In a tight-knit town already skeptical of the government, the lack of concrete information, and the open-ended nature of the crisis, undergird anxiety.

With humor and Xanax earrings, she fearlessly puts Latino mental health on display

After her experience with generalized anxiety disorder, entrepreneur Rosa Valdes is working to normalize mental health awareness among Latinos.

Mental Health Impact of COVID-19 May Not Be As Bad As Thought

Source: United Press International – Health News A new review of 137 studies from around the world has found that, despite dramatic stories about COVID-19’s impact on mental health, the psychological fallout from the pandemic has been less intense than thought. The pandemic has, however, had a disproportionate effect on women, according to the study, including ...

Anxiety, fear fill West Virginia’s transgender-health clinic

Doctors in West Virginia say transgender health care that could soon be banned in the state is just as essential as the other lifesaving services they provide

Patients with Long COVID May Have Lower Levels of Brain Oxygen

Source: United Press International – Health News People who have long COVID—lingering symptoms after a COVID-19 infection—may also have lower oxygen levels in the brain, cognitive problems, and psychiatric troubles such as anxiety and depression, according to a pair of new studies. The results on brain oxygen are important, said lead author Dr. Peter Hall, “because ...

Talking about climate change and eco-anxiety in psychotherapy: A qualitative analysis of patients’ experiences.

Psychotherapy, Vol 59(4), Dec 2022, 606-615; doi:10.1037/pst0000449 Citizens’ worries about climate change are often realistic and legitimate. Simultaneously, these worries can also become a source of distress so severe as to impair everyday functioning and prompt someone to seek psychotherapy. These emergent phenomena are often referred to as “climate anxiety” or “climate depression” by the ...

Dementia-Related Behaviors Before, During, and After the Pandemic

Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), including depression, anxiety, and psychosis, are ubiquitous among people living with dementia and agnostic to the etiology and stage of illness. Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia are associated with poor outcomes for people living with dementia, including reduced quality of life, increased health care use, and nursing ...

Older People with Anxiety Frequently Don’t Get Help. Here’s Why

Source: CNN – Top Stories Anxiety is the most common psychological disorder affecting adults in the United States. In older people, it’s associated with considerable distress as well as ill health, diminished quality of life and elevated rates of disability. Yet when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent, influential panel of experts, suggested last ...

An ADHD Diagnosis in Adulthood Comes with Challenges and Benefits

Source: APA Monitor When Terry Matlen, a clinical social worker, was in her 40s, she was diagnosed with ADHD. “My entire life, there was something off,” Matlen said. This included significant anxiety as well as academic and behavioral issues, all of which started at a young age. Although Matlen was initially quite skeptical of her diagnosis, ...

As Climate Changes, Climate Anxiety Rises in Youth

Source: CBS News – Health Kids often worry about much different things than their parents do. One of the big ones is climate change. Research shows most youth are “extremely worried” about it, leading to a phenomenon called climate anxiety. Kids and young adults with this anxiety feel they have no future or that humanity is ...

Effectiveness of cognitive analytic therapy for mixed anxiety and depression in the context of borderline traits: A quasi-experimental single case design evaluation.

Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, Vol 33(1), Mar 2023, 34-46; doi:10.1037/int0000281 The evidence base for the use of cognitive analytic therapy (CAT) as a short-term, integrative, and relational psychotherapy for anxiety and depression is building. This study contributes by intensively studying change in two types of quantitative outcomes (ideographic and nomothetic) over treatment time. The study ...

Blood Test for Anxiety Developed

A newly developed blood test screens for biomarkers associated with anxiety to determine a person’s risk of developing the disorder as well as monitor the severity of symptoms in those with anxiety.

Improved lifestyle is associated with improved depression, anxiety and well-being over time in UK healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic: insights from the CoPE-HCP cohort study

Background One potential modifiable factor to improve the mental health of healthcare professionals (HCPs) during the pandemic is lifestyle. Aims This study aimed to assess whether an improved lifestyle during the pandemic is associated with improved mental health symptoms and mental well-being in HCPs over time. Methods This was a cohort study involving an online survey distributed at two separate ...

Proactive psychological and psychiatric support of patients with chronic non-communicable diseases in a randomised trial: a Ukrainian experience

Background Presently, approaches for the early treatment of pathological anxiety in patients with chronic non-communicable diseases are lacking, thus delaying the initiation of symptom management at the early onset of the illness. Proactive psychological and psychiatric support, to alleviate subclinical symptoms of anxiety and to improve the quality of life in patients with chronic non-communicable diseases, ...

Investigating genetic causal relationships between blood pressure and anxiety, depressive symptoms, neuroticism and subjective well-being

Background High blood pressure is a leading cardiovascular disease risk factor and considered to be associated with psychological factors. However, the causal relationships between blood pressure and anxiety, depressive symptoms, neuroticism and subjective well-being are not clear. Aims The current study explored the genetic causal relationships between blood pressure and anxiety, depressive symptoms, neuroticism and subjective well-being. Methods Mendelian randomisation ...

The mental health of China and Pakistan, mental health laws and COVID-19 mental health policies: a comparative review

Mental health is one of the major causes of disability worldwide, and mental health problems such as depression and anxiety are ranked among the top 25 leading causes of disease burden in the world. This burden is considerable over the lifetime of both men and women and in various settings and ages. This study aims ...

Interaction Structures in the Online Psychodynamic Psychotherapy of a Patient with Anxiety Symptoms

Interaction structures (IS) are reciprocal and mutual patterns of interaction between the therapist and patient, sometimes without either being aware of them. IS are mostly unique to each dyad but also can capture patterns that might be due to a particular therapy approach or clinical condition. The identification of IS in online psychodynamic settings can ...

Researchers develop blood test for anxiety

Researchers have successfully developed a blood test for anxiety. The test examines biomarkers that can help them objectively determine someone’s risk for developing anxiety, the severity of their current anxiety and which therapies would likely treat their anxiety the best.

A racing heart makes the mind race, too, mouse study finds

Lowering heart rate may be a way to treat mood disorders such as anxiety and depression

Anxiety in Late Life—Questioning the Federal Guidelines for Anxiety Screening in Older Adults

This Viewpoint discusses the updated US Preventive Services Task Force recommendations for anxiety screening in adults.

Pregnant patients with anxiety have altered immune systems

The immune system of pregnant women with anxiety is biologically different from that of pregnant women without anxiety, according to new research.

Young adults in California experience alarming rates of anxiety and depression, poll finds

A poll of young Californians finds a generation feeling the strain of problems from the cost of housing to a lack of healthcare.

An increased heart rate induces anxiety, study hints

‘This is an unequivocal demonstration that, at least in mice, heart rate can affect anxiety’

Long COVID Linked to Lower Brain Oxygen Levels, Cognitive Problems and Psychiatric Symptoms

Long COVID is linked to reduced oxygen uptake in the brain, a new study reports. Researchers say the finding is significant as a lack of sufficient oxygen supply may be one of the mechanisms that cause brain fog, cognitive problems, and an increased risk of depression and anxiety in long COVID patients.

You’re an Anxious Person and Want to Quit Your Job. Here’s What to Do.

Leaving a job can create worry in anyone, but especially in people who are prone to anxiety. Preparation and knowing you’re not alone can help.

Exercise More Effective Than Medicines to Manage Mental Health

Exercise intervention that lasts 12 weeks or less appears to be most effective at reducing mental health symptoms, especially for those suffering from anxiety and depression. Higher-intensity exercise proved more beneficial in reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression than longer-duration programs.

Why Aren’t Doctors Screening Older Americans for Anxiety?

Anxiety disorders are common among seniors, but an influential panel seems likely to recommend against routine screening. Some experts disagree.

Protein Biomarkers Identified in Women Who Developed Perinatal Depression and Anxiety

Study reveals women who develop anxiety and mood disorders such as perinatal depression during pregnancy have specific altered proteins circulating in their blood stream during the third trimester.

Mystical and Insightful Psychedelic Experience May Improve Mental Health

Recent studies have explored the use of psychedelics for the treatment of a range of mental health disorders. A new study reveals more insightful and mystical “trips” while exposed to psychedelics may be linked to an enduring reduction of symptoms for those with anxiety and depression.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Patients May Suffer Significantly Higher Rates of Anxiety, Depression and Suicidal Ideation

Study reveals a link between IBS and an increased risk of developing mental health disorders including anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation. Researchers say identifying and treating mental health comorbidities in those with IBS improves the quality of life for sufferers.

You can’t fix school refusal with ‘tough love’ – but these steps might help | Christine Grové and Alexandra Marinucci

Parents and educators should approach a child refusing to go to school in a supportive, collaborative and responsive way, without punishmentSchool attendance levels in Australia are a massive issue, according to the education minister, Jason Clare. As he told reporters last week, he hopes to talk to state colleagues about the issue at a meeting ...

‘It’s soul destroying’: why so many NHS staff are off sick with burnout

Doctors, paramedics and nurses explain the stress and anxiety of working in a system that has reached breaking point“Frustration with the system was why I went off in the end,” said Conor Calby, 26, a paramedic and Unison rep in southwest England, who was recently off work for a month with burnout. “I felt like ...

Neural Correlates of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention in Anorexia Nervosa

Mindfulness meditation training reduces anxiety associated with eating disorders by altering the activity of brain areas associated with anxiety.

Study reveals links between UK air pollution and mental ill-health

Researchers find long-term exposure to even relatively low levels raises risk of depression and anxietyLong-term exposure to even comparatively low levels of air pollution could cause depression and anxiety, according to a study exploring the links between air quality and mental ill-health.Tracking the incidence of depression and anxiety in almost 500,000 UK adults over 11 ...

Considering Feb Fast? Here are the immediate and long-term benefits of giving up alcohol

From improving sleep quality to unmasking underlying anxiety, a booze-free month is good for your health – and it could be the gateway to longer-term abstinenceGet our weekend culture and lifestyle emailThe holidays are drawing to a close, leaving only memories of end-of-year parties, and hot afternoons nursing a chilled beer or white wine. Traditionally ...

The impact of working alliance in managing youth anxiety and depression: a scoping review

The impact of working alliance in managing youth anxiety and depression: a scoping review

‘Doctors told me my heart palpitations were anxiety – actually I had a disease that could have killed me’

Jade Cooke, 35, used to do yoga five times a week and knew something was wrong when she stated to get extremely breathless

Poor Literacy Linked to Worse Mental Health Worldwide

Poor literacy skills or being illiterate is associated with an increased risk of developing anxiety and depression, researchers say. Additionally, poor literacy is also linked to increased feelings of loneliness.

Anxiety and functional impairment affects undergraduate psychology students’ learning in remote emergency teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic

Anxiety and functional impairment affects undergraduate psychology students’ learning in remote emergency teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic

Try these strategies to help children cope with going back to school – they work for parents and teachers too | Bethany Devenish, Ana Mantilla and Nicole Rinehart for the Conversation

If your child is anxious about starting school or going back after the summer holidays, the approaches we use for children with disability can help all familiesWhy does one child experience excitement at the thought of starting the school year while another experiences debilitating anxiety?It’s rarely one thing and is often a combination of factors, ...

Anxiety symptoms and puberty interactively predict lower cingulum microstructure in preadolescent Latina girls

Anxiety symptoms and puberty interactively predict lower cingulum microstructure in preadolescent Latina girls

Daily exposure to virtual nature reduces symptoms of anxiety in college students

Daily exposure to virtual nature reduces symptoms of anxiety in college students

Frequent Visits to Green Space Linked to Lower Use of Certain Prescription Meds

People who frequently visit green spaces are less likely to use prescription medications for anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, and asthma, a new study reports.

The link between mental health and ADHD is strong — so why aren’t we paying attention?

On Blue Monday — supposedly the gloomiest day of the year — a study shows adults with high levels of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms are more likely to experience anxiety and depression than adults with high levels of autistic traits.

Managing emotions better could prevent pathological aging

Negative emotions, anxiety and depression are thought to promote the onset of neurodegenerative diseases and dementia. But what is their impact on the brain and can their deleterious effects be limited? Neuroscientists have observed the activation of the brains of young and older adults when confronted with the psychological suffering of others. The neuronal connections ...

Scary monsters: how virtual reality could help people cope with anxiety

Guardian science correspondent is put to the test in the panic-inducing VR world of a game that teaches breathing techniqueTethered to a chair, in a gloomy basement, I’m doing my best not to panic – by breathing in for four seconds, holding for seven, and slowly releasing for eight. But when a bloodthirsty monster appears ...

Common Brain Network for Psychiatric Illness Discovered

Investigating four pre-existing, publically available psychological and neurological data sets, researchers identify a network of brain areas that underlie psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.

How We Learn From Being Wrong Can Lead to Anxiety

Those with a more pessimistic outlook show an increase in anxiety when their expectations turn out to be incorrect.

Kym Marsh: There were times on Strictly when my anxiety threatened to take hold

Kym Marsh said there were times during training and performing on Strictly Come Dancing when her anxiety “reared its head” but that she cherishes learning how far she was able to push herself.

Stop tying yourself in knots: what stress does to your body – and how to beat it

From migraines to IBS, back pain and hair loss, millions of us suffer health problems triggered by stress and anxiety. Here’s how to deal with them?Nine out of 10 patients who see their GP about headaches have migraines. They affect one in seven people, with an estimated 190,000 attacks each day in the UK. Peter ...

Is it normal to be this depressed all the time?

I’ve suffered from anxiety and depression since I was a kid. I’m going to be turning 31 next year. I have taken antidepressants in my early – mid 20s and although they helped, the side effects on my body and autoimmune disease were no longer tolerable. About 7 years ago I went a more holistic ...

How to Stop Work Anxiety From Sabotaging Your Vacation

Coming back from a break can feel like the Sunday scaries on steroids. Experts offer tools to keep your dread at bay.

I can’t stop having mental breakdowns over small things my boyfriend does.

This is not something that he knows about, nor do I let affect me in front of him. I hold it together and cry in private. I have serious abandonment issues and serious indications of BPD. I already have been diagnosed with anxiety, depression and OCD. Anytime my boyfriend makes me feel ignored or unworthy, my first ...

How Do I Talk to People?

How Can I Improve Talking to Others? If you are socially anxious or shy, it can be difficult to talk to people. But with patience and practice, the process of talking to other people gets easier over time. The easiest way to start talking to someone is by finding common ground. This can be as ...

22-year-old NBA draft pick retires from basketball citing anxiety: ‘I can’t continue this fight any longer’

22-year-old Tyrell Terry calls his basketball career “the darkest times of my life” in Instagram post

For some, the Christmas season can be anything but merry. These expert tips will help you manage your anxiety and feel more festive

As the cost of living crisis escalates and normal Christmases return after a muted two years, anxiety levels are escalating too.

School refusal: parents forced to quit jobs to care for children who can’t go to class, Senate inquiry told

Mental health organisations share concerns about how students are coping after pandemic closuresFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastSome parents have been forced to quit their jobs or scale back their hours to care for children who can’t go to ...

When it is More than Post-COVID Social Discomfort: Recognizing the Signs of Social Anxiety Disorder

When it is More than Post-COVID Social Discomfort: Recognizing the Signs of Social Anxiety Disorder lisebram December 14, 2022

Medial prefrontal cortex input to basolateral amygdala controls acute stress-induced short-term anxiety-like behavior in mice

Medial prefrontal cortex input to basolateral amygdala controls acute stress-induced short-term anxiety-like behavior in mice

No evidence that gaze anxiety predicts gaze avoidance behavior during face-to-face social interaction

No evidence that gaze anxiety predicts gaze avoidance behavior during face-to-face social interaction

Common Sweetener Linked to Anxiety

Aspartame, a sweetener found in diet drinks and food, has been linked to an increased risk of developing anxiety behaviors in a new mouse study. The effects of exposure to aspartame extended for up to two generations.

Research links common sweetener with anxiety in mouse study

Researchers have linked the artificial sweetener aspartame to anxiety-like behavior in mice. Along with producing anxiety in the mice who consumed aspartame, the effects extended up to two generations from the males exposed to the sweetener, according to the study.

Fostering healthy coping tools at Christmas/during the holidays

Christmas is sold to us as the most wonderful time of year but for many of us whose life doesn’t resemble the John Lewis ad, the festive period can be Read More

Funnel metadynamics and behavioral studies reveal complex effect of D2AAK1 ligand on anxiety-like processes

Funnel metadynamics and behavioral studies reveal complex effect of D2AAK1 ligand on anxiety-like processes

Antidepressants saved my life. Then their side effects pushed me back into turmoil

Robyn Morris was prescribed the antidepressant sertraline, which helped ease her anxiety and panic attacks. But the side effects of the drug meant a resurfacing of the disordered eating she had struggled with years earlier. What happens when something that helps you also hurts you at the same time?

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep during Uncertain Times

If you’ve found yourself tossing and turning at bedtime lately, you’re certainly not alone.  In the aftermath of COVID-19, with the current socio political climate, and the rising cost of Read More

How to use the 333 rule for anxiety

Feeling anxious? This simple trick can help alleviate some of those worries

Fearlessness can be learned

The neurotransmitter serotonin plays a key role in both the onset and in the unlearning of fear and anxiety. A research team has been investigating the underlying mechanisms. The researchers showed that mice lacking a specific serotonin receptor unlearn fear much faster than the wild type. The results of the study provide a viable explanation ...

Immune System Irregularities Found in Women With Postpartum Mood Disorders

Women who experience postpartum mood disorders including PTSD, depression, and anxiety two to three years after giving birth had irregular immune system responses, researchers report.

Playing the Piano Boosts Brain Processing Power and Helps Lift the Blues

Beginners who took piano lessons for one hour a week over the course of 11 weeks showed improvements in audio and visual processing. Additionally, musical training helped to boost mood and reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety.

Having hypermobile joints can increase the risk for depression and anxiety in adolescents

A link has been found between joint hypermobility and the emergence of depression and anxiety in adolescence, according to a new study. Researchers found that young people with joint hypermobility were more likely to have depression and anxiety, and that psychiatric symptoms were also more severe among hypermobile participants.

Blood Pressure Highly Likely to Cause Neurotic Personality Trait

Study reveals a link between diastolic blood pressure and an increased risk of neurotic personality traits. Controlling blood pressure can help to reduce anxiety, depression, and neuroticism.

With Anxiety On the Rise, Some Children Try ‘Exposure Therapy’

Exposure therapy contends that many children with anxiety would be helped by following an old and simple dictum: Face your fears.

Corporal Punishment Affects Brain Activity, Anxiety, and Depression

Corporal punishment increases the risk of developing anxiety and depression in adolescents, researchers report. Additionally, corporal punishment alters brain activity and impacts brain development.

Potential New Lead Compounds for the Treatment of Depression and Anxiety Disorders

Study identifies potential new drugs that can help treat depression and anxiety disorders without many of the adverse effects of other medications currently under evaluation.

In Utero Exposure to Flame Retardants Increases Anxiety Symptoms

A new study reveals a link between fetal exposure to flame retardants and an increased risk of anxiety during adolescents. Researchers found the higher the levels of PBDE, a class of chemicals used in flame retardants, in a pregnant woman’s blood sample, the higher a child’ scored for anxiety during their teenage years.

Seeing You Distorts My Memory: People With Attachment Anxiety More Likely to Create False Memories When They Can See the Person Talking

Adults with attachment anxiety are more likely to remember details incorrectly, especially when they can see the person relaying information, than those with other personality types like neuroticism or attachment avoidance.

‘Then, one day, boom, just paralysed’ – Ireland hero Robbie Brady reveals he struggled with anxiety for years

Robbie Brady has revealed the mental health issues which “paralysed” him as he attempted to come to terms with the loss of close family members and the injuries which have plagued his career.

Experts say impact of pandemic still affecting university students’ mental health

Students are struggling with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts

Exposing Brain Tissue to Psilocybin Provides Insights Into Consciousness, Depression and Anxiety

Investigating how psychedelics such as psilocybin act on serotonin receptors, researchers shed new light on how the drugs affect consciousness and assist in treating a range of mental health disorders.

From TikTok to Netflix, meet rising star Ruth Codd: ‘Social media helped me understand it’s okay to be yourself’

On only the second day of shooting her acting debut on Netflix series The Midnight Club, Ruth Codd grappled with a troublesome word in the script. Every take, she fluffed the line, and with every stumble, her anxiety increased.

Puppies on Prozac: How to Handle Your Pet’s Anxiety

Veterinarians say they have seen an increasing number of pets experiencing mental distress. Here’s how to spot the signs.

Exploring the Consequences of Early Life Adversity on the Brain

Childhood adversity can have a life-long impact on mental health and behavior. Adults who experienced childhood adversity are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety.

Private renters twice as likely as homeowners to have anxiety, UK study suggests

Anxiety Nation report finds clear links between financial insecurity and poor mental healthPrivate renters are twice as likely as homeowners to suffer symptoms of anxiety, according to research that finds clear evidence of the links between financial insecurity and poor mental health.In a report called Anxiety Nation, researchers from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) thinktank ...

Evening People Show Enhanced Fear Acquisition, Which May Increase the Risk to Develop Anxiety

The vulnerability of those with evening chronotypes to anxiety, PTSD, and related disorders may be mediated by altered fear acquisition.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Is as Effective as an Antidepressant Drug for Treating Anxiety Disorders

Study reveals mindfulness-based stress reduction methods proved to be as effective as antidepressants for relieving symptoms for those with anxiety disorders.

Meditation as effective as medication for anxiety, study finds

Mindfulness meditation was shown to be as effective as an antidepressant for anxiety, according to a study in JAMA Psychiatry.

‘Plunge your face into ice water’: New York Times mocked over election anxiety tips

The Twittersphere was quick to see the Times’ tweet as a sign of liberal fear and reacted with gleeUS midterm election results 2022: liveUS midterm elections 2022 – latest live news updatesAs the US midterm elections heated up on Tuesday, online wits were quick to douse a New York Times tweet which offered “five ways ...

How to cope with political panic

Midterm elections 2022 come amid political panic and anxiety. How to cope.

Trauma During Childhood Triples the Risk of Suffering a Serious Mental Disorder in Adulthood

Childhood trauma significantly increases the risk of being diagnosed with a mental health disorder later in life. For children who experienced emotional abuse, the most prevalent disorder reported was anxiety. Trauma also increased the risks for psychosis, OCD, and bipolar disorder. Significantly, those who experience trauma during childhood were 15 times more likely to be ...

NHS to prescribe cognitive behavioural therapy apps to children with anxiety

Draft guidance from Nice conditionally recommends digital CBT with support from a mental health professionalChildren as young as five who suffer from anxiety are to be prescribed cognitive behavioural therapy apps on the NHS via mobile phones, tablets and computers.The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), the health regulator, has conditionally recommended digital ...

Reduced-Nicotine Cigarettes Result in Less Smoking in Anxious and Depressed Smokers

Lowering nicotine levels to non-addictive levels reduces smoking without worsening symptoms of depression and anxiety for those suffering from mental health disorders.

Daytime Sleep Enhance Fear Memories of Emotional Trauma and Anxiety

Taking a short nap during the day can enhance memories of disturbing and fearful events, a new study reports.

Clinical and cognitive improvement following full-spectrum, high-cannabidiol treatment for anxiety: open-label data from a two-stage, phase 2 clinical trial

Results provide preliminary evidence supporting efficacy and tolerability of a full-spectrum, high-CBD product for anxiety. Patients quickly achieve and maintain symptom reduction with few side effects. A definitive assessment of the impact of this novel treatment on clinical symptoms and cognition will be ascertained in the ongoing double-blind, placebo-controlled stage.

Anxiety in rural Ireland as winter sees the country’s most prolific criminals target farms, homes and businesses

When the clocks went back last weekend it marked the official start of winter, as autumn’s russet colours fade under a blanket of cold grey skies and long dark nights.

Could a prescription of surfing help with depression?

A new trial is exploring if prescriptions of surfing, gardening and dance classes can reduce anxiety and depression in people aged 11 to 18. NHS mental health trusts in 10 parts of England will use a range of sports, arts and outdoor activities with 600 young people to see if it can stop conditions worsening ...

Autistic Women Have Increased Risk of Mental Illness

Women on the autism spectrum are more likely to be diagnosed with a co-morbid mental health disorder, such as depression, anxiety, or increased risk of self-harm than males with autism.

Autistic people more likely to have depression and anxiety while pregnant, study finds

Pregnancy and prenatal appointments can result in sensory issues

Young people to be prescribed surfing and dancing by NHS to help anxiety

Study to assess if ‘social prescribing’ such as surfing or rollerskating can stop conditions worsening while on waiting listsYoung people will take part in surfing, rollerskating and gardening to see whether sport, the arts and outdoor activities can make them less anxious and depressed.NHS mental health trusts will use the activities to help 600 young ...

Green Eyeglasses Reduce Pain-Related Anxiety in Fibromyalgia Patients

Using eyeglasses that filter a specific wavelength on the green light spectrum reduces pain-related anxiety and could decrease the need for opioids for those with fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions.

How to use the 333 rule for anxiety

Feeling anxious? This simple trick can help alleviate some of those worries

SSRIs and CBT Lead to Changes in Brain

Effective neurochemical changes in the brain of those with social anxiety take different forms after SSRI treatment and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Being Stressed Out Before You Get COVID Increases Your Chances of Long COVID

Those with pre-existing anxiety, depression, chronic stress, and distress caused by loneliness are at 50% increased risk of developing Long-COVID following coronavirus infection.

Dubliner encouraging others to open up about their mental health struggles

A Dubliner who has battled anxiety, depression and body dysmorphia is encouraging others not to be afraid to seek help.

Why is hoarding on the rise? We ask an expert

With anxiety, loneliness and the cost of living crisis driving an urge to accumulate, when does clutter become a cause for concern?Hoarding behaviours are on the rise, with some councils even setting up specialist teams to deal with the issue. But why? And what should you do if you’re worried? I asked Jo Cooke, director ...

Is it OCD or Social Anxiety? Or is it Both?

Is it OCD or Social Anxiety? Or is it Both? lisebram October 20, 2022

Ditch doomscrolling to improve your mental health

New research suggests that taking a break from the news is linked to lower depression and anxiety. Healthy eating also helps.

How the psychiatric ward rescued me from severe postpartum anxiety

Days after my baby was born, I was overwhelmed by raw terror. Soon, my son and I were living in a specialist unit. This is what I learned“If you tried to leave now, we would section you.” It was my second day in the mother and baby unit, a psychiatric ward that treats women with ...

Listen! Birdsong Is Good for Mental Health

Listening to birdsong reduces anxiety and paranoia, a new study reports.

Health Panel Recommends Screening All Kids 8 and Up for Anxiety

To address the mental health crisis facing American youth, experts also said adolescents should be screened for depression.

Anxiety is ubiquitous in today’s world. Are we recognising it more — or do we just like having a disorder?

A health panel in the US, the US Preventive Services Task Force, recently recommended that all adults under the age of 65 be screened for anxiety . It’s being described as a ‘global plague’ by medics, and the stats are pretty stark.

COVID-19 pandemic cancellations took harsh toll on teen athletes, whose mental and physical health improved significantly after sports resumed, study finds

High rates of depression and anxiety reported by adolescent athletes whose sports were cancelled during the COVID-19 pandemic improved significantly a year later when they were able to resume playing sports, according to new research.

Hangover Anxiety: How a Night of Drinking Can Tank Your Mood

Consuming alcohol can mess with your emotions the next day by causing stress hormones to spike and sleep to be disrupted overnight.

Task Force Guidance for Anxiety Screening Should Open a Series of Mental Health Support Doors

Task Force Guidance for Anxiety Screening Should Open a Series of Mental Health Support Doors lisebram October 6, 2022

Children with food allergy-related anxiety can benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy

A new study shows that targeted cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can significantly lessen food allergy-related anxiety (FAA) for both children and parents.

The cost of living is the chief cause of worker stress and anxiety says survey

THE spiralling cost of living is the greatest cause of stress and anxiety for almost three quarters of workers, according to a new “wellbeing index”.

Kendall Jenner says brain scan showed that she ‘100 per cent has anxiety’

Model has been outspoken about her struggles with anxiety

Not pursuing your goals during the pandemic is good for your mental health, study finds

People who shelved their long-term goals during the pandemic were better able to avoid anxiety and depression, according to a new study.

Tiny Love Stories: ‘I Blamed My Anxiety’

Modern Love in miniature, featuring reader-submitted stories of no more than 100 words.

Anxiety During Pregnancy Can Lead To Earlier Births

Women who experience anxiety while pregnant are more likely to give birth earlier than women who don’t.

Symptoms of depression and anxiety increased marginally from before to during the COVID-19 pandemic among young adults in Canada

Symptoms of depression and anxiety increased marginally from before to during the COVID-19 pandemic among young adults in Canada

Should I Tell My Date I Have Social Anxiety?

How Do You Date If You Have Social Anxiety? You’re on a first date. It’s going well. The conversation is flowing, you’re both laughing. Then, the inevitable happens: the awkward silence. Your mind starts racing. What do I say? What if I say something wrong? What if they think I’m boring? Suddenly, you feel your ...

How fear memories get stuck in some brains

Researchers have discovered a biological mechanism that increases the strength with which fear memories are stored in the brain. The study, done in rats, provides new knowledge on the mechanisms behind anxiety-related disorders, and identifies shared mechanisms behind anxiety and alcohol dependence.

Stress-busting drug that reduces anxiety discovered by Cork scientists

A stress-busting drug that reduces social withdrawal, anxiety and depression in people resistant to existing therapies has been discovered by Cork scientists.

Most US adults under 65 should be screened for anxiety, expert panel recommends

US Task Force released its draft recommendation on Tuesday

Year 2020 was ‘so traumatic’ for young people that it stunted their social development, says study

Increased ‘fear and anxiety’ hindered young people’s development

Adults Show Poorer Cognition, Better Well-Being with Age

Significantly worse symptoms of depression, anxiety, and loneliness were seen in younger people, while older people showed greater mental well-being. However, when it came to cognition, task performance was worse in older adults.

Museums on prescription: Brussels tests cultural visits to treat anxiety

Psychiatrists in the city can now prescribe free visits to cultural venues to complement other treatmentsA tour of ancient sewers? An encounter with a masterpiece of 16th-century lace-making? These are two of the therapies on offer to people in Brussels suffering from depression, stress or anxiety.From this month, psychiatrists in one of the city’s largest ...

Free talk at Gorey Library offered insight into mental health

A FREE talk in Gorey library offered people time and space to learn about anxiety and practical tools that can help them to manage it.

Problems Persist for Kids Exposed to Cannabis in the Womb

Prenatal exposure to cannabis was associated with an increased risk of neuropsychological disorders, including anxiety and depression, in children. The risk grows as they enter adolescence and adulthood.

Daytime Eating May Benefit Mental Health – Anxiety and Depression

The time of day at which you eat your meals may have a significant impact on symptoms of anxiety and depression, a new study reports.

‘The British are worried’: Queen’s death comes amid deep economic anxiety

Britons’ shock and sorrow over the death of Queen Elizabeth II’s comes at an especially difficult time as the country – and the world – faces a cost-of-living crisis. But among the mourners around Buckingham Palace on Sunday there was a sense that the queen will remain a source of inspiration for the British people during ...

Sheila Tobias, Who Defined ‘Math Anxiety,’ Dies at 86

Feeling jittery about math — and altogether avoiding it — “is a serious handicap” that often affected women, she wrote in Ms. magazine in 1976, followed by a book on the subject.

Jumping Gene Found to Be Strongly Linked to Depression, Fear, and Anxiety

The TOB gene plays a significant role in reducing depression, anxiety, and fear in mouse models. The findings could have positive implications for developing new treatments for disorders associated with psychiatric stress.

How We Misunderstand Anxiety and Miss Out on Its Benefits

Feeling anxious actually releases dopamine, motivating us to take action to pursue rewards and make changes to bring forth the futures we desire.

‘Jumping gene’ found to be strongly linked to depression, fear, and anxiety

In a multidisciplinary study that combines molecular biology with neuroscience, researchers have found that Tob gene plays an important role in reducing depression, fear, and anxiety.

How to use the 333 rule for anxiety

Feeling anxious? This simple trick can help alleviate some of those worries

Psychological distress before COVID-19 infection increases risk of long COVID

Depression, anxiety, worry, perceived stress, and loneliness measured early in the pandemic, before infection with COVID-19, were associated with up to 45% increased risk of developing long COVID. Distress was more strongly associated with developing long COVID than physical health risk factors such as obesity, asthma, and hypertension. The increased risk associated with distress was ...

Children too anxious to attend school being failed by English councils – report

Ombudsman says children are going months and even years without proper alternative educationCouncils are failing to put adequate alternative education in place for the growing numbers of children in England who are unable to attend school because of social anxiety, according to a report by the local government ombudsman.Many have complex special educational needs and ...

The people making a difference: the man who set up a mental health walking group for ‘blokes’

After bottling up his own anxieties for a decade, Scott Oughton-Johnson created a group for other men who’ve felt the same. Now it’s his turn to be treatedScott Oughton-Johnson simply did not talk about his feelings. Not when he separated from the mother of his children a decade ago, and not during their subsequent custody ...

Therapy v medication? How to choose the best treatment for anxiety

Medication is often prescribed as a quick-fix but therapy can be more helpful in the long-run, if accessible. Here’s how to work out what is best for youSince the beginning of the pandemic, there has been a soaring demand for mental health services, with an estimated 1.6 million people in England waiting for specialised support, ...

How to use the 333 rule for anxiety

Feeling anxious? This simple trick can help alleviate some of those worries

Distress leads to higher COVID vaccine rates, less adherence to distancing guidelines, study finds

People who were more distressed — showing signs of anxiety or depression — during the COVID-19 pandemic were less likely to follow some best practice recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a new study. However, those same people were more likely than their non-distressed peers to get vaccinated. The authors ...

Psychedelics may lessen fear of death and dying, similar to feelings reported by those who’ve had near death experiences

In a survey study of more than 3,000 adults, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers compared psychedelic experiences with near-death experiences that were not drug related and found notable similarities in people’s attitudes toward death. Survey participants in both groups reported having less fear of death and dying after the experience. They also reported that the experience ...

Tory MP William Wragg takes break due to depression and anxiety

MP for Hazel Grove reveals his struggles and says he looks forward to returning in better mental healthWilliam Wragg has said he is taking a short break from his duties as an MP as he is suffering from a period of severe depression and anxiety.The Conservative MP for Hazel Grove, who is chair of the ...

How to Cope with Anxiety? Here are 13 Ways to Cope

If you deal with anxiety, there are strategies you can use to avoid feeling consumed by it. Here are some quick solutions to help you address the situation immediately, as well as long-term methods to combat a recurring issue.

How To Cope With The Anxiety Of Pregnancy After A Loss

Contradictory emotions are a part of pregnancy after loss.

Does your child have anxiety?

Experts explain when to worry and how to talk about it with your kids.

Depression and anxiety led to weight gain among people living with obesity during pandemic

People living with obesity who experienced high levels of depression, anxiety and stress reported gaining the most weight during the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new study.

Easing anxiety: How you can help reduce stress and better handle difficult situations

You can’t really call it an epidemic, but anxiety is running at such high levels that therapists are booked solid currently — but not all stress is caused by big things. Often it’s the momentary stress that can up to a big effect. KDKA’s John Shumway is looking into what causes micro-transition anxiety — a ...

5 Ways You Can Help Someone With an Anxiety Disorder

Experts say simply offering to listen to your loved one’s worries and providing them moral support can go a long way.

Who Is In Control, You Or Your Anxiety?

Winning over Anxiety – the Power of the Vagus Nerve

When you find yourself in a bout of anxiety, your body is experiencing a heightened version of the fight or flight reaction. In the body, this reaction is maintained by the sympathetic nervous system, which is largely the counterpart of the parasympathetic nervous system. They both make up the autonomous nervous system. Greater activation of the ...

Anxiety – Immediate Help through Grounding

There are techniques that can help you right away when you experience anxiety. They are not a replacement for professional treatment and therapy but can often be helpful when one experiences anxiety. One such strategy is grounding, meaning reconnecting with the physical world around you in a way that helps you calm down and lessen ...

How I learned to tame my hypochondria

Recent years have seen a dramatic rise in the number of people suffering with health anxiety. Annalisa Barbieri reveals what triggered – and eventually settled – her ‘late-onset hypochondria’Surrounded, as I was growing up, by slightly health-hysterical women (“How are you?” I once asked an aunt over the phone. “I’m on a mobile intravenous drip,” ...

Almost half of young women in Australia report mental health disorder, study finds

Deputy chief medical officer for mental health says level of distress in young people, happening worldwide, predates CovidFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our free news app, morning email briefing and daily news podcastThe first national study of its kind in more than a decade has found almost half of all ...


My colleagues and I have noticed a dramatic increase in anxiety and anxiety-related disorders over the past two pandemic years. While apprehension is a typical response during times of strife, as we return to more normal lives many people have been caught off-guard to realize how uncomfortable they now are in social situations – especially… ...

How to Stop Needing Everyone to Like You

What Does it Mean If You Want Everyone to Like You? Are you wondering how to stop needing everyone to like you? The need to be liked by others is a deep-seated psychological vulnerability. It’s often driven by low self-esteem and a fear of rejection. People pleasers go out of their way to avoid conflict ...

‘Anxiety is part of me’: Mara Wilson and other anxious minds on how they cope

From lavender oil to a cold martini, Bruce Springsteen to sertraline, four writers share the tools they have found to manage their symptomsOf the nine most commonly diagnosed anxiety disorders on the Mind website, I’ve been diagnosed with seven. I realise this is a peculiar boast, but in case you’re wondering – hypochondria, a legitimate ...

12 Tips to Overcome the Fear of Eating in Public (Guaranteed)

How to Overcome the Fear of Eating in Front of People A lot of people feel uncomfortable eating in public. Maybe you’re one of them. It’s natural to feel self-conscious and anxious when eating around other people, but there are ways to overcome the fear. The best way to overcome the fear of eating in ...


Picture this. You enjoyed dinner with a friend who you haven’t seen in ages. You two shared a meal and a laugh after months of not being able to coordinate schedules. Despite having a nice time catching up, negative thoughts begin to creep in on your drive home. Before you know it, you start to… ...


One of the most insidious and painful aspects of social anxiety many of my clients describe is the feeling of being alone, disconnected, and different from others. These feelings, and the perceptions and beliefs associated with them, can both contribute to and be the result of high levels of distress and suffering in social situations…. ...

12 Mindful Tips to Reduce Negative Effects of Modern Air Travel

Heading off on a plane for holidays? Psychiatrist Prof Brendan Kelly offers some practical tips in the Irish Times for your mental wellbeing. How to stay calm and mindful while flying and navigating airports, including listening to some Britney Spears! Full article is available on the Irish Times website here. Travel is exciting but the ...

“Massive Rise in Prescribing” New Prescription Nation Series by RTÉ Investigates

The new Prescription Nation series, looks into prescription drug use in Ireland, by Con Corrigan with RTÉ Investigates. RTÉ Investigates

Post partum Psychosis: You are not broken

Laura Dockrill has written a blog post for Mother of all Lists to share her experience with other mothers facing the same

Exercise and Social Anxiety – does it help?

Hi, Last year we did some investigating in scientific journals about whether or not exercise can help reduce social anxiety. You can read what we found out here. The TL;DR version is that we found that exercise can help alleviate social anxiety by increasing your feel good hormones, increasing self-efficacy and by acting as a distraction. A ...

Social Anxiety

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Anxiety

Psychodynamic psychotherapy offers a deep and nuanced approach to treating anxiety, focusing on the psychological roots of emotional distress. By exploring the unconscious influences and early life experiences that contribute to current behaviours and feelings, this therapy can provide lasting relief and understanding for individuals struggling with anxiety. Here’s a revised look at how psychodynamic ...

Overcoming Dating Anxiety: Strategies and Tips

Dating anxiety is a common challenge that many individuals face. It can manifest as nervousness, self-doubt, and even physical symptoms like sweating or a racing heart. This anxiety often stems from fears of rejection, social pressures, and personal insecurities. However, there are effective strategies to manage and overcome these feelings. Understanding the Root of Anxiety Self-Reflection: Engage ...

Understanding and Overcoming Dating Anxiety

Dating anxiety, a formidable force that can affect anyone stepping into the world of relationships, is a complex emotional state that can cause significant distress. It manifests in various forms, from nervousness and self-doubt to physical symptoms like sweating or a racing heart. This apprehension often stems from the fear of rejection, the pressure to ...

Overcoming the Fear of Others: Understanding and Coping with Social Anxiety

The fear of other people, often termed social anxiety or social phobia, is a common and challenging experience for many individuals. It manifests as an overwhelming fear of judgment, embarrassment, or rejection in social situations, leading to significant distress and avoidance behaviors. Understanding this fear and learning coping strategies can greatly alleviate its impact on ...

Unraveling Anxiety: The Power of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Anxiety—a persistent, overwhelming feeling that can loom over life’s landscape. Fortunately, in the world of mental health treatments, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) stands as a beacon of hope, offering effective tools and strategies to navigate the maze of anxious thoughts and behaviors. Understanding Anxiety and Its Grip Anxiety, a prevalent mental health concern, manifests in various forms—generalized ...

Can You Fake It Til You Make It?

For those who live with social anxiety, the prospect of attending social events or interacting with others can be incredibly daunting. Even the simplest interactions can be a struggle, and many find themselves paralyzed by fear. If this is something you can relate to, you may have heard the suggestion to “fake it til you ...

The Booming Business of American Anxiety

Americans are increasingly anxious, and a flurry of companies and opportunistic entrepreneurs aim to fill the demand for relief.

Effective Group CBT for Social Anxiety in First-Episode Psychosis: Results of Randomized Controlled Trial

Background Social anxiety (SA), a prevalent comorbid condition in psychotic disorders with a negative impact on functioning, requires adequate intervention relatively early. Using a randomized controlled trial, we tested the efficacy of a group cognitive-behavioral therapy intervention for SA (CBT-SA) that we developed for youth who experienced the first episode of psychosis (FEP). For our primary ...

Cutting back on social media reduces anxiety, depression, loneliness

Researchers found college students who tried to cut their social media use to 30 minutes per day scored significantly lower for anxiety, depression, loneliness and fear of missing out at the end of the two-week experiment and when compared to the control group.

Research: Reducing stress and social anxiety in college students

This article examined the impact of online education on the wellbeing and emotional health of college students. It considered the social value of stress and anxiety pathology as “normal” side effects throughout the COVID-19 lockdown. Factors appropriate for educational technology were selected and submitted for evaluation to a sample of 114 college students in a ...

The role of somatosensory stimulation in social phobia—An analysis of hand coordination in patients and therapeutic dyads during psychodynamic psychotherapy

Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, Volume 23, Issue 2, Page 334-348, June 2023.

For three years I denied my body the nutrition it needed. My teeth broke, my hair thinned, my periods stopped. But, in that too-small body I was praised…

I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting since 2020. Most of that reflection is done in the mirror, incidentally. For more than three years I had denied my body the nutrition it needed to function. My teeth broke, my hair thinned, as I did, and then it fell out in loud clumps in the shower. ...

Adolescents’ Multi-Layered Media Processing: A Panel Study on Positive and Negative Perceptions Toward Ideals and Adolescents’ Appearance Anxiety

Communication Research, Ahead of Print. Selective exposure literature indicates that not all users take away the same messages from their media exposure; it is suggested that viewers are not merely exposed but rather reactive to multiple—and possibly opposing—messages. The current study aims to introduce an active media-processing perspective, focusing specifically on the media-body image association ...

The impact of online office on social anxiety among primary and secondary school teachers—Considering online social support and work intensity

The COVID-19 has had a major impact on the global education system. In order to ensure the normal implementation of education courses, governments and education departments around the world have taken corresponding emergency measures. Based on data from 384 validated questionnaires, this study explored the effects of teleworking practices, work intensity, and online social support ...

The Neurobiology of Anxiety

Mood and anxiety disorders are believed to stem from an imbalance among neurons in the brain’s emotional hubs instead of areas responsible for higher thought processes. They are situated in the frontal lobe, which is said to be the most recently evolved part of our brains. Furthermore, evidence shows that the brain mechanisms engaged during ...

Communication and Connectedness against Depression and Anxiety

Haverkampf-CJ-Communication-and-Connectedness-against-Depression-and-Anxiety-J-Psychiatry-Psychotherapy-Communication-2022-Jun-30-62-21-24Download   Communication and Connectedness against Depression and Anxiety Christian Jonathan Haverkampf Abstract—Connectedness with others is an important criterion for mental health. While understanding the underlying content and dynamics is essential, connectedness with others can help reduce anxiety and depression. In addition, external connectedness requires internal connectedness. Index Terms—connectedness, communication, depression, anxiety, treatment, psychotherapy, psychiatry I.     INTRODUCTION Connectedness is a feeling of ...

Can psychotherapy help against anxiety?

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition where patients either have repeated intrusive thoughts, perform compulsive behaviours (rituals), or both. The attempt to suppress these thoughts or behaviours leads to heightened anxiety and tension. While patients notice that the thoughts or behaviours do not make sense, they often find it impossible to stop them. ...

How to Fit In

Are you socially anxious and wondering how to fit in? Maybe you’ve just moved to a new school or neighborhood, or maybe you’ve been feeling like an outsider in your current situation. Whatever the case may be, there are some things you can do to help yourself feel more comfortable and accepted. Ultimately, the best ...

Therapy of Social Anxiety Disorder (5)

Therapy of Social Anxiety Disorder Christian Jonathan Haverkampf, M.D. Social anxiety disorder can significantly reduce an individual’s choices in life and the quality of life overall. Since communication is the process by which humans fulfil their needs, values and aspirations, its effectiveness is important for satisfaction, contentment and happiness in life. It is the main autoregulatory instrument, ...

Therapy of Social Anxiety Disorder (5)

Therapy of Social Anxiety Disorder Christian Jonathan Haverkampf, M.D. Social anxiety disorder can significantly reduce an individual’s choices in life and the quality of life overall. Since communication is the process by which humans fulfil their needs, values and aspirations, its effectiveness is important for satisfaction, contentment and happiness in life. It is the main autoregulatory instruments, ...

Benzodiazepines and Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Benzodiazepines and Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Anxiety and Panic Attacks Christian Jonathan Haverkampf M.D. The benzodiazepines have been used for decades in the treatment of anxiety and panic attacks. They still are the only widely used and effective medication available that can stop anxiety within a very short amount of time. Recommendations for their used have ...

Therapy of Social Anxiety Disorder

Therapy of Social Anxiety Disorder Christian Jonathan Haverkampf, M.D. Social anxiety disorder can significantly reduce an individual’s choices in life and the quality of life overall. Since communication is the process by which humans fulfil their needs, values and aspirations, its effectiveness is important for satisfaction, contentment and happiness in life. It is the main autoregulatory instruments, ...

Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety Dr Christian Jonathan Haverkampf M.D. This article provides a brief overview of social anxiety and its treatment. There are several psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological treatment options. Often, a combination of the two leads to superior results. Special emphasis is given to a communication-oriented approach. Since communication is the mechanism which is impaired, communication is also the ...

Haverkampf CJ Treatment-Resistant Social Anxiety J Psychiatry Psychotherapy Communication 2015 Dec 31 4(4) 117-127

Panic Attacks

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Therapy for Panic Attacks

A combination of psychotherapy and medication has good empirical support for its effectiveness in the therapy of panic attacks. In more severe cases of panic attacks, when it is no longer possible to leave the house, medication may be needed to make psychotherapy possible. Among the various psychotherapeutic approaches, CBT targets maladaptive thought processes and beliefs. ...

Benzodiazepines and Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Benzodiazepines and Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Anxiety and Panic Attacks Christian Jonathan Haverkampf M.D. The benzodiazepines have been used for decades in the treatment of anxiety and panic attacks. They still are the only widely used and effective medication available that can stop anxiety within a very short amount of time. Recommendations for their used have ...

Communication-Focused Therapy® (CFT) for Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Communication-Focused Therapy® (CFT) for Anxiety and Panic Attacks Christian Jonathan Haverkampf, M.D. Communication-Focused Therapy® (CFT) is a psychotherapy developed by the author, which can be applied to a number of mental health conditions, including anxiety disorder and panic attacks. It focuses on creating greater awareness and insight into internal and external communication patterns and making changes to ...

Therapy of Social Anxiety Disorder

Therapy of Social Anxiety Disorder Christian Jonathan Haverkampf, M.D. Social anxiety disorder can significantly reduce an individual’s choices in life and the quality of life overall. Since communication is the process by which humans fulfil their needs, values and aspirations, its effectiveness is important for satisfaction, contentment and happiness in life. It is the main autoregulatory instruments, ...

Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety Dr Christian Jonathan Haverkampf M.D. This article provides a brief overview of social anxiety and its treatment. There are several psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological treatment options. Often, a combination of the two leads to superior results. Special emphasis is given to a communication-oriented approach. Since communication is the mechanism which is impaired, communication is also the ...


Burnout Dr Christian Jonathan Haverkampf, M.D. Burnout is a type of psychological stress. Occupational burnout or job burnout is characterized by exhaustion, lack of enthusiasm and motivation, feelings of ineffectiveness, and often a sense of frustration and higher irritability. Efficacy within the workplace is usually reduced, no matter how much the individual tries to work even harder ...

Haverkampf CJ Treatment-Resistant Panic Attacks J Psychiatry Psychotherapy Communication 2016 Jun 30 5(2) 45-68

Escitalopram in the Treatment of Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Panic Attacks and Medication (3)

Abstract – Panic attacks can interfere greatly with a patient’s social, professional and personal life. The first-line treatment is usually a combination of psychotherapy and medication. Medication broadly addresses two time horizons. In the short-run, benzodiazepines or benzodiazepine-like drugs reduces anxiety within twenty minutes to an hour, which is too long to treat an acute ...

Psychotherapeutic Technique: A Brief Overview

Psychotherapeutic Technique A Brief Overview (3) Ch Jonathan Haverkampf   Psychotherapeutic Technique: A Brief Overview Dr Jonathan Haverkampf, M.D.   Introduction When patients come to see a therapist, they often have a long list of things that do not work for them in their lives. It is easy to overlook that one of the hardest steps towards health has been taken, ...

Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Anxiety and Panic Attacks Christian Jonathan Haverkampf, M.D. Abstract – Anxieties can cause incredible suffering, especially in combination with panic attacks, which are usually a short-lived but more intense form of anxiety. At the foundation is often a subconscious, or sometimes partially conscious, feeling that something in life is ‘out of sync’. Anxiety is often triggered by ...

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