Using Sleep to Combat PTSD

Originally found on https://www.everydayhealth.com/news/sleep-may-hold-key-ptsd/ Human volunteers who learned that a certain visual signal leads to an electric shock were more likely to respond fearfully to the signal days later when they were sleep-deprived, compared with controls allowed to sleep normally, a researcher said here. The finding suggests that “treating sleep [problems] might enhance treatment of PTSD” or…

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Defining Sleep Deprivation

Originally found on https://www.news-medical.net/health/Sleep-Deprivation-Inadequate-Quantity-of-Sleep.aspx Sleep deprivation is a term that refers to an inadequate quantity of sleep, characterized by signs of sleepiness during the day, reduced alertness and decreased performance at work or study. It often occurs as a result of a sleeping disorder that restricts the quantity, quality or timing of sleep. It can…

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Dealing with Stress When You’re at Work

Originally found on http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/work-stress.aspx Everyone who has ever held a job has, at some point, felt the pressure of work-related stress. Any job can have stressful elements, even if you love what you do. In the short-term, you may experience pressure to meet a deadline or to fulfill a challenging obligation. But when work stress becomes…

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The Effects of Stress on the Body

Originally found on https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/stress-body.aspx Musculoskeletal System When the body is stressed, muscles tense up. Muscle tension is almost a reflex reaction to stress — the body’s way of guarding against injury and pain. With sudden onset stress, the muscles tense up all at once and then release their tension when the stress passes. Chronic stress causes the muscles…

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Understanding Hypersomnolence (Hypersomnia)

Originally found on https://psychcentral.com/disorders/hypersomnia-symptoms/ Hypersomnolence is characterized by recurrent episodes of excessive daytime sleepiness or prolonged nighttime sleep. It has previously been referred to as “hypersomnia,” but this name does not capture both components of its definition. Rather than feeling tired due to lack of or interrupted sleep at night, persons with hypersomnolence are compelled to nap repeatedly during…

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What Are Anxiety Disorders?

Originally found on https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/anxiety-disorders/what-are-anxiety-disorders What Are Anxiety Disorders? Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can be beneficial in some situations. It can alert us to dangers and help us prepare and pay attention. Anxiety disorders differ from normal feelings of nervousness or anxiousness and involve excessive fear or anxiety. Anxiety disorders are the most…

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Understanding Chronic Stress

Originally found on https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/understanding-chronic-stress.aspx Stress is often described as a feeling of being overwhelmed, worried or run-down. Stress can affect people of all ages, genders, and circumstances and can lead to both physical and psychological health issues. By definition, stress is any uncomfortable “emotional experience accompanied by predictable biochemical, physiological and behavioral changes.” Some stress can be…

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Information for Anxiety and Depression

Originally found on https://www.webmd.com/depression/features/anxiety-depression-mix#1 You’ve noticed some changes lately. Maybe you feel sad, hopeless, or don’t get any joy out of activities that used to be fun. Sounds like depression, right? Maybe that’s not all. Sometimes you’re worried, afraid, and just plain uneasy. Isn’t that a sign of anxiety? Not so fast. It’s normal to have…

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Depression: A Systemic Disease That Affects The Body

Originally found on http://www.medicaldaily.com/science-depression-biology-behind-darker-mind-299078 For those living with it, depression can be all-consuming. It casts a haze overwork, relationships, and everyday social interactions, affecting every aspect of a person’s life. People often think depression solely affects the mind because it’s classified as a mental disorder. A new study has shown, however, that depression is more like a systemic disease that affects the…

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3 Strategies To Help Seasonal Affective Disorder

Originally found on https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2016/01/3-best-strategies-help-fight-seasonal-affective-disorder/ For many people, the gray days of winter can mean gray moods. If you feel sad, can’t sleep and feel as if all you want to do is lie on the sofa, eat bad food and watch cable for days on end, you might have seasonal affective disorder. SAD is a form of…

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