Helpful Tips for Your Anxiety

Anxiety involves feelings of worry, fear, and apprehension. Anxiety is typically experienced on cognitive, emotional, and physical levels. For instance, when feeling anxious a person may have negative or disturbing thoughts. On an emotional level, one may feel scared or out-of-control. It is also common to experience severe anxiety through somatic sensations, such as sweating,…

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Internalizing Behaviors and Depression in Children

Internalizing behaviors are common among depressed children. These behaviors are quiet and often invisible because they are internalized and are generally not disruptive to others, unlike externalizing behaviors. Typical Internalizing Behaviors Examples of internalizing behaviors are: Being withdrawn Feeling sad Feeling lonely Being nervous or irritable Not talking Headaches, stomachaches and other physical symptoms that are not…

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The Brain May Hold Clues for Anxiety and Depression

The hippocampus is an area of the brain commonly linked with memory and dementia. But new U of T Scarborough research finds that it may also yield important clues about a range of mental health illnesses including addiction, anxiety and depression. The research, authored by a team of neuroscientists, found that a specific part of…

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An Overview of Anxiety

Anxiety is a physiological state characterized by cognitive, somatic, emotional, and behavioral components. These components combine to create the feelings that we typically recognize as fear, apprehension, or worry. Anxiety is often accompanied by physical sensations such as heart palpitations, nausea, chest pain, shortness of breath, stomach aches, or a headache. The cognitive component entails…

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4 Ways Depression Affects the Brain

It’s estimated that 16.2 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in 2016. While depression can affect a person psychologically, it also has the potential to affect physical structures in the brain. These physical changes range from inflammation and oxygen restriction, to actual shrinking. In short, depression can impact the central…

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Childhood Stress Can Add to Anxiety, Depression

New research could help explain why stress early in life can create vulnerabilities to mood and anxiety disorders later on. The study, led by researchers at The Ohio State University, was presented Nov. 5 in San Diego at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting, and highlights the important role of mast cells. “These are immune…

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Depression: An Overview

Sadness and grief are normal human emotions. We all have those feelings from time to time but they usually go away within a few days. Major depression, or major depressive disorder, however, is something more. It’s a diagnosable condition that’s classified as a mood disorder and can bring about long-lasting symptoms such as overwhelming sadness, low…

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Sleep Disruptions May Drive Anxiety

Sleep disruptions are associated with many brain disorders, including anxiety, dementias, and traumatic brain injury. While these disruptions are sometimes viewed as a side effect of brain disorders, new findings presented today suggest that aberrant sleep-wake cycles can also drive brain pathology. The studies were presented at Neuroscience 2018, the annual meeting of the Society…

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7 Facts You Should Know About Depression

Depression is a very real and treatable illness. Understanding the facts about depression can save lives. Here are 7 things everyone should know. 1) Depression Doesn’t Always Have a “Good” Reason Sometimes people become depressed for what seems like a good reason—maybe they lost their job or a close friend passed away—but with clinical depression,…

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US Students see Rise in Mental Health Conditions

As more and more people discuss mental health issues in public forums, it seems to be lifting some of the stigma surrounding the topic. New research reveals that the number of students seeking help for mental health problems has risen considerably between 2009 and 2015. Anxiety, depression, and panic attacks are on the rise among…

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