11 easy ways to tackle night time anxiety

11 easy ways to tackle night time anxiety

We’ve all been there. After a long, tiring day all you want to do is crawl into bed and fall straight to sleep… Only it seems your mind has other plans. Instead of drifting off into weightless slumber, your brain fires up, your pulse quickens and your head becomes crowded with endless worries you thought had been parked for the day. Sound familiar? “Around 80% of people say their worries whirlwind out of control at night,”says Nicky Lidbetter, chief executive of support group Anxiety UK. “With stress, we tend to worry…

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Is your child feeling bogged down by academic pressure or social anxiety? Yoga at school will help

Is your child feeling bogged down by academic pressure or social anxiety? Yoga at school will help

Yoga and mindfulness activities at school can help improve emotional health of children with anxiety, according to a study. Researchers at Tulane University worked with a public school in New Orleans to add mindfulness and yoga to the school’s existing empathy-based programming for students needing supplementary support. Third graders, who were screened for symptoms of anxiety at the beginning of the school year, were randomly assigned to two groups. A control group of 32 students received care as usual, which included counseling and other activities led by a school social…

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Anxiety, depression in young people could be early symptoms of bipolar disorder

Anxiety, depression in young people could be early symptoms of bipolar disorder

A study has recently found that early anxiety and disorders of attention or behaviour are two patterns of psychiatric symptoms that may help to identify young people at increased risk of developing bipolar disorder (BD). According to researchers, early signs of BD can fall into a relatively characteristic “homotypic” pattern, consisting mainly of symptoms or other features associated with mood disorders; or a “heterotypic” pattern of other symptoms including anxiety and disruptive behaviour. Environmental risk factors and exposures can also contribute to BD risk. The team analysed data from 39…

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New technology means new opportunities — and anxiety for today’s workers

New technology means new opportunities — and anxiety for today’s workers

In the history of the United States, there has been an unshakable bond between the idea of hard work and prosperity, a relationship author James Truslow Adams eloquently described as “the American Dream,” a term he coined. The American dream is “that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement,” Adams wrote in 1931. However, to many people, the rapid pace of technological change appears to be eroding that linkage. Working hard is…

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Does your child avoid eye contact? Anxiety might be the cause

Does your child avoid eye contact? Anxiety might be the cause

A study recently revealed that children, aged nine to 13, pay close attention to potentially threatening information and avoid eye contact when anxious. According to researchers, the shorter and less frequently they look in the eyes of others, the more likely they are to be afraid of them, even when there may be no reason to be. They also found that the child continues feeling fearful of that person even though he/she may no longer be threatening or scary. Kalina Michalska from the University of California, Riverside said that looking at…

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Horror Movies May Help Identify How The Brain Processes Fear and Anxiety

Horror Movies May Help Identify How The Brain Processes Fear and Anxiety

If there’s one category of movies that has us sitting on the edge is a horror movie. We can’t really say that we love watching them but we sure are always intrigued by the screenplay. It’s almost like a rollercoaster ride of emotions – one moment you are calm, another moment scared, then happy and suddenly you are screaming and stressed. Probably that’s what makes those movies so popular is because of the thrill that comes along with it. It’s never one straight line. There’s just so much going on…

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Brain Scans Can Predict a Baby’s Future Risk of Anxiety and Depression

Brain Scans Can Predict a Baby’s Future Risk of Anxiety and Depression

Not too long ago mental diseases were not really spoken about openly. If anyone was undergoing any treatment, it was all hushed about and done behind closed doors. Now, with more and more people and celebrities voicing their opinions and sharing their experiences on social platforms, those affected are learning to open up rather than ignoring the issue at hand and suffering alone. The kind of lifestyles we lead today, stress is almost inevitable. And stress is what gives rise to many other health issues, as we start ignoring our…

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Anxiety and Depression Can Put You at the Risk of Cancer

Anxiety and Depression Can Put You at the Risk of Cancer

According to WHO statistics, at least 5% of the Indian population lives with a mental illness and nearly half of these mental diseases are not even treated. Depression and anxiety are more than just a phase of feeling sad or low. They are serious mood disorders that can disrupt your day to day functioning and also put you at the risk of several chronic diseases. A new study indicates that higher levels of psychological distress such as anxiety and depression may be associated with an increased risk of death from certain…

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Community Based Therapy May Alleviate Depression and Anxiety

Community Based Therapy May Alleviate Depression and Anxiety

Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health concerns in today’s society. They are often experienced as a complex set of emotional and functional challenges. Anxiety and depression are not the same, but they often occur together. It is not uncommon for people with depression to experience anxiety and people with anxiety to become depressed. A community-based mental health care programme can significantly improve the lives of millions of people suffering from mental illness, researchers have found. The study showed that six months after undergoing the six…

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Chronic Anxiety After Stress Linked to Immune System

Chronic Anxiety After Stress Linked to Immune System

Immune cells in the spleen can contribute to prolonged anxiety following psychological stress, new research has found. The abundance of white blood cells in the spleen could be sending messages to the brain that result in behavioural changes long after experiencing repeated stress, the study conducted in mice showed. “Our findings emphasise the possibility that the immune system represents a novel therapeutic target for the treatment of mental health conditions,” said Daniel McKim from Ohio State University in the US. In this study, the scientists determined that the immune cell…

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