All posts tagged health

Resolutions for the New Year

One way to reduce anxiety is to look at the big picture. What’s giving you trouble? (Relationships, work, family, old habits, old attitudes…) What power, if any, do you have to change those things? One way that therapy can often help is by questioning long-held beliefs about what can and can’t be changed. You can […]

Yoga Reduces Anxiety

Another study, same finding: yoga decreases anxiety. The study, aimed at establishing an association between yoga postures, enhanced gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) levels and decreased anxiety, looked at 2 different groups of healthy people for a period of 12 weeks.  While participants of the first group practiced yoga three times a week for one hour, those in […]

Food and Mood

The Los Angeles Times looks at the food-mood connection with a series of true/falses.  Here’s one: Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish help depression: True At the NIH, Hibbeln has spent two decades studying the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on depression and other mood disorders. The evidence that eating fish high in omega-3s can help […]

Anxiety and (Quitting) Smoking

Study:  Anxiety makes it harder to quit smoking. Smokers often experience craving, negative feelings and difficulty concentrating in the minutes or hours after finishing a cigarette, and those feelings can be heightened simply because the smokers know they’re about to attempt to quit…In addition, participants with a history of panic attacks or social anxiety disorder […]

Friends for Health

A study says social support helps your overall health. We all know that to improve our medical health we should not smoke, exercise more and have better eating habits…Now, new research suggests psychological and social support can convey health protective values on par with the famous threesome.

Anxiety and Surgery

The Los Angeles Times reports on a study that shows depression and anxiety interfering with healing after surgery. Why would depression and anxiety make a patient more vulnerable? The researchers offered several theories. Among them: Depressed patients don’t take as good a care of themselves, so when they go in for surgery, they may have […]

Meditation v. Anxiety and Depression in MS Patients

USA Today: Meditation reduces depression, fatigue, anxiety in MS patients Those in the meditation program, in fact, improved in almost all the measures of fatigue, depression, anxiety and quality of life, while those who received usual medical care declined slightly on most of the measures. For instance, those who took mindfulness training saw their depressive symptoms […]

Personality and Exercise

Your personality may influence your interest in exercise (PsychCentral): If you have a high metabolism, you are more likely to have personality traits that will draw you to a five-mile run or a game of tennis.  On the flip side, if you have a slow metabolism, the couch may look much more appealing to you…

Anxiety, Insomnia, and Menopause

The WSJ draws a connection between anxiety, insomnia, and menopause. “Many of these women are told, ‘You feel bad because your husband is having an affair, or your youngest is in college, or you didn’t get that promotion. Take this Prozac.’ When what is really going on was fluctuating levels of estrogen…”

Stress and Asthma

Stress begets asthma, sure.  But this research shows a mother’s stress increases her childrens’ asthma. Mothers’ tendencies to reject, dominate, overprotect and indulge their children were assessed by questionnaire, as were their specific kinds of chronic stress and coping styles.  Overinterference stemming from excessive protectiveness was found to be associated with worsening asthma of older […]