Entries by Dr. Z

I hate myself and it stresses me out!

One of the most important loves of our lives is the love of self, in the right measure, and in the proper perspective. Love of self is an important component in child development that helps produce healthy, fully functioning adults. The acquisition of a healthy love of self in the child can be disrupted or […]

Stress, Women and Sound Sensitivity

Courtesy of Stockholm University’s Stress Research Institute, a new study indicates that stress may make exhausted women over-sensitive to sounds.  The research offers evidence that women suffering from stress-related exhaustion exhibit hypersensitivity to sounds when exposed to stress.  In some cases, a sound level corresponding to a normal conversation can be perceived as painful.  This […]

How To Manage Stress in 90 Words

1. Stress is a necessary, useful part of life. EMBRACE IT. 2. Most stress is resolved in 1 of 3 ways: fight, flight or freeze. DECIDE WHICH IS BEST. 3. Stress triggers are known and predictable. BUDGET FOR IT. 4. Stress affects self-esteem/efficacy. WORK ON ITS CAUSE. 5. Stress affects mind and body. ATTEND TO […]

The Stress-free Marriage – Part 2

Both spouses must be able to “see” the cycle that has taken over communication between them, before they can begin to make any changes. In identifying the cycle, each spouse must accept (even without agreeing with it entirely) that regardless of whether each spouse is guilty or innocent of wrongdoing against each other, the cycle […]

Faith in God Positively Influences Treatment for Individuals with Mental Disorders

Belief in God may significantly improve the outcome of those receiving short-term treatment for psychiatric illness, according to a recent study conducted by McLean Hospital investigators. McLean Hospital of Belmont, MA is the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School. In the study, published in the current issue of Journal of Affective Disorders, David H. […]

The Stress-free Marriage – Part 1

A good marriage is a stress-free, safe haven for both spouses. In its fold, both partners come to feel emotionally secure and emotionally stable.  They become physically, emotionally and cognitively connected to each other.  There is no challenge or difficulty that cannot be confronted and successfully managed together, as a couple. In the safe haven […]

Anxiety: Fear Turned Inward

Let’s say on more days than not you feel pretty good about yourself and how you do in most areas of your life. Then one day, you struggle, perhaps at work, perhaps under pressure from a boss who expects more of you at times than you feel capable of achieving. The stress can be overwhelming. […]

The 4 Sources of Stress

Stress, the reaction that mobilizes our resources against a potential danger (real or perceived), can be produced by an almost infinite variety of single triggers.  This variety is produced by the many different situations that can cause stress, in addition to the individual differences among individuals in their perceptions of these triggers.  It is not uncommon to […]

Stress and Memory: An Update

Stress can interfere with the functioning of memory by either augmenting the impact and persistence of the recollection of an event, or by diminishing both. A recent article by Schwabe et al. (2012) summarizes and updates the most recent findings on the effects of stress on memory. Their research concludes that the timing of the […]

The Seasonal Stress Buster

Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money. –Author Unknown I’m not sure where this year has gone, but all of a sudden Christmas is here. With so much going on at this time of year it’s quite common to feel stressed and rushed off […]

Sleep More, Stress Less, Live Longer

People who are sleeping less than six hours a night are at risk for more cardiovascular events, more likely to develop diabetes, and more likely to die sooner, according to a recent study. People who sleep at least seven hours per night have better immune systems, less stress and lower body weight. Sleep deprivation can […]

Worst Stress Relievers: Pain Medication

Who is to say for sure how much pain I have right now, I had yesterday morning, or will have this afternoon?   Only I can know for sure the pain I am feeling—and I can lie, to myself and to others.  Herein lies the greatest challenge of addiction to pain medication. There is no objective […]

Fear and Attraction: Racial Stress

The coastal populations of Mediterranean countries lived for decades, stretching into centuries, with the fear of pirates, the strange invaders suddenly appearing from the sea.  Inhabitants of regions bordering with sparsely settled or frontier territories lived in fear of the sudden appearance of “barbarians” or “savages,” variously labeled according to time and locale.  With the […]

Sympathetic Muscle Tension and Stress

One of the well-known phenomena that accompany the stress response is the spontaneous and uncontrollable action of the sympathetic nervous system on the musculoskeletal structures of the body. Stress, muscular tension and pain often go hand in hand. The Alarm or Stress Response of the Sympathetic Nervous System When the sympathetic nervous system is suddenly […]

Is Time a Ferrari or a Donkey Cart?

Time can be, and indeed is, for many people a source of stress. The perception of time or the use we make of the time we have can present a challenge to the mind and be causes of emotional distress. At times, and for some people, time flies by Ferrari-fast. For others, it seems to […]