The Overwhelming Stress of Paranoia

My spouse and I have been married for several years and we have beautiful children. Beginning some time ago, and following some life events and difficult circumstances that have occurred to us and between us, my spouse has begun suspecting me…
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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…

When Stress Hits You On the Nose

Stress-induced upper respiratory symptoms are not unusual. Stress has a powerful effect on the immune system, as the circulation of high levels of the excitatory hormones that accompany stress undermines its defense mechanisms, often producing…

When Stress Becomes Trauma

There have been considerable advances in the last few years of our understanding of stress, its origin, its antecedents and the course of its manifestations. Significant progress has also been made in understanding what can help reduce its effects…
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"Rich" Nutrition Linked to Poor Mental Health

Psychological stress is known to increase the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines. The deriving inflammation is accompanied by an accumulation of highly reactive oxygen species, also known as oxidative stress, which is a contributing factor…
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Lower DHA Intake Linked to Higher Suicidality

Low levels of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the major omega-3 fatty acid concentrated in the brain, may increase suicide risk. A retrospective case-control study published in the most recent issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry of 1600…

Cellphone Use & Cancer: Risks and Opinions

On May 31, 2011 the World Health Organization (WHO) announced their classification of radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic fields emitted from cell phones, used globally by more than 4.6 billion people, as "possibly carcinogenic to humans.” …
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Sugary Drinks Linked to Higher Blood Pressure

Soft drinks, sweetened fruit juices, and sugar-loaded sports drinks raise blood pressure, according to a new study published in Hypertension. The study analyzed 2696 healthy individuals between the ages of 40 to 59 years old in the US and UK…
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Female Soldiers At Greater Risk for PTSD

Results of a 3-year longitudinal study of 2665 female National Guard soldiers began in 2008 of their mental health status before and after their deployment to Iraq provides new evidence that women have more than twice the risk of developing…
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Stress in Pregnancy a Health Risk for the Child

An anxious expectant father can make a pregnant woman more anxious, and their combined higher level of stress can have a negative influence on the health of their newborn child. While it is a well-known fact that significant mental distress…
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Stress of Cell Phone Use Disturbs Sleep, Mood

Evidence of a direct link between cell phone use and mental health problems just keeps on coming. A major prospective study over a period of one year of young adults who used their cell phones frequently reveals significant disturbances to sleep…
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A New Stressor: FOMO

The power of communication has been unleashed on the Internet as never before. It is now possible to know almost instantly what is happening around the world, to broadcast one’s ever-changing “status” to real or virtual friends and acquaintances,…

Occasional Sex, Greater Risk of Heart Attack

The sudden stress load placed on the cardiovascular system by sexual activity is more likely to cause a heart attack on people who have sex only occasionally, as compared to those who have sex frequently or routinely exercise. The results of…

A New Stressor: Cell Phone Waves Affect Brain

Less than one hour on the cellphone has been shown to significantly increase brain activity, especially in the area closest to the phone’s antenna. Is this good or bad? In a study just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association,…
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Can Food Be Stressful? The Evidence

Scientific investigators in the 1970s began to ask if a correlation existed between food and behavior. They have discovered quite a few coincidences. New and increasingly more sophisticated studies have revealed the effective existence of a…