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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…
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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…
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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…

The John Lennon Syndrome

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. John Lennon I love this quote from John Lennon and often share it with clients when they're feeling frustrated because things haven't gone the way they planned; they haven't…
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Stress and the Typical Male

Although all men are fully capable of experiencing the full range of human emotions and can face a variety of challenges, certain issues can occur more frequently in men than they do in women. Among the challenges that occur more frequently…
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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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Sigmund Freud: What a Funny Guy!

Sigmund Freud lived and worked in the Austrian capital, Vienna until the Nazi Anschluss of 1938 placed him and his family in great peril. Freud was allowed to leave Austria with his family through the intercession of his patients Princess Marie…
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Stress and the Female Brain Advantage

In 1994, Louann Brizendine, a neuropsychiatrist at the University of California, established the Women’s Mood and Hormone Clinic in San Francisco—one of very few such institutions in the world—and focused her attention on the etiology…
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Abuse in Childhood May Mean Shorter Life

According to an analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the experience of verbal, physical, sexual abuse, or severe family dysfunction, such as an incarcerated, mentally ill, or substance-abusing family member, domestic…
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Freshmen Stress, Debt Worries Grow Higher

Results of the 2009 survey of over 200,000 first-year students at 4-year American colleges, administered by the Cooperative Institute Research Program of the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, show that at least 67% of freshmen are…
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Growing Interest in Pastor Stress and Burnout

The issue of the biopsychosocial consequences of acute and chronic stress on church ministers has attracted nationwide attention over the last few years, and the level of attention appears to be on the increase. Our post Stress and Burnout Endanger…
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How To Deal With 6 Personalities Under Stress

How does each personality style tend to handle a significant stressor? And, if we happen to be the spouse, significant other, sibling or friend of any of these, what is the best way to interact with them while they are under severe stress? To…
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The Ultimate Stressor: Being Mark Madoff

The sudden, sad news of Mark Madoff’s suicide at the age of 46 while embroiled in as many as nine lawsuits against him and his family was not entirely unexpected and also somewhat unsurprising. From a clinical point of view, Mr. Madoff was…
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Making Your Marriage Last and Thrive

What makes a good marriage last? According to the best evidence provided by thousands of studies and experimental research (most prominent that of Dr. John Gottman), marriages where the spouses provide a safe haven for each other and a secure…