Anxiety and Panic

5 Ways to Reduce or Stop Racing Thoughts that Stall Sleep

I can’t forget to bring that paperwork with me tomorrow! I can’t forget to pay that bill! I need to call the bank! I can’t believe she said that to me. What did he mean by that? What am I going to do about that meeting tomorrow? How can I fix my presentation? There’s no way I can make that deadline! How can I fit everything in???

Maybe these thoughts sound familiar. Or maybe your racing thoughts take on a different theme. But one thing is for certain: They stop you from falling asleep.
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Depression

What Mild Depression Really Is and What Can Help

We often think that mild depression isn’t that serious and doesn’t require treatment. It is mild, after all. People also confuse mild depression with “subclinical” depression.* That is, they assume it’s not full-blown, true-blue depression. They might assume it doesn’t meet diagnostic criteria for the illness (the criteria laid out in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which clinicians use to diagnose disorders.)

However, in actuality, a person with mild depression does meet criteria for a major depressive episode. They do have depression. But their symptoms are mild in intensity and impairment, said Melanie A. Greenberg, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist in Marin County, Calif., who specializes in managing mood, stress and relationships.

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ADHD and ADD

3 Surefire Strategies that Don’t Work for ADHD

If you have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), it’s really frustrating when the strategies you’re trying aren’t working. You might assume that the problem is you. What’s wrong with me? How is it that I still can’t get this right?

However, the real issue often lies with the technique or approach – which you might unwittingly think is helpful and yet is anything but. That’s why we asked ADHD experts to share strategies that don’t work for ADHD (and what does). Below, you’ll find three ineffective strategies.
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General

Why Psychologists are Starting to Care About Sleep Apnea

Sleep has always been an integral part of mental health, but now there is more reason than ever to consider an interrelation between the two. Recent studies, such as the one cited in a previous Psych Central article, have confirmed a strong correlation between depression and the prevalent disorder of sleep apnea. There are also connections between sleep apnea and other aspects of mental health, as well as reasons why the psychology field should familiarize itself with the symptoms of this disorder.

Though commonly mistaken for mere snoring, sleep apnea is a serious medical condition characterized by brief pauses in breath during sleep. The cessation of breathing prevents the sleeper from inhaling oxygen and can lead to a multitude of health complications that range from insomnia and high blood pressure to tumor growth and a higher cancer risk. Moreover, sleep apnea is not a rarity. In America alone, over 14 million people suffer from sleep apnea but do not know it.

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Anxiety and Panic

Psychology Around the Net: May 30, 2015


This week's Psychology Around the Net will teach you about the connection between personal scents and happiness, how brain stimulation techniques might treat obsessive-compulsive disorder, the similar effects between oxytocin and alcohol, and more.

Do People Transmit Happiness by Smell? Using scent samples, new research shows you could pick up on others' positive emotions through their sweat.

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Anxiety and Panic

Life Lessons from the Roach Motel

Even from the airport taxi, I could tell that the motel's website had been more Photoshop than reality. From my after-work evening flight, I had just landed in Florida for a professional conference where I was to chair a discussion panel. Always eager to score a bargain, I had selected and booked this budget motel over the official five-star conference location.

A friend helped me find and unlock my room, and before she left -- of course, she had booked the five-star conference hotel -- she said, "I’ll leave my cell phone on all night. Call me immediately if you …"

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Brain and Behavior

Six Ways to Do Less and Get More Done

Chances are you have a to-do list that stretches longer than a roll of toilet paper. But if you want to get more done and feel better while doing it, try these tips:

1. Get a good night’s sleep.

This is a biggie. Sleep is essential to our productivity and health. Still, many of us tend to push beyond the point of exhaustion to get it all done. This not only leads to late bedtimes, but also more mistakes, a loss of focus, burnout, accidents, illness, and other things that thwart our productivity.
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Anxiety and Panic

Psychology Around the Net: April 11, 2015


Learn more about changing mental health-related terms, the psychological factors that might lead to overeating, a new Medicaid and mental health law proposed by the Obama Administration, and more in this week's Psychology Around the Net.

Can We Replace Misleading Terms Like 'Mental Illness,' 'Patient,' and 'Schizophrenia': Find out why one Duke University professor feels these and other related terms can both "provide clarity" and "badly mislead."

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Anxiety and Panic

Psychology Around the Net: April 4, 2015


This week's Psychology Around the Net covers pilots and psychiatric evaluations, the effects of multitasking on your brain, the science-based claim that money can buy happiness (say what?!) and more.

Inside a Pilot's Mind: After Germanwings Plane Crash, Pondering Pilot Psychology: One former pilot's op-ed on "ordinary varieties of human behavior, psychiatric evaluations during pilots' careers, and handling emergencies -- including the risk they might cause an emergency themselves.

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Brain and Behavior

The Secret to Remembering More

I was going to write this post weeks ago when I first read the story about triggering memory.

But I forgot.

I also forgot where I put the notes, and the research. But, I did remember the number for the Chinese takeout and to invoice early as per my client’s request.

What’s that about? Why do some of these must-do details stick in our memories, while others -- which we had contemplated just moments before -- don’t?
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Addiction

Psychology Around the Net: March 14, 2015


Happy Saturday, Psych Central readers!

Despite losing an extra hour this week, we hope you'll make some time for today's Psychology Around the Net, which takes a look at how daylight-saving time can affect your relationships, what teen depression really looks like, how your psychologist feels about dating apps, and more.

Daylight-Saving Time Is Bad for Your Relationships: We already know that poor sleep leads to a wealth of mental and physical health problems, but losing that extra hour during daylight-saving time (or any time) could lead to relationship problems, too.

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