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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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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Anxiety and Panic

4 Stress-Busting Steps for a More Restful Night

Do you tend to ruminate on the negative events of your past or the fears of tomorrow? Many of us do. When we allow this pattern to continue, however, daily stresses and traumas have a way of building themselves up in our psyches, and even in our bodies, causing chronic mental and physical tension. This can make getting to sleep at night a very real challenge.

More than three in 10 adults in the U.S. suffer from brief symptoms of insomnia, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. One in 10 has a chronic insomnia disorder in which the sufferer has trouble sleeping at least three times a week for at least three months. Symptoms of anxiety and depression are often the driving forces of these sleepless nights which can eventually turn into a continual cycle of depression, no sleep, more depression, and so forth.

But why is it so hard to relax at night?

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Anxiety and Panic

Psychology Around the Net: March 7, 2015

Get the latest on the psychological importance of dressing for success, how distractions might affect creativity, anxiety and poor decision-making, and more in this week's Psychology Around the Net.

An Early Bedtime Could Prevent Mental Illness, Study Finds: Canadian and French researchers propose that earlier bedtmies (and healthier meals) could relate to mental health in the "way that our body's natural cycles affect certain chemicals in the brain."

How to Get Your Relationship Back On Track After a Terrible Fight: No relationship is "perfect," and some might even say fighting (or at least arguing or disagreeing) is a healthy part of any relationship; however, what happens when the fight takes a toll on an otherwise happy, healthy relationship? Check these tips for getting the romance back on track.

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Psychology Around the Net: February 28, 2015

Check out this week's Psychology Around the Net to learn more about smokers and their relationships to anxiety and depression, how your state ranks regarding the five aspects of life satisfaction, neurons that predict how we might react in particular situations, and more.

Neurons That Help Predict What Another Individual Will Do Identified: Scientists have located two groups of neurons in primates that: one that activates during cooperation situations and another that predicts how one will react.

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Psychology Around the Net: February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day, Psych Central readers!

For those of you who observe Valentine's Day, we have some interesting information about why single people actually might benefit more than those in relationships.

Oh, and there're are a few more fascinating reads -- from taking a peek at some useful mental health apps to learning how successful people deal with depression.

We hope it provides a great start to your weekend!

It's Better to Be Single On Valentine's Day: Here's one that's sure to drum up some controversy: Philosopher Neil McArthur and author Marina Adshade make several arguments about why it's actually better to be single on this day of celebrating love, going beyond just the economic implications and diving into the "are you or are you not committed to me" realm.

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The Key to Being Productive at Work

There's lots of advice on managing our time, getting organized and creating efficient to-do lists for becoming more productive. I explore these topics regularly on Psych Central.

However, according to psychiatrist and ADHD expert Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., these suggestions only scratch the surface. What we really need to do to be more productive is to retrain our attention. We need to delve into the deeper reasons we get distracted at work.

In his newest book Driven to Distraction At Work: How to Focus and Be More Productive, Dr. Hallowell identifies the six most common distractions: electronic devices, multitasking, idea hopping, worry, trying to fix everyone’s problems and underachieving. He presents these distractions in the first half of the book and shares practical solutions for each type of distraction.

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10 Ways to Brighten Your Winter Workdays

As a long-term transplant to New England, I was faced with a choice: spend the winters hibernating and grumbling or strategize on how to make it all work better. The “it” here is the New England weather -- or these seemingly endless weeks between the holidays and springtime.

Happily, I’ve managed to brainstorm and practice a number of winter wellness tricks. You can, too.

1. Morning pages. Long before Natalie Goldberg coined the term "morning pages," I kept a teenage personal journal. Now, in middle age, I see it as both a wellness and a creativity tool. Therapeutic, medical and wellness experts have long touted the personal, creative and professional benefits of writing down our lives and feelings.
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