Anxiety News

Targeted Brain Stimulation Helps Anxious People Control Their Thoughts

December 24th, 2014
When a certain type of brain stimulation, known as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), targets the brain’s dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (involved in the control of attention), it allows a person to more easily adjust his attention to threat, according to a new ...

Service Dogs Can Reduce PTSD Symptoms in Veterans

December 23rd, 2014
Service dogs can significantly reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression in veterans, according to the preliminary findings of a Kaiser Permanente study. The dogs were also found to improve veterans' relationships and lower their substance abuse. Researcher Carla Green led the ...

Those Prone to Guilt May Be Hardest Workers

December 23rd, 2014
New research shows that employees who are highly prone to feel guilty for disappointing their co-workers are among the most ethical and hard-working partners. However, the study from researchers at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business also suggests that these ...

The Psychology of Gift Giving

December 22nd, 2014
Giving gifts can reveal how people think about others, what they value and enjoy and how they build and maintain relationships. Researchers are exploring several different aspects of gift-giving and receiving, such as how givers choose gifts, how gifts are used by recipients, ...

Worrying Linked to High Verbal IQ

December 22nd, 2014
Chronic worriers tend to have a higher-than-average verbal IQ (intelligence quotient), according to new research published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. However, those who specifically tend to ruminate on past negative social events are also more likely to have a ...

Brain Imaging Shows Overactive Habit System in OCD

December 20th, 2014
A new study has found that misfiring of the brain’s habit control system may be behind the compulsions in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The study, led by Dr. Claire Gillan and Professor Trevor Robbins of the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge, ...

Benzodiazepine Prescriptions Increase with Age

December 19th, 2014
Despite the known risks for older people, prescription use of benzodiazepines -- sedative and anti-anxiety medications such as alprazolam (Xanax) and diazepam (Valium) -- increases with age, according to a new analysis of benzodiazepine prescription use in the United States. The study ...

Why Antidepressants May Worsen Symptoms Before Kicking In

December 18th, 2014
Emerging research helps explain the delayed, even paradoxical effect of certain antidepressants. Clinicians have known that some medications may actually worsen symptoms before helping patients feel better. The new findings, publishing online in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, may eventually help investigators fix ...

Hugs, Social Support Shown to Protect Against Stress & Illness

December 18th, 2014
New research suggests hugs may be the tonic for reducing stress and preventing infections. Carnegie Mellon University researchers tested whether hugs act as a form of social support, protecting stressed people from getting sick. Their findings, as published in the journal Psychological Science, found ...

Work Connections Turn Stress Into Better Performance

December 17th, 2014
Challenging new research suggests that well-connected employees adapt well to pressures caused by changes in the workplace. Industries often have to implement pay cuts, reduce working hours, and provide fewer training and promotion opportunities as methods to cope with economic downturn and industry ...