Anxiety News

Self-Compassion Trumps Self-Esteem for Body Image

September 30th, 2014
Researchers have discovered that self-compassion can protect girls and young women from unhealthy weight-control practices and eating disorders. University of Waterloo investigators discovered women who accept and tolerate their imperfections appear to have a more positive body image despite their body mass index ...

Coaching COPD Patients on Coping Helps Boost Quality of Life

September 28th, 2014
Coaching patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) on how to manage stress, practice relaxation, and participate in light exercise can boost a patient's quality of life, improving both mental and physical health, according to a new study. About 15 million Americans have ...

Psychotherapy Beats Medication for Social Anxiety Disorder

September 27th, 2014
While antidepressants are the most commonly used treatment for social anxiety disorder, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is more effective and -- unlike medication -- can have lasting effects long after treatment has stopped, according to a new study. CBT is one of ...

Most Women Content After Prophylactic Mastectomy

September 26th, 2014
A study reviewing the decision to have a healthy breast removed to reduce risk of future cancer has found that most women have no regrets. And the choice to have or not to have reconstructive surgery seems to be an individual preference, including ...

Healthy Foods Tied to Better Mental Health

September 25th, 2014
New findings suggest mental health is correlated to the consumption of fruits and vegetables with a magic number of five portions a day associated with high mental well-being. Researcher from the University of Warwick discovered 33.5 percent of respondents with high mental wellbeing ...

Brief Intervention Can Ward Off High School Blues

September 23rd, 2014
Teaching kids about how people change in adolescence may reduce the incidence of depression that often accompanies the transition to high school, a new study suggests. Researchers believe the findings are important because so few interventions have successfully prevented the onset of depressive ...

Brain Scan Study Aims to One Day Personalize PTSD Treatment

September 21st, 2014
Researchers have linked a certain opioid receptor (associated with emotions) to specific trauma symptoms, including sadness, emotional detachment and listlessness. The brain imaging study, conducted by researchers at New York University Langone Medical Center, could one day aid in the development of targeted, ...

Sibling Bullying Tied to Future Depression

September 20th, 2014
Children who are bullied by siblings several times a week in early adolescence are twice as likely to become clinically depressed as young adults, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. The bullied kids are also twice as likely ...

Older Girls in Middle School Can Contribute to Body Image Issues

September 19th, 2014
New research finds middle schools that include fifth through eighth grades may set the stage for dissatisfied body image among younger girls. Researchers found that although the media is highly criticized for contributing to body image issues in adolescents, the source for body ...

New App Monitors Students’ Mental Health

September 19th, 2014
Researchers have developed a smartphone application that passively monitors a student’s mental health and compares their mental status to academic performance and recent behavior. Dartmouth researchers say the StudentLife app, compares students' happiness, stress, depression, and loneliness to their academic performance. They say the ...