Anxiety News

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 ...

Eating More During Menstrual Cycle Hikes Eating Disorder Risk

December 17th, 2014
A new study links the biological stimulus that causes women to eat more during their menstrual cycle to an increased risk of developing eating disorder symptoms. Michigan State University Foundation Professor Dr. Kelly Klump found monthly hormonal changes and commensurate increased food intake ...

War Metaphors for Cancer Are Not Helpful

December 16th, 2014
The use of war metaphors such as “fight” and “battle” are commonly used to encourage and motivate patients with cancer. A new study, however, suggests that using those words can have an unintended negative effect. David Hauser, a University of Michigan doctoral student, and ...