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Jane Collingwood

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  • Tips To Reduce Family Stress
    17 May 2016

    Stress caused by those close to you is hard to escape. As they say, “You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family.” Children, elderly parents, and visiting […]

  • Is It Possible To Be Too Fit?
    17 May 2016

    Super-fit athletes are viewed as the pinnacle of health, but could there be dangers lurking behind an obsession with fitness? There have been many cases of top athletes succumbing to […]

  • The Power of Music To Reduce Stress
    17 May 2016

    The soothing power of music is well-established. It has a unique link to our emotions, so can be an extremely effective stress management tool. Listening to music can have a […]

  • Preparing for Grief
    17 May 2016

    The death of someone close to us is the most severe stressor imaginable. Bereavement brings a high risk of mental and physical health problems for a long time afterward. Grieving […]

  • Five Easy Steps to Better Communication
    17 May 2016

    Being able to express yourself clearly and being able to listen well can help you avoid a great deal of stress in your closest relationship. Unfortunately, we are more likely […]

  • Evolution and Psychology
    17 May 2016

    Could mental illnesses be caused by the mismatch between our present environment and the one for which we are adapted? Evolutionary psychologists argue that to understand the brain properly, we […]

  • Surviving Valentine’s Day and Beyond: Coping with Relationship Stress
    17 May 2016

    With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, our thoughts turn to the often-tricky area of romantic relationships. Along with the hearts and flowers come the inevitable difficulties, even in the best-suited couples. […]

  • Inhaled Anesthetics Bring Alzheimer’s Risk
    17 May 2016

    Experts recently have shed light on the link between general anesthetics and cognitive problems. Anesthetics have been thought to cause cognitive dysfunction for a long time — the link was […]

  • Obesity and Mental Health
    17 May 2016

    The world population is becoming rounder, and each year the situation is worsening. The World Health Organization (WHO) believes that we are in the grip of a global epidemic, and […]

  • Folic Acid Supplements Could Prevent Dementia
    17 May 2016

    Folic acid supplementation could effectively prevent dementia in some people, recent research suggests. The possibility that low folic acid is a modifiable risk factor for dementia has been extensively studied. […]

  • Cerebral Palsy Rate Beginning To Fall
    17 May 2016

    Recent figures suggest that the rate of babies born with cerebral palsy — steady for the last 60 years — may be falling. Cerebral palsy is a nonprogressive disorder of […]

  • Using Exercise To Beat Stress
    17 May 2016

    Get Active Nothing can beat regular exercise as a stress-busting technique. The result of the ‘fight or fight’ reaction is that our bodies go into a state of high arousal […]

  • The Physical Effects of Long-Term Stress
    17 May 2016

    Chronic stress can have a serious impact on our physical as well as psychological health due to sustained high levels of the chemicals released in the ‘fight or flight’ response. […]

  • How Does Mood Affect Immunity?
    17 May 2016

    We are slowly beginning to unravel the complex interactions between mental and physical health. Researchers have found a wealth of evidence that positive emotions can enhance the immune system, while […]

  • How Time Management Can Work For You
    17 May 2016

    We all have 24 hours in the day, but some of us feel we have no time while others seem to get everything done and still have time for fun […]

  • Managing Stress at Work
    17 May 2016

    Stress can turn a potentially enjoyable job into nothing more than a daily struggle. Unfortunately, work is a significant source of stress for most of us. The majority of days […]

  • Stress-free Money Management
    17 May 2016

    Woody Allen said, “Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.” Nevertheless, money brings with it a great deal of stress for nearly everyone. The panic we sometimes […]

  • The Benefits of Being an Introvert
    17 May 2016

    Extroverts have easier lives, it would seem, than those of us who place more value on peace and quiet. Popular culture appears to be in love with noise and speed, […]

  • An Overview of Anxiety and Depression
    17 May 2016

    When stress builds up, there is the potential for it to develop into longer-term problems. Anxiety and depression both are extremely widespread in the modern world, so an awareness of […]

  • Reduce the Stress of a Divorce
    17 May 2016

    No matter how frustrated you may have become with your partner, the decision to divorce never is an easy one. Strong emotions often arise on both sides. But there are […]

  • Making the Most of a New Job
    17 May 2016

    Many people long to change careers, but are put off by fear of the unknown. It is a scary thought — in the new job you will not be able […]

  • Beating Stress Through Nutrition
    17 May 2016

    For most of us, stress and food go hand-in-hand. Food can give us the feelings of power, control and satisfaction that we need in stressful situations. It’s no surprise that […]

  • Top Tips for Setting Goals and Priorities
    17 May 2016

    How do you plan your future? Some people drift more or less aimlessly from day to day and year to year, without focusing on a long-term direction. Other people (the […]

  • Lt. Data, Locutus and the Future of Psychology
    17 May 2016

    Are we prepared for a future alongside robots? Robots are no longer just science fiction; they are real, and this is an area where views regarding fact and fiction are […]

  • Happiness and Government Around the World
    17 May 2016

    Happiness might be determined by geography. Adrian White and colleagues at Leicester University’s School of Psychology analyzed data from the World Health Organization (WHO) and other databases to create a […]

  • Emotions and Weight Affect Testosterone Levels
    17 May 2016

    A recent study suggests men’s testosterone levels are significantly affected by their health and lifestyle choices. Testosterone levels reduce by about one percent a year in men over 40. A […]

  • Learning About Self-Image and How We View Ourselves
    17 May 2016

    Self-image is both a conscious and subconscious way of seeing ourselves. It is the emotional judgment we make about our self-worth. We form our self-image through interaction with others, taking […]

  • Help for Quit Smoking Now!
    17 May 2016

    Cigarette smoking is one of the worst habits for health and one of the most difficult to quit. But remember: you can do it! It begins with a plan, determination […]

  • What’s in a Name?
    17 May 2016

    What’s in a name? How does changing your name upon marriage affect your identity? The majority of women take their husband’s surname and shift from Miss to Mrs. But this […]

  • How brand names trigger our emotions
    17 May 2016

    Hundreds, if not thousands, of brand names have become highly familiar to us as they form part of our everyday life, thanks to widespread marketing and advertising. We may like […]

  • Does Chocolate Addiction Exist?
    17 May 2016

    Chocolate craving is very common, but can we actually be addicted to it? Can these powerful urges to eat truly be classed as an addiction? We generally crave foods due […]

  • Capture that Springtime Optimism!
    17 May 2016

    Spring is the season of new growth, and the signs of change are all around us. Flowers smatter parks and lawns, the days are longer, brighter and warmer, and our […]

  • Helping a Family Member with a Mental Disorder
    17 May 2016

    If one of your family members has been diagnosed with a serious mental illness such as such as bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression), Alzheimer’s or schizophrenia, then you […]

  • Modern Love: Ways Women Can be More Assertive
    17 May 2016

    It’s not long ago that men were expected to do all the chasing and make all the decisions when it comes to dating. But how much has this changed in […]

  • Cannabis is linked to schizophrenia in predisposed individuals
    17 May 2016

    Cannabis has long been thought to increase the risk of developing schizophrenia. However, the evidence is still not fully conclusive. The first study on schizophrenia and cannabis took place in […]

  • Agreeing to Disagree: Overcoming Communication Conundrums in Relationships
    17 May 2016

    Even in the strongest of relationships, there will be times when small irritations can cause mountains to grow out of molehills, so it’s important to keep striving for better communication. […]

  • 10 Sure Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions
    17 May 2016

    Another year is ending and many of us are gathering up our willpower for a brand new set of New Year’s resolutions. But have we learned from past experience? A […]

  • Your Sense of Coherence
    17 May 2016

    Can your ‘sense of coherence’ influence your health? The concept of sense of coherence (SOC) was put forward by Aaron Antonovsky in 1979 to explain why some people become ill […]

  • Writing about Trauma Can Produce Health Benefits
    17 May 2016

    It’s well established that talking about traumatic incidents with a therapist, supportive family or friends can be therapeutic, producing improvements in psychological and physical health. People who open up about […]

  • Researchers Explain How We Learn by Observation
    17 May 2016

    A recent brain imaging study helps explain how we learn to copy actions through observation. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of participants’ brains, while they watched someone else perform a […]

  • Smoking Linked to Dating among Pre-Teens
    17 May 2016

    New research strongly suggests that pre-teens who have a boyfriend or girlfriend are much more likely to take up smoking than those who don’t. Dr. Jenny Fidler and her team […]

  • Study Gives Hope for Anorexics’ Future
    17 May 2016

    Previous research has indicated a high rate of mortality and illness for patients with anorexia nervosa. A recent Swedish study, however, found positive long-term outcomes for adolescent anorexics. Dr. Frank […]

  • Marijuana may help delay Alzheimer’s symptoms
    17 May 2016

    A new study suggests that compounds related to marijuana may help limit memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is the leading cause of dementia among the elderly, and with the […]

  • Paroextine may help treat compulsive hoarding
    17 May 2016

    New research has found that certain antidepressants work well to reduce symptoms of compulsive hoarding. It’s very common to have a collection of some kind — acquiring and retaining nonessential […]

  • Thyroid and Mood
    17 May 2016

    Thyroid hormone levels are linked with well-being among patients on thyroid hormone replacement therapy, a recent study has found. The thyroid gland, in the lower neck, produces hormones which regulate […]

  • Good Reasons To Keep Taking Your Medication
    17 May 2016

    Many research studies have highlighted the phenomenon of the “healthy adherer” — people who take their medications consistently demonstrate more healthy behavior overall. Backing up this idea are studies showing […]

  • Can Acne Drugs Cause Depression?
    17 May 2016

    A widely-used drug for severe acne can lead to depressive behavior in mice, according to researchers from Bath University, U.K. and the University of Texas at Austin. Researchers monitored mice […]

  • Why Is Maintaining Weight Loss Such a Challenge?
    17 May 2016

    Losing weight is a difficult enough task, but keeping it off can be an even greater challenge. Many people will lose weight through a quick fix such as starving themselves […]

  • The Benefits of Stress Management
    17 May 2016

    We are all familiar with stress — it’s a fact of life. With the rapid pace of modern living, it feels increasingly difficult to keep up. Sadly, the negative effects […]

  • Advice for Coping with Chronic Depression
    17 May 2016

    Chronic depression, also known as dysthymia or dysthymic disorder, is a form of low-grade depression which can last for several years. If you, or someone you are close to, are […]