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How to deal with “news anxiety”, according to experts

Do negative news stories and events tend to cause you anxiety long after you’ve finished reading? You could be dealing with a phenomenon psychologists call a “sticky mind”.  From the IPCC’s damning report about the impact of climate change to the earthquake in Haiti and the crisis currently unfolding in Afghanistan, the events of the […]

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Online CBT-Based Workshop Reduces Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

(Reuters Health) – A one-day, online cognitive behavioral therapy-based workshop along with usual care can improve postpartum depression and anxiety, a new study suggests. In a trial including 403 Canadian women with postpartum depression who were randomly assigned to receive either usual care plus the live online workshop or usual care plus waitlist, those who […]

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Immersion in virtual reality can be used to alleviate the discomfort of medical procedures

Pain relief typically involves anesthetic but VR also provides a new technology to limit some of the pain experienced in medical procedures such as bladder cancer by immersing patients into pleasant environments. Virtual Reality. Image Credit: Monika Wisniewska/ Virtual waterfalls and environmental immersion as pain relief during cystoscopies Medical treatments can include painful diagnostic treatments […]

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Emotional support animals can provide quantifiable benefits to people with serious mental illness

A team led by a social work researcher at The University of Toledo has published the first empirical evidence that emotional support animals can provide quantifiable benefits to individuals with serious mental illness who are experiencing depression, anxiety and loneliness. The research brings credence to the many anecdotal reports of emotional support animals having positive […]

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Whitney Port Needs 'Me-Time' to Keep Anxiety & Depression at Bay

Practicing self-care is not easy for busy moms who have been taught to consider the act selfish. This is why Whitney Port’s recent Instagram post during Mental Health Awareness Month is important to help fellow moms view self-care as absolutely necessary, not indulgent. Related story John Legend Warns New Dads About Those Early Postpartum Days […]

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Did COVID-19 Stress, Uncertainty Stall Anti-smoking Push?

WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after COVID-19 upended life for millions of Americans, there are troubling signs that the coronavirus may have also slowed progress against another deadly health threat: smoking. Fewer smokers called quit-smoking hotlines last year and some smoked more, contributing to an unusual bump in cigarette sales — all in the middle […]