Helicopter Parents, Hothouse Kids, Anxiety and Failure

We all know at least one set of helicopter parents. This species is closely related to the lawn-mower parent. The key difference may be in the level of obnoxiousness and omnipresent “fixing.” While both species are annoying, neither is really helping their kids. Up until now, pretty much anyone with a working brain knew that… Continue reading Helicopter Parents, Hothouse Kids, Anxiety and Failure

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High Level E-Sport Gamers Stress Like Pro Athletes

Top-level e-sports gamers are athletes, too! Or at least, they apparently feel the same levels of stress and pressure as pro athletes when competing in top-flight tournaments. Performance anxiety, communication tangles and even “brain farts” are common among these competitors under the stress of tournament play. University of Chichester researchers looked into the psychological challenges… Continue reading High Level E-Sport Gamers Stress Like Pro Athletes

Infection Risk Doubled In PTSD Sufferers

PTSD is most commonly associated with military personnel returning from the battlefield or combat situations. However, with symptoms of PTSD being recognized in adults and teens with chronic stress, it is important to understand all the ramifications to the mind and body of the sufferer. To that end, a new study was undertaken by the… Continue reading Infection Risk Doubled In PTSD Sufferers

Stress During Pregnancy Can Affect Baby’s Brain

Is it possible that maternal stress both during and before pregnancy can have a negative effect on the brain development in the baby? Yes, says new research from King’s College London. In a study published in Biological Psychiatry, a research team headed by Alexandra Lautarescu, MRC Doctoral Researcher and Head of Advanced Neuroimaging Professor Serena… Continue reading Stress During Pregnancy Can Affect Baby’s Brain

Veterans Mental Health Issues Put Them At Higher Stroke, Heart Disease Risk

Many veterans face enormous stress while deployed. Even those not in the heat of battle are faced with significant performance challenges. Those challenges can negatively impact their mental and emotional health. Many veterans feel the effects of this long after their tours of duty end. Now new research from the Uniformed Services University School of… Continue reading Veterans Mental Health Issues Put Them At Higher Stroke, Heart Disease Risk

Science Gives Us An Insight Into How Stress Weakens The Body’s System

New research out of the University of Massachusetts Medical School sheds light on how our stress responses, especially the “fight-or-flight” response, may be harming our health over the long term. Specifically, Dr. Mark Alkema, professor of neurobiology, and his crew have been investigating the way in which the dynamic regulation of a stress neurohormone modulates… Continue reading Science Gives Us An Insight Into How Stress Weakens The Body’s System

Worrying Won’t Add to Your Life

Worry. Fear. Anxiety. We all experience these emotions. We all know how they feel. But do you really understand how much of your life they steal? No amount of worry or stress ever changed anything. They steal the energy with which you might otherwise be building a great life for yourself and those you love!… Continue reading Worrying Won’t Add to Your Life

Stress and Anxiety Aren’t Always Bad For You

Stress. Anxiety. Ugh! We’ve been conditioned as human beings to believe that stress and anxiety are bad things, dangerous to mental, emotional and even physical health. But what if stress and anxiety had a brighter, more positive side? What if, at some level, both of these demons of modern life were actually good for us?… Continue reading Stress and Anxiety Aren’t Always Bad For You

Alcohol, Caffeine, Nicotine and Your Lousy Sleep

It’s estimated that between 50 and 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. That’s a problem in more ways than just nodding off at work or in school. Sleep deficits and deprivation are connected to a myriad of health problems, both minor serious. The serious problems include high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and even… Continue reading Alcohol, Caffeine, Nicotine and Your Lousy Sleep

Can Eating Dark Chocolate Help Prevent Depression?

Eating dark chocolate may positively affect mood and relieve depressive symptoms, finds a new UCL-led study looking at whether different types of chocolate are associated with mood disorders. The study, published in Depression and Anxiety, is the first to examine the association with depression according to the type of chocolate consumed. Researchers from University College… Continue reading Can Eating Dark Chocolate Help Prevent Depression?