Stress Management and Relief

DHEA found to increase performance under stress

Aug 6 2009 - 9:29pm
Stress in soldiers

Researchers say DHEA, a hormone secreted in response to stress, can enhance the ability of soldiers to perform better under stress. Scientists at the University School of Medicine and VA National Center for PTSD suggest DHEA may have a role for helping manage stress among military personnel, police and firefighters.

Teen Pregnancy Aids Emotional Distress

Jul 28 2009 - 11:48am

It would make sense that teenage mothers have a lot of psychological stress in their lives, but a new study shows that the distress comes before the pregnancy, not because of it.

“Psychological distress does not appear to be caused by teen childbearing, nor does it cause teen childbearing, except apparently among girls from poor households,” said Stefanie Mollborn, Ph.D., an assistant professor of sociology at the Institute of Behavioral Science of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Susan Boyle Hospitalization Underscores Celebrity Stress

Jun 1 2009 - 6:37pm
Susan Boyle and stress

Becoming a celebrity brings new stresses to one’s life. Susan Boyle has learned this lesson. Her hospitalization just hours after placing second on the “Britain’s Got Talent” TV show underscores this.

Over a very short time, Susan Boyle, 47, has gone from obscurity to instant celebrity. She is now reported to be hospitalized in a private clinic where she was taken under police escort.

Mind-Body Program Lowers Stress in Just 5 Days

May 20 2009 - 8:48am

Researchers from China have documented genuine physiologic benefits from a program of meditation found to lower stress. Undergraduates at the University of Oregon, taking part in research to study the effects of integrative body-mind training (IBMT), were able to lower stress levels and improve attention in just five days. The mind-body program is adapted from traditional Chinese mind-body training.

Health, Job Loss, and Stress Management

May 10 2009 - 9:32pm

Job loss is putting a lot of stress on families and individuals. They need to know stress management works and how they can relive stress in hard emotional times. The New York Times reported recently on a report by Kate Strully, PhD who studied U.S. government health and employment data on 8,125 workers (1999, 2001, 2003). Her research found that workers who lost their jobs were 83% more likely to report new health conditions than people with steady jobs. This was true regardless of age, gender, race, and education.

Teaching Mindfulness To Reduce Stress

Apr 15 2009 - 12:15pm
Teaching Mindfulness To Reduce Stress

With job layoffs leading daily newscasts and Wall Street struggling to gain traction, has there ever been a better time for a stress reduction program, especially one that's offered free of charge?

"Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program," a free four-week series to improve participants' sense of well-being, inner calmness and clarity of thought, will be offered Wednesdays, May 6, 20 and 27, and June 3, from noon - 1 p.m. at Beaumont Hospital in the Beaumont Cancer Center, first floor - Classroom, 3601 W. Thirteen Mile Road (west of Woodward Avenue) in Royal Oak.

Location Influences Your Mental Distress Level

Apr 14 2009 - 8:42pm

Increased mental distress may be somehow influenced by where you live, suggests a new study. There is an uneven distribution among groups of people who experience frequent mental distress (FMD), based on geographic location.

Frequent mental distress is defined as experiencing depression or emotional upset for more than fourteen days in the previous month. The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, showed that certain geographic locales are associated with greater frequencies of mental distress.

Estimating Rates Of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Mar 24 2009 - 12:41pm

Ohio’s National Guardsmen and Reserve head off to war armed with more than their combat skills. Ohio leaders have led the nation in shielding its citizen-soldiers from battlefield stress with mental health support to protect them from the trauma of war before and after deployment.

Teenage Stress Has Implications For Adult Health

Mar 13 2009 - 11:51am

Most of us remember our teenage years with a mix of fondness and relief. Fondness for the good memories, and relief that all that teenage stress, angst and drama — first love, gossip, SATs, fights with parents — is behind us.

Or is it? It turns out, say UCLA researchers, that even stressful times from the teenage years exact a physical toll that could have implications for health during adulthood.