Stress Management and Relief

Chronic Stress Can Cause More Than A Headache

Mar 12 2009 - 2:25pm

With a great deal of dispiriting economic news affecting the country, it’s no surprise that more than half of Americans report being plagued by stress over financial concerns. But doctors caution that prolonged stress and negative emotions can take a toll on the body.

“Stress can affect the body in many ways,” says Kimbra Bell, MD internist at Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group. “From aches and pains, to poor sleep and an increased risk of disease, stress can cause serious health consequences over time.”

New Clues About Genetic Influence Of Stress On Men’s Health

Mar 7 2009 - 5:35am

Men with a common genetic variant produce more than twice as much of a hormone known to increase blood pressure and blood sugar when they are angry, according to researchers from Duke University Medical Center.

The findings, presented today at the American Psychosomatic Society's annual scientific meeting, shed more light on the notion that stress can trigger physiological changes that result in the development of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

How To Feel Loved This Valentine's Day

Feb 14 2009 - 9:28am
Valentine's Day stress releif

Does your heart beat a little faster when the post arrives on the Valentine's Day on February 14th? Or does it all just stress you out?

Valentine’s Day is the traditional time all over the world when special relationships are marked. But that doesn’t work for everyone. So here’s the good news. You don’t need another person to make yourself feel wanted this Valentine’s. You can do it yourself instead. Here’s how to feel the love!

Childhood Stress Has Long-term Impact on Immunity

Jan 27 2009 - 10:58am
Childhood stress and immunity

According to a new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, childhood stress can have a lasting impact on immunity.

The report, published Jan. 26 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that children who were physically abused, or exposed to stressful home environments in childhood show compromised immunity for years.

Only Half Of Psychological Distress Sufferers Received Mental Health Services

Jan 12 2009 - 8:18am

An estimated 24.3 million people aged 18 years or older experienced serious psychological distress (SPD) in the past year – and only 44.6 percent of them received any kind of mental health services, according to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Serious psychological distress is an overall indicator of past-year mental health problems such as anxiety and/or mood disorders.

Fewer Than Half of Distressed Adults See Treatment

Jan 7 2009 - 8:27pm

Of the 24.3 million adults who had serious psychological distress (SPD) in 2006, fewer than half (44.6 percent) sought treatment, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration said Wednesday.

"This report shows that mental health problems affect almost 10 percent of people over age 18 years old, but less than half receive services that could help improve their situation," SAMHSA Acting Administrator Eric Broderick said in a news release.

DD Improperly Denied Medical, Disability Benefits To PTSD Veterans

Dec 23 2008 - 12:55pm

A class-action lawsuit filed in U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., alleges that the Department of Defense illegally denied medical and disability benefits to veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Stress-Related Weight Gain Spikes With Financial Crisis

Dec 23 2008 - 10:00am

The global financial crisis of the past year has hurt Americans and Canadians in more than just their wallets. Trends show that as a result of increased stress, many are eating more than usual and losing their battle against the bulge even as they try harder to diet.

APA Gives Anger Management Tips For Holidays

Dec 23 2008 - 8:24am

It may be hard to keep anger and stress at bay during these holiday times that are supposed to be spiritual and joyful times. The American Psychological Association gives the following tips for your stress relief and anger management.

The goal of anger management is to reduce both your emotional feelings and the physiological arousal that anger causes. You can't get rid of, or avoid, the things or the people that enrage you, nor can you change them, but you can learn to control your reactions.

Vulnerability To Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Runs In Families

Dec 20 2008 - 11:47am

Earthquakes have aftershocks — not just the geological kind but the mental kind as well. Just like veterans of war, earthquake survivors can experience post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety.

In 1988, a massive earthquake in Armenia killed 17,000 people and destroyed nearly half the town of Gumri. Now, in the first multigenerational study of its kind, UCLA researchers studying survivors of that catastrophe have discovered that vulnerability to PTSD, anxiety and depression runs in families.

Cope With Stress During Holiday Season

Dec 13 2008 - 11:40am

Stress is a normal part of life. Too much of it, however, can be taxing to the body. The holiday season is a time of additional stress for many people, and it can be even more challenging for people with lupus.

In this presentation to the SLE Workshop, Caroline Norris, M.S.W. Intern and SLE Workshop Coordinator, shared different ways to prevent stress during the holidays, as well as a series of relaxation techniques to alleviate and minimize the impact of stress.

Spa Savings Benefit Stressed Americans

Dec 11 2008 - 8:58am

Does the stress of the economy have you pulling your hair out? Are you running circles around Santa gearing up for the Holidays? Now is the time to take a breather, rejuvenate, and de-stress. The spa industry knows people are stretched thin emotionally, physically and financially, which is why many spas are offering incredible deals.

Stress-Related Disorders Affect Brain's Processing Of Memory

Dec 5 2008 - 2:38am

Researchers using functional MRI (fMRI) have determined that the circuitry in the area of the brain responsible for suppressing memory is dysfunctional in patients suffering from stress-related psychiatric disorders. Results of the study will be presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Army Bases Prepare For Surge In Stress-Related Disorders

Dec 3 2008 - 3:49am

Army officials have said they will examine Fort Campbell in Kentucky, where 15,000 soldiers are expected to arrive after multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, to determine the proper staffing levels to address brain injuries and psychological problems, the AP/Washington Post reports.

In an effort to assess the long-term impact of repeated deployments, Army officials have nearly doubled the size of the psychological health staff at Fort Campbell. According to the AP/Post, as many as one in five soldiers returning to Fort Campbell could have stress-related disorders.

Tips Help You Through Tumultuous Times, Stressful Holidays

Nov 25 2008 - 11:26pm

Equinox is well aware that these days, stress has become a four letter word, add to that stressful holidays and it's quite possible that all of this could be making us sick. Research has shown that stress may play a part in 50-80% of all diseases and may be responsible for up to 90% of doctor's visits. And since health insurance is sky-rocketing, here's a guide to stamp out stress (and the problems it can cause) before it starts.

GLBT Adults Experience Psychological Distress

Nov 21 2008 - 11:35am

Amendments that restrict civil marriage rights of same-sex couples – such as Proposition 8 that recently passed in California – have led to higher levels of stress and anxiety among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults, as well as among their families of origin, according to several new studies to be published by the American Psychological Association.

Gardening Reduces Stress For Alzheimer's Caregivers

Nov 21 2008 - 10:49am

According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2008 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, more than 40 percent of the 10 million American unpaid caregivers rate the emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high. However, according to a online survey of 1,340 respondents, nearly 60 percent of respondents say gardening relaxes them.

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Helping Children, Teens Deal With Stress

Nov 18 2008 - 11:21pm

As families across the country face losses of nest eggs, homes or jobs, their young children and teens need emotional support.

Child psychologist Michele C. Thorne, PhD, clinical director of the Consult Liaison Service at Riley Hospital for Children and assistant professor of clinical psychology at the Indiana University School of Medicine, says that parents should recognize that even newborn babies pick up on the emotional tones of adult stress. She says children of any age, including teens, need to be reassured that they are safe and will be cared for no matter how the family is faring. Relaxes The Financially Stressed

Nov 3 2008 - 3:04am

Relaxation specialists,, have released their latest audio/visual message for people in stressful situations, entitled "Finding Joy During Challenging Financial Times."

Aimed at transforming negative emotions into positive ones, it is designed to allow people to enter an alpha state while focusing on a positive message.

Stress may make you skin itch

Oct 27 2008 - 5:03am

Current research suggests that stress may activate immune cells in your skin, resulting in inflammatory skin disease. The related report by Joachim et al., "Stress-induced Neurogenic Inflammation in Murine Skin Skews Dendritic Cells towards Maturation and Migration: Key role of ICAM-1/LFA-1 interactions," appears in the November issue of The American Journal of Pathology.

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Stress Tests Not Performed Before Most Elective Angioplasties

Oct 16 2008 - 4:47am

Most elective angioplasties are performed without first conducting a noninvasive stress test to determine whether the procedure is necessary, according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. For the study, researchers analyzed 23,887 Medicare claims and 1,630 private insurance claims.

One In Five ICU Survivors Experiences PTSD Symptoms

Sep 24 2008 - 10:26am

Thanks to advances in critical care medicine, patients admitted to the intensive care unit today are more likely than ever to survive their stay. Yet outliving the physical trauma or illness that required ICU treatment often leaves long-lasting psychological scars, a new review finds.

Stress Relief Tips For Back To Work Or School

Sep 22 2008 - 1:13am

Enjoy the summer? Glad we’re all back at school or work? Well if you’re feeling a bit sluggish because you didn’t get a proper break (or if the thought of a new financial quarter is driving you to despair, or a new term is causing your children stress) we have some suggestions to help you cope with stress.

Visualise your stress away.

Harness the power of the brain to help you de-stress. Here are two tried and tested exercises for kids and adults alike:

Chronic stress alters genetic immune response

Aug 27 2008 - 10:57am

Most people would agree that stress increases your risk for illness and this is particularly true for severe long-term stresses, such as caring for a family member with a chronic medical illness.

However, we still have a relatively limited understanding of exactly how stress contributes to the risk for illness. In the August 15th issue of Biological Psychiatry, researchers shed new light on one link between stress and illness by describing a mechanism through which stress alters immune function.

How To Relieve Stress Jetlag On Long Flights

Jul 30 2008 - 11:46am
Stress Relief in flight

The Stress Management Society have teamed up with British Airways to help the millions of British holiday makers and Beijing bound athletes prepare for summer travel on long haul flights by creating some useful tips to combat stress and jetlag.

Neil Shah, Director of The Stress Management Society, and Dr Sleep, Chris Idzikowski, have collaborated with BA, official airline sponsor of the British Olympic team, to you these tips.

So whether you are off in search of sun or even off to the Beijing Olympics, our techniques will be sure to help you!

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Veterans' Groups Ask Court to Expedite PTSD Care

Jul 29 2008 - 10:08pm

Two veterans groups have asked a federal appeals court to force the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to expedite disability claims and treat troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The groups - Veterans for Common Sense and Veterans United for Truth Inc. - filed a notice Monday with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to overturn a lower court ruling in their lawsuit. Filed in July 2007, their lawsuit claims that the VA system that identifies and processes sufferers of PTSD has collapsed.

Shouting Vase For Expression Of Frustration

Jul 14 2008 - 8:26am
Shouting Vase

Shouting vase lets you shout with your loudest frustration without disturbing anyone around.

Once you get frustrated, you’ll definitely want to shout out with your loudest voice, to release all your angers. But we’re ladies and gentlemen, and it isn’t suitable to shout with your loudest voice at any public place.

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