Category: Stress

Divorce: Literally a Heartbreaker

Divorced people may be at increased risk for heart attacks and should pay spe­cial attention to their coronary risk factors,suggests a study in Circulation:...

Flotation Tanks to Ease Stress

If floating in a warm, saltwater bath in silent darkness for an hour sounds like bliss, then you’re in luck. Sensory deprivation tanks, popular in the 1970s and 1980s,...

Are You Stressed Out?

A crazy deadline at work. A grinding traffic jam. The causes of stress range from common frustrations like these to traumatic experiences like going through a divorce,...

Recognizing and Treating PTSD

It’s normal to feel fear and anxiety during and after a traumatic event. Split-second changes occur in the body—tensed muscles, rapid heartbeat, increased...

Can How You Argue Make You Sick?

Robert W. Levenson, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, studies how couples interact, looking for clues to marital stability and...

Can Adversity Be Good for You?

What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. That saying from the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (originally “What does not kill me, makes me...

Recognizing PTSD in Children

When we think of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, we usually think of soldiers who have come back from war. But PTSD can occur in anyone. It is increasingly...

Emotional Support Animals: Real Need or Scam?

Whether it’s a passenger fearful of flying, someone coping poorly with a past traumatic situation, or a student who gets nervous before tak­ing tests, an increasing...

The Toll of Childhood Adversity

A new scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) has added to the evidence that traumatic events in childhood can have a powerful effect not just...

Is Your Doctor Burned Out?

A family physician and palliative care expert at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Ronald Epstein, MD, has long warned about the growing phenomenon of...