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» The Importance of Getting Help for Fear and Anxieties - World of Psychology

» The Importance of Getting Help for Fear and Anxieties - World of Psychology | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Getting professional help for dealing with your persistent fears and anxieties is the single most important step in your recovery. Many people are reluctant to
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Dwelling on Stressful Events Can Increase Inflammation in the Body, Study Finds

Dwelling on Stressful Events Can Increase Inflammation in the Body, Study Finds | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Dwelling on negative events can increase levels of inflammation in the body, a new Ohio University study finds.

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More Evidence of Neural Connection between Infant Stress and Later Psychological Disorders

More Evidence of Neural Connection between Infant Stress and Later Psychological Disorders | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

This two-decade study reveals neural connection between early stress and anxiety and depression in girls. 

 

Keep in mind that this is not the first study to show a connection between developmental stress or trauma and later psychological issues in adolescence and adulthood. Although the study refers to "permanent changes" in the brain because they were present in adolescence, we also know that these changes can be reversed to some degree through focused therapy--particularly through cognitive behavioral approaches including a technique called "mindfulness."  Richard Davidson, one of the authors of this study, is also known for his research on mindfulness techniques.

 

One interesting aspect of this study is that it perhaps helps parse out the differences in how these developmental brain changes due to stress are manifested in girls versus boys.

 

The author of the report says, "Although there’s no obvious explanation, anxiety and mood disorders are more prevalent in women, whereas antisocial behavior and substance abuse are more common in men."  She then quotes one of the researchers who adds: “It fits with the idea that they both feel what’s going on, but have different strategies for expressing their unhappiness and maladjustment."

Also see: Studies Report Early Childhood Trauma Takes Visible Toll On Brain;"

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Can anxiety kill your ability to love? - CNN.com

Can anxiety kill your ability to love? - CNN.com | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Daniel Smith: Anxiety is a wily, reactive affliction; it recedes in response to positive life events but it seldom recedes for long.
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The “Whys” To Our Problems Might Block Us From Answers

The “Whys” To Our Problems Might Block Us From Answers | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Wondering why we have a problem can be awesomely helpful. Knowing how a problem was recruited into our life can help us see how to get rid of it, or it can assist us in being gentle with ourselves.

 

Or it might be incredibly distracting. Instead of thinking ahead to what actions or thoughts can change we can get stuck in judgment, lamenting, and maybe even self pity: Why is this happening to me? What did I do to deserve this? Why am I being punished?

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Avatars may help children with social anxiety ... - Health Centers

Avatars may help children with social anxiety ... - Health Centers | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
The National Institute of Mental Health, part of the National Institutes of Health, provided a $500000 grant to fund the development of the software and a 12-week study that will begin this summer. The study will involve 30 ...
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» 10 Rules for Coping with Panic: Rule #6 - Panic About Anxiety

» 10 Rules for Coping with Panic: Rule #6 - Panic About Anxiety | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
The sixth rule for coping with panic attacks: notice when the panic fades. Don't miss the moment; stay mindfully aware of how your body slowly calms down.
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Aspergers and perfectionism | Aspie in the family

Aspergers and perfectionism | Aspie in the family | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

Perfectionism is not uncommon in people with aspergers syndrome. They set themselves such high levels of attainment that anything that doesn’t meet that level can cause them huge amounts of stress and anxiety. The smallest mistakes can upset a person with aspergers for days and they can have a lot of difficulty forgiving themselves.

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The Vicious Triangle of Perfectionism, Anxiety, and Depression | Psychology Today

The Vicious Triangle of Perfectionism, Anxiety, and Depression | Psychology Today | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
I Feel Bad About My Blog. By Victoria Maxwell...

 

I've been procrastinating writing a blog post because I want it to be perfect. The perfectionism fuels more procrastination which fuels more anxiety which fuels perfectionism which fuels the procrastination which...etc etc. You get the picture.

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OCPD - Scattered Thoughts from the Front Lines: What is OCPD?

OCPD - Scattered Thoughts from the Front Lines: What is OCPD? | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

OCPD is short for Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder. Despite the similarity in names, this is totally different from OCD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (although there can be co-morbidity, that is, one person can have symptoms of more than one mental illness.)

 

It's known by other names as well: Anankastic Personality Disorder, Perfectionist Personality Disorder, "being anal-retentive," or Control Freak. Control is basically the name of the game; because OCPD'rs are anxious (make that, terrified) inside, they seek to control themselves and their environments, to the extent of being thrown into a tizzy if something unexpected occurs - even a good something.

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Childhood Maltreatment Can Leave Scars In The Brain

Childhood Maltreatment Can Leave Scars In The Brain | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Teenagers who were maltreated may have a harder time figuring out what's scary and what's safe.
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Laura Strom's curator insight, November 18, 2013 12:15 PM

There is a huge price to pay for mistreating a child, including substance abuse programs, correctional facilities, vandalism, crime, and poor physical/mental health. We need to stand as a society in opposition to child abuse, if for no other reason than the sheer cost to society.

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» A Simple Practice to a Happier Balanced Brain - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

» A Simple Practice to a Happier Balanced Brain - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
We all want to be happy, but our brain isn't wired for it. This simple practice can help open up the mind to a happier more balanced life.
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Julianna Bonola's curator insight, July 11, 2013 12:49 AM

Such a simple exercise to bring such big relief.

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Five Behaviors That Keep Us Anxious

Five Behaviors That Keep Us Anxious | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Although there is no magic wand to wave and dispel chronic anxiety, we can do our best to avoid habits that make anxiety worse. By continuing with habits that create or perpetuate anxiety, we cannot hope to ever be free from the symptoms.
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Managing Panic Attacks: Ride The Wave of Panic

Managing Panic Attacks: Ride The Wave of Panic | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
The Feeling of an Oncoming Panic Attack When the panic attack comes, it often comes in a wave. It begins by lapping at your feet, or at the outermost portions
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That giant tarantula is terrifying, but I'll touch it: Expressing your emotions can reduce fear

That giant tarantula is terrifying, but I'll touch it: Expressing your emotions can reduce fear | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Can simply describing your feelings at stressful times make you less afraid and less anxious? A new psychology study suggests that labeling your emotions at the precise moment you are confronting what you fear can indeed have that effect.

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Study suggests girls can 'rewire' brains to ward off depression

Study suggests girls can 'rewire' brains to ward off depression | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

(Medical Xpress) -- What if you could teach your brain to respond differently to things that make you feel sad, down or stressed out? What if doing that helped ward off depression?" 

 

 


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Morgan Rector's comment, February 26, 2013 2:05 PM
This article will help me support my fact that girls are more likely to suffer from depression and it will also help me support my point that it can be helped. The brain plays a vital role in depression and I am glad I can find articles like this to help me prove my points.
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Ten Steps to Genuine Self-Acceptance

Ten Steps to Genuine Self-Acceptance | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Where do genuine self-love and self-acceptance come from? We get these things by soaking up all the affirmation our parents give us when we're little.Also, our parents model their good self-worth to us.

 

What happens, though, if our parents didn’t give us what we needed? Are we doomed to forever feeling inadequate or unworthy if our folks were neglectful toward us or unaccepting of themselves?

 

The good news is that a person can develop self-love at any stage of life. Like learning a language, it’s easier to do as a child but it’s absolutely possible to do as an adult, using the following ten steps:

 

Read more: Ten Steps to Genuine Self-Acceptance | OM Times Magazine http://bit.ly/KgwZqE


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7 Awesome Strategies for Dealing with Perfectionism

7 Awesome Strategies for Dealing with Perfectionism | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Have you ever been labeled a "perfectionist"? Or do you consider yourself to be one? How will you know? First of all, perfectionism, if you're not sure, are self-defeating thought patterns that are pretty easy to recognize in ...
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Tratak Meditation | Heal Now and Forever

Tratak Meditation | Heal Now and Forever | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

Tratak is an ancient meditation that can help you decrease stress, anxiety, anger, and frustration. It brings clarity of mind, stopping random, hurtful thought processes.

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Reader's Questions about Guilt Anxiety and Generalized Anxiety | Anxiety-Schmanxiety Blog

Reader's Questions about Guilt Anxiety and Generalized Anxiety | Anxiety-Schmanxiety Blog | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
What to do about guilt anxiety and generalized anxiety disorder, forgive yourself and write a list of your skills and knowledges about safety.
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Study Finds Sites That Control Fear and Anxiety in Human Brain - The Daily Californian

A recent study by UC Berkeley researchers in collaboration with researchers at the University of Cambridge reveals specific sites in the brain that control how humans develop, and subsequently overcome, fear and anxiety.

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