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Thinking About Death Can Lead To A Good Life

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Thinking about death can actually be a good thing.
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Anxiety Boosts Threat Odor Perception

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Anxious men are especially good at detecting low concentrations of disagreeable scents, perhaps an evolutionary legacy of predator perception

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What to Do When Someone You Love Is Anxious

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Whether they worry, obsess or panic, if you have a loved one struggling with anxiety it can be almost as painful for you as it is for them.

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Three Things That Maintain Anxiety

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Avoidance, Reassurance, and Distraction. Three makers of Anxiety

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Can Willpower Help You Overcome Social Anxiety?

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Willpower is not always about giving something up

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Blogging may help teens dealing with social distress

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Blogging may have psychological benefits for teens suffering from social anxiety, improving their self-esteem and helping them relate better to their friends, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.
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Are the anxious oblivious?

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Anxious people have long been classified as "hypersensitive" -- they're thought to be more fearful and feel threatened more easily than their counterparts. But new research from Tel Aviv University shows that the anxious may not be hypersensitive at all -- in fact, they may not be sensitive enough.

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Friendship makes a difference in stress regulation

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A nationwide Dutch study of 100 fourth graders sought to determine whether victimization and exclusion by peers were related to increases in cortisol (a stress hormone), and whether friendships moderated this association.
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How Successful Students Overcome Math Anxiety Revealed By Brain Study

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Using brain-imaging technology for the first time with people experiencing mathematics anxiety, University of Chicago scientists have gained new insights into how some students are able to overcom...
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The Neurobiology of Stress: the Human Brain and How It Responds to Stress

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Worry is like a rock­ing chair. It gives you some­thing to do, but it gets you nowhere.

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Excessive worrying may have co-evolved with intelligence

Excessive worrying may have co-evolved with intelligence | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Worrying may have evolved along with intelligence as a beneficial trait, according to scientists who found that high intelligence and worry both correlate with brain activity[...]

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Death anxiety increases atheists' unconscious belief in God

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When non-religious people think about their own death they become more consciously skeptical about religion, but unconsciously grow more receptive to religious belief, new research suggests.
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Seven Tips For Improved Public Speaking

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A fear of public speaking is something that has affected many of us at one time or another, while glossophobia is one of the most common phobias in existence.

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Should Grief Be A Mental Illness? | Psychology Today

Should Grief Be A Mental Illness? | Psychology Today | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Where to draw the line between grief and mental illness?

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This is an example of medicalization.  This is grief being turned into depression.  Now, it's natural to feel depressed when a loved one dies, but turning this into full-on depression is a little ridiculous.  Also talked about in the article is the fact that grief has changed a lot in the last little while.  When it's natural to have grief is steadily becoming a longer and longer period of time.  This goes along with the labeling theory.  When people are labeled as grieving for whatever reason, they believe they have to be.  This has become a norm in society.  They don't know exactly how long they are supposed to grieve; they just know that it's supposed to happen.

Melissa Denetdale's comment, February 10, 2:22 PM
This ties in with the topic of how the mentally ill are labeled and are caught in the grey areas of society. This is a huge issue in society today. One of the most sought resolutions for this issue defining each and every mental illness and how to approach this issue. Doctors and medical professionals are unable to correctly diagnose an individual. So, where does that leave them to get "sane" again? I think this will continue to pose a problem that will be controlled by medicalization. Everyone endures a certain amount of distress in thier life. Mental illness is tied in with plenty of stigma that says medical prescriptions are a must and that there is no other way. There is a significant amount of people that experience depression. Just as the article states, it is difficult to identify how an individual is mentally unstable. This is an example of informal labeling. People only rely on new agents of social control, but those agents are utilizing mentally ill subjects as experiments. The borderline of grief and mental illness will remain a blur until those new agents of social control is able to sharply identify the cause of those mental illnesses and how to approach it instead of escalating the situation.
Erin Madden's comment, February 12, 10:18 AM
Good article for discussing medicalization, Kim. What is the culturally acceptable grieving period in the U.S.? The article mentions the 2 week point, but is this fair? Saying that all grief lasting 2+ weeks is a mental illness is definitely an example of medicalization. Doctors are agents of social control telling us what is "normal" and what is "sickness" here, but it also seems like Melissa and Kim are skeptical of the line we're drawing. Should we give people longer periods to grieve? Are we expecting people to "get over it" too soon? Obviously, as the article states, there are cases where people who are grieving become extremely depressed and suicidal, but this is already medicalized. In this article they are talking about further medicalizing grief to not just include these extreme cases, but people who are just grieving longer.
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How to Train Your Brain to Alleviate Anxiety

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Our thoughts affect our brains. More specifically, “… what you pay attention to, what you think and feel and want, and how you work with your reactions to things sculpt your brain in multiple ways.” In other words, how you use your mind can change your brain. Here are three anxiety-alleviating practices to try.


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How Listening to Music Soothes Pain and Anxiety

How Listening to Music Soothes Pain and Anxiety | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

With music so central to the human emotional condition, a new study showing how song can soothe anxiety and even reduce pain should come as little surprise.

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Anxiety Sucks | Psychology Today

Anxiety Sucks | Psychology Today | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Our instinctual responses to anxiety no longer fit the stresses of modern times. More often than not, we're not facing a wolf-like threat. Most stresses we face today require us to slow down, limber up our brain and do our best problem solving.

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The Neurobiology of Stress: Gray Matters | SharpBrains

The Neurobiology of Stress: Gray Matters | SharpBrains | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

part 2 of the 6-part The Neurobiology of Stress series.

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Brain study reveals how successful students overcome math anxiety

Brain study reveals how successful students overcome math anxiety | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Using brain-imaging technology for the first time with people experiencing mathematics anxiety, University of Chicago scientists have gained new insights into how some students are able to overcome their fears and succeed in math.
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Preserving Mental Health During Unemployment

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How to stay grounded when your job is spirited away

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