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Ways Stress Affects Your Body And Your Health

Ways Stress Affects Your Body And Your Health | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
Your body just recognizes stress as strain. And whether it's from an emotional, mental, or physical source, it cannot tell the difference and will act accordingly.

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Deal with it before its too late. Learn what it does to your health and how to beat it.

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American Institute Health Care Professionals's curator insight, September 3, 2013 12:07 PM

#waysstressaffects #howstresscanhurtyou #hazardsofstress #stresscancause #sourceofstress

Looking for information on how stress can hurt you?   Here is an excellent infograph on the ways stress affects our physical body.    As you can see the hazards of stress are more than just a bad day and a headache.  


Stress can cause chronic fatigue, panic disorders, hypertension,irritable bowel syndrome, weight gain, muscle tension, etc to name a few.   It does not matter where your stress is coming from either.    Any source of stress can cause these effects on your body.   



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Childhood friends may protect your adult health

Childhood friends may protect your adult health | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it

The study — carried out by Jenny M. Cundiff, at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, and Karen A. Matthews, at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania — suggests that the more time that you spent hanging out with your best buddies as a kid, the likelier you are to have a healthy weight and blood pressure as an adult.

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Our early social lives have a protective influence on our physical health in adulthood, and it's not just our caregivers or financial circumstances, but also our friends who are health protective.
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Children of centenarians feel stronger purpose in life

Children of centenarians feel stronger purpose in life | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it

A sense of meaning and direction in life is associated with living longer and experiencing less disease, disability, and cognitive impairment. Now, a new study has found that the children of centenarians, who tend to have similar healthy aging patterns and long lives like their parents, are also much more likely than the general population to have a strong sense of purpose.

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Higher purpose in life is associated with being an offspring of a long-lived parent and may play a role in the ability to delay age-associated illnesses and functional decline. Increasing purposefulness may be a target for interventions to promote healthy aging.
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Psychotherapy trainees’ experiences of their own mandatory personal therapy raise "serious ethical considerations"

Psychotherapy trainees’ experiences of their own mandatory personal therapy raise "serious ethical considerations" | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it

Many training programmes for psychotherapists and counsellors include a mandatory personal therapy component – as well as learning about psychotherapeutic theories and techniques, and practising being a therapist, the trainee must also spend time in therapy themselves, in the role of a client. Indeed, the British Psychological Society’s own Division of Counselling Psychology stipulates that Counselling Psychology trainees must undertake 40 hours of personal therapy as part of obtaining their qualification.
What is it like for trainees to complete their own mandatory therapy? A new meta-synthesis in Counselling and Psychotherapy Research is the first to combine all previously published qualitative findings addressing this question. The trainees’ accounts suggest that the practice offers many benefits, but that it also has “hindering effects” that raise “serious ethical considerations”.

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Psychotherapy trainees shouldn't be forced to undergo personal therapy just as much as dentist trainees shouldn't be forced to undergo mandatory root canal treatment.
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Partner's scent eases women’s response to stress

Partner's scent eases women’s response to stress | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it

Researchers found that stress levels dropped in women who smelled their partner’s shirt during a stress test but rose in women who smelled a stranger’s shirt.


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During a stressful time, smelling a partner’s scent might help ease anxiety, a study suggests.

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Study finds significant increase in perfectionism among young people since the 1980s

Study finds significant increase in perfectionism among young people since the 1980s | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
A new study published by the American Psychological Association in the journal Psychological Bulletin suggests that in comparison with prior generations, the urge among today's college students to be perfect in mind, body, and career has remarkably increased, and this may take a toll on the mental health of young people.
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Today's young people are competing with each other in order to meet societal pressures to succeed and they feel that perfectionism is necessary in order to feel safe, socially connected and of worth.

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New Study Finds Meditation With Walking Reduces Anxiety

New Study Finds Meditation With Walking Reduces Anxiety | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it

Researchers have found that adding meditation before or after a brief walk, for 10 minutes each, significantly reduces anxiety in university students. The new randomized control trial (link is external) published in the American Journal of Health Promotion examined the effects of meditation alone or meditation before or after a 10-minute walk on a group of 110 university students, who were on average 21.4 years old.

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A new study finds that combining meditation before or after a walk reduces anxiety more than just walking by itself.

 

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Makenna Ray's curator insight, March 15, 11:39 AM

Main Points:

  1.  Meditation after walking can help reduce anxiety.
  2. Studies are conducted and have shown they have helped with anxiety
  3. Step by step on how to meditate. 
  4. A person can come very distracted but one should try to focus on themselves and walking.

 Biased:

  • There is no biased shown in this article. The other sticks to facts and never post her opinion on meditation.

Inform:

  • This is because she gives steps on how to properly meditate, and uses facts from researchers. 

Inferences: 

  • The author is a doctor
  • Walking helps me reduce stress from what the article said. 
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Mental disorders linked to poor academic performance in Australian schools

Mental disorders linked to poor academic performance in Australian schools | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it

The survey, led by the University of Western Australia and Telethon Kids Institute, was the second Australian Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing. It was conducted in 2013-14 and saw 6,310 families with children and adolescents aged four to 17 taking part. Data was collected on the mental health of children, covering major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) and conduct disorder (extreme behaviour such as aggression towards people, destruction of property, theft, or other law-breaking behaviour). Over 5,000 survey participants agreed to provide access to NAPLAN records from 2008 through to 2016.

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A national survey has shown Australian school students with a mental disorder can be almost three years behind on academic performance. Results also show students with mental disorders had more absences from school and an increased likelihood of self-harm.

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Makenna Ray's curator insight, March 15, 11:45 AM

A survey was conducted nationally on students and showed they could be behind in learning. A study showed that 1 in 4 students were affected by one or more mental disorder. Female mental disorder is more then males, and has increased over the years. These disorders are leading children to miss school. The study concluded that children need more support.

 

I believe in this article. I think that being stressed can result in poor performance. I was not surprised that females have more stress because I feel they go through more then males. The article stated having support can help with stress. I believe this as well because if I did not have anyone and was lonely I feel I would have became depressed. 

 

 

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People Who Never Marry Have a 42% Higher Risk of Developing Dementia

People Who Never Marry Have a 42% Higher Risk of Developing Dementia | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
Whether or not to get married is an intensely personal decision, but there may be significant cognitive consequences for many who opt to never say their vows (or cannot do so), according to new research.
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A broad analysis tracking the health of some 800,000 people has found individuals who never get married stand a dramatically higher risk of developing dementia.

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New research suggests high-intensity exercise boosts memory

New research suggests high-intensity exercise boosts memory | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
The health advantages of high-intensity exercise are widely known but new research from McMaster University points to another major benefit: better memory.
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Scientists have found that six weeks of intense exercise—short bouts of interval training over the course of 20 minutes—showed significant improvements in what is known as high-interference memory.

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Seniors, leaving the house daily may help you live longer

Seniors, leaving the house daily may help you live longer | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that older adults should get out of the house more; leaving their homes on a daily basis could help them to live longer.
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New research finds that older people who leave their homes every day are likelier to live longer than those who remain indoors, regardless of their health status or functional capacity.

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Here's The Science on Why Eating Fat Won't Make You Fat

Here's The Science on Why Eating Fat Won't Make You Fat | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it

"Eat fat, get fat" has been the conventional wisdom guiding American diets for the past two decades. Yet more and more research suggests that thinking is dangerously misguided. "There is one thing we know about fats," Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine, writes in his new book, The Bad Food Bible: How and Why to Eat Sinfully.

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Fat consumption does not cause weight gain. To the contrary, it might actually help us shed a few pounds.

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Why saunas really are good for your health

Why saunas really are good for your health | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
Things are hotting up in the world of sauna research.
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Recent studies have shown that taking a regular sauna can be extremely good for your health – alleviating and preventing the risk of common acute and chronic conditions.

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People who think they exercise less than their peers die earlier, regardless of their actual activity levels

People who think they exercise less than their peers die earlier, regardless of their actual activity levels | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it

How you think about your levels of physical activity may be just as important for your health as how much exercise you actually get.

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Adjusting for actual physical activity, individuals who perceive themselves as less active than others are up to 71 per cent more likely to die in a follow-up period.

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Quitting Facebook Leads To Drop In Cortisol Levels, Australian Study Shows

Quitting Facebook Leads To Drop In Cortisol Levels, Australian Study Shows | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it

According to Statista, Facebook currently has more than 2 billion active monthly users, which makes it the most popular social network by a large margin. The much-discussed Cambridge Analytica scandal may have damaged Facebook’s reputation, as well as its shares — which have, as Time noted, posted their steepest drop since 2015 — but how does Facebook affect our mental health and well-being? Eric Vanman and Rosemary Baker from the University of Queensland, and Stephanie Tobin from the Australian Catholic University have attempted to answer this question. In a study recently published in the Journal of Social Psychology, titled “The Burden of Online Friends,” the authors explore the effects of giving up Facebook on stress and well-being.

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Just five days without Facebook is enough to reduce one’s levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
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Women who meditate also tend to have a better sex life, study finds

Women who meditate also tend to have a better sex life, study finds | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
“It has been well established in the scientific literature that mindfulness meditation is applicable to women’s sexual health. Our research has shown across a dozen studies that short-term mindfulness interventions, delivered in either 4-session or 8-session formats, significantly improve sexual functioning and satisfaction,” explained study author Lori A. Brotto, a professor at the University of British Columbia and author of Better Sex Through Mindfulness.
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Women who practice meditation are more likely to report better sexual functioning and higher levels of sexual desire.
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World's happiest countries for 2018? UN report is out

World's happiest countries for 2018? UN report is out | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it

The United Nations' has released its annual World Happiness Report. What country bumped Norway from the No. 1 spot?

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Finland is the happiest country in the world, according to the latest World Happiness Report.
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Post-Traumatic Growth and Post-Traumatic Stress Can Coexist

Post-Traumatic Growth and Post-Traumatic Stress Can Coexist | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it

A new study by researchers at the Disaster and Community Crisis Center at the University of Missour (link is external)i (DCC) has identified specific coping strategies that can help survivors of natural disasters experience some form of personal growth in tandem with the devastating trauma of living through a natural disaster.

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We commonly associate PTSD with natural disasters. Surprisingly, a new study reports that personal growth can coexist with post-traumatic stress in the years following.

 

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Makenna Ray's curator insight, March 15, 11:33 AM

Researchers have discovered coping strategies for those dealing with stress and growth from traumatic events that occurred in one's life. Stress can be caused by natural occurrences such as tornadoes, fires, etc. Those who have experienced these traumatic events can have depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc. Connecting and communicating with others who have experienced and overcome these disasters can be a helpful strategy dealing with stress. 

 

I think this is a very good article. You always think of stress from test, friendships ending or losing someone. These are just prime examples but I think that people overlook those in natural disasters because they are "uncommon," this to me is not true. When the article said a person can still experience stress and not grow years after an event made me feel sad and surprised. I learned that stress can be caused by anything one does. 

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How singing your heart out could make you happier

How singing your heart out could make you happier | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
Singing in groups could make you happier -- according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA).

 

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Choral Singing, Wellbeing and Health: A cross-national survey https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/health-and-wellbeing/sidney-de-haan-research-centre/research-projects/singing-for-older-people/choral-singing-wellbeing-and-health.aspx#.Wj0AZQRPYjQ.twitter

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Singing in groups could make you happier - according to new research. Researchers examined the benefits of singing among people with mental health conditions including anxiety and depression. People who take part in a community singing group maintain or improv their mental health. The combination of singing and socializing is an essential part of recovery because it promoted an ongoing feeling of belonging and wellbeing.

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Ten-year study finds loneliness and self-centeredness appear to be mutually reinforcing

Ten-year study finds loneliness and self-centeredness appear to be mutually reinforcing | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it

We usually think of loneliness as a condition with no redeeming features. Certainly, chronic loneliness is linked to poorer physical and psychological health, as well as unfavourable effects on personality. But an evolutionary model of loneliness, pioneered by John Cacioppo at the University of Chicago, US, proposes that it has an adaptive function, in that it: 1) makes people want to do something about absent or unsatisfactory social relationships, and 2) encourages people to focus on their own interests and welfare. The second proposed motivational force is the focus of a new study, led John Cacioppo, and published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. The researchers predicted that feelings of loneliness would make people more self-centred – and this is exactly what they found.

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Targeting self-centeredness may help reduce loneliness.

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Power of Positive Thinking Extends, It Seems, to Aging

Power of Positive Thinking Extends, It Seems, to Aging | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
Do happy people live longer? A growing body of evidence suggests they may. Recent studies have correlated long life with optimism, with positive thinking, and with a lack of hostility, anxiety and depression.One thing that remains unclear, however, is whether happiness can actually cause longevity. Perhaps happy people live longer because they practice healthy behaviors, or for some other unknown reason.
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Those who view aging as a positive experience live, on average, 7.5 years longer than those who take a darker view.

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Coffee Linked to Lower Risk of Heart & Liver Disease, Some Cancers

Coffee Linked to Lower Risk of Heart & Liver Disease, Some Cancers | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
A new study finds that drinking three to four cups of coffee a day is tied to a lower risk of heart disease and death compared to drinking no coffee at all. Coffee consumption is also associated with a lower risk of some cancers, diabetes, liver disease and dementia.
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Coffee consumption associated with a lower risk of death from all causes and from heart disease, with the greatest reduction in relative risk of death at three cups a day, compared with non-coffee drinkers.

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Resistance training may boost seniors' psychological well-being

Resistance training may boost seniors' psychological well-being | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
Resistance training may benefit some aspects of psychological well-being in older adults, according to new research from the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. The researchers — who reported their findings in the journal Quality of Life Research — came to this conclusion after studying the effect of 9 months of resistance training on psychological functioning in a group of not very active older adults.
 
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A study of older adults who did 9 months of resistance training suggests that it may benefit their sense of coherence and environmental quality of life.

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Babies Who Get More Cuddles Have Their Genetics Changed For Years, Study Shows

Babies Who Get More Cuddles Have Their Genetics Changed For Years, Study Shows | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
The amount of close and comforting contact that young infants get doesn't just keep them warm, snug, and loved. A new study says it can actually affect babies at the molecular level, and the effects can last for years.
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Babies who get less physical contact and are more distressed at a young age, end up with changes in molecular processes that affect gene expression.

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Motorcycle crashes cause 5 times as many deaths as car accidents, 6 times the health costs

Motorcycle crashes cause 5 times as many deaths as car accidents, 6 times the health costs | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
Despite better motor vehicle safety, injuries from motorcycle crashes have not improved.
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Motorcycle accidents are costly in terms of lives and health care costs. Compared with car accidents, motorcycle accidents cause 3 times the injuries, 6 times the medical costs and 5 times the deaths

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New MHA State of Mental Health Report Shows America’s Youth in Crisis

New MHA State of Mental Health Report Shows America’s Youth in Crisis | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
For the fourth year in a row, Mental Health America (MHA) released its annual State of Mental Health Report, which ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on several mental health and access measures. This year, Massachusetts came out on top overall with Nevada coming in 51st.
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In a 5-year period, US rates of severe youth depression have increased. 50% of screeners age 11-17 often think about suicide or self-harm throughout the week. Over 76% of youth with severe depression – 1.7 million kids - did not get treatment they need.

 

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