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    1. Osteoporosis Drug May Take Edge off Anxiety

      Sept. 6, 2000 -- Researchers looking into bone-building effects of the osteoporosis drug raloxifene have stumbled onto an unexpected finding: It also appears to reduce anxiety levels in some postmenopausal women. "The major finding of the study that is unique was that raloxifene seemed to reduce anx

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    2. Drinking to Quiet Anxiety

      Aug. 11, 2000 -- A cool beer sounds good on a hot summer day ... wine is fine at dinnertime ... a margarita would be sublime, with lime. People's tastes in spirits are vastly varied, as are their reasons for drinking. What type of mood is likely to inspire us to drink? Are we more likely to drink wh

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    3. You and Your Computer Can Fight Your Fears Together

      July 10, 2000 -- Are you unrealistically frightened of dogs? Or the dark ... or crowds? Have no fear: new research from Britain seems to point the way toward help ... and it's pointing -- and clicking -- right at your computer screen. Isaac M. Marks, MRCPsych, a British psychiatrist renowned for his

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    4. Anxiously Awaited News: Antidepressant Effectively Relieves Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder

      June 20, 2000 -- For the first time, researchers have shown that the antidepressant Effexor XR provides long-term relief from the disabling symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. This is promising news to the millions of people in the United States who suffer from the condition. Effexor XR had ju

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    5. Yet Another Antidepressant May Help Treat Anxiety

      June 5, 2000 -- Effexor is a relative newcomer to the ever-growing ranks of antidepressant drugs. Now, researchers have discovered that, like many of the newer antidepressants, it also may be effective for treating people with anxiety disorders. A recent study found that Effexor, in its extended-rel

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    6. Is Shyness a Mental Disorder?

      April 10, 2000 (Petaluma, Calif.) -- "I'm to the point I stay home. I won't go anywhere alone," one visitor confides. "I almost always skip classes, except when I have to take exams," says another. "I don't really know what triggers my panics, but in just one second my heart starts beating like craz

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    7. Natural Anxiety Treatment May Work

      Feb. 25, 2000 (Lake Tahoe, Calif.) -- Kava, an extract from the root of the pepper plant Piper methysticum, has come a long way from the South Pacific, where it has been a staple of traditional medicine for centuries. Today in the U.S., kava is an herbal best seller, often taken for its relaxing pro

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    8. Taking On the New Year's Blues

      Dec. 30, 1999 (Atlanta) -- Optimism about the new year? Make that anxiety for some people -- especially this year. Behind the planned fireworks, champagne, and cruises to catch midnight, mental health professionals say the year 2000 is already taking a psychological toll on some people -- regardless

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    9. Panic Attacks More Common in Smokers

      Dec. 14, 1999 (Atlanta) -- If you think smoking calms you down, think again. A study of thousands of smokers shows that they are three times more likely than nonsmokers to have panic attacks and panic disorder. "We know already a whole lot about the effects of smoking on just physical health, and no

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    10. Increased Patient Education Lowers Anxiety Before a Medical Procedure

      Dec. 10, 1999 (Minneapolis) -- A new study shows that anxiety over a medical procedure can be significantly reduced by improved patient education prior to the procedure. Patients who watched a video prior to having a colonoscopy also were much more aware of the details of the procedure and had a qui

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