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
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
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
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
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
Dec. 8, 1999 (New York) -- Anxiety can have as much of a negative impact on an individual's work and social life as depression, researchers report in the December issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry. In two large surveys, anxiety disorder was found to be "consequential in and of itself" whil
Nov. 19, 1999 (Cleveland) -- Focusing on improving interpersonal relationships, such as those with relatives and friends, could improve symptoms of social phobia, according to early results from a small study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry. Social phobia is cha
Does this scenario sound familiar? The boss says you need to do a presentation in front of some high-powered executives. A week later, you're facing 25 cold, stony faces. You begin to sweat. Your throat tightens and you feel like you're choking. Your heart is doing a tap dance against your ribcage.