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  1. Coping With Anxiety

    Divorce, layoffs, threat of terrorism -- there's plenty of anxiety around for everyone these days. And very often, the source is something we can't change. How do you know when it's time to get help dealing with your anxieties? To better understand the underpinnings of anxiety -- and how to better c

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  2. Kava for Anxiety: Is Short-Term Use Safe?

    May 14, 2009 -- A water-soluble extract of the plant kava was found to be safe and highly effective for the short-term treatment of anxiety in a new study. But concerns about its long-term safety and the safety of other kava formulations remain. A decade ago, kava supplements were a popular alternat

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  3. Medication for Anxiety Helps Older Adults

    Jan. 20, 2009 -- Medication for anxiety is "modestly beneficial" for very anxious older adults, according to a new study, but it takes four weeks or so to work. Researchers looked at one specific drug, Lexapro, part of a class known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), to see if it co

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  4. Child Anxiety: Therapy Plus Zoloft Best

    Dec. 24, 2008 - Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and Zoloft are effective treatments for childhood anxiety disorders -- but the combination works best, a government-funded study shows. Anxiety disorders and social phobias limit the lives of at least one in 10 children. Yet up to half of these kids

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  5. Antipsychotic Drug May Ease Anxiety

    Sept. 4, 2008 -- Seroquel XR, an antipsychotic drug approved to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, may ease generalized anxiety disorder, new research shows. Seroquel XR (the "XR" stands for "extended-release") is approved to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Its maker, the drug compa

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  6. Beyond 'White Coat Syndrome'

    When Dorothea Lack was a little girl, she hid under a doctor's desk to avoid a vaccination. Undaunted, the doctor crawled under the desk and vaccinated her then and there. Lack said the incident provoked a fear of doctors that followed her into adulthood. "I didn't feel I could trust them," says Lac

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  7. Lower Your Stress, Spare Your Heart

    March 31, 2008 (Chicago) -- Here's another reason to learn relaxation techniques. Researchers have found that lowering or keeping anxiety levels in check dramatically cuts the risk of heart attack or death in people with heart disease. In a study of more than 500 heart patients, those who reduced or

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  8. The United States of Anxiety

    By Lauren Iannotti It's the most common mental illness in America. One worrywart stares down her (and our) tendency to fret. Actually, much of the country does — anxiety disorders affect nearly 40 million Americans. Author Patricia Pearson explores our national epidemic in her new book, A Brief Hist

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  9. Talk Therapy Curbs Panic Disorder

    Jan. 17, 2008 -- A 12-week course of talk therapy may help curb the often debilitating symptoms of panic disorder -- including intense fear, chest pain, heart palpitations, and shortness of breath. The new findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association in Ne

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  10. Conquering Fear of Public Speaking

    Steve Tingley’s promotion came with a new duty he dreaded. When the 52-year-old was appointed director of media services for a Madison, Wis., insurance company, he was expected to make presentations to other divisions and outside groups. “I’d break out in a sweat, get very nervous, stutter on the st

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