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Anxiety & Panic Disorders Health Center

News and Features Related to Anxiety & Panic Disorders

  1. Cortisol May Help Reduce Some Phobias

    March 28, 2011 -- An extra dose of the stress hormone cortisol may help reduce stress-inducing phobias like the fear of heights, a study shows. Cortisol is a hormone released by the brain in response to stress and has long been thought to play a role in memory and learning. In the study, people who

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  2. Talk Therapy May Help Treat Social Anxiety

    Feb. 22, 2011 -- A 12-week course of talk therapy, when used to treat social anxiety disorder, produces changes in the electrical activity of the brain, according to new research. The findings appear in Psychological Science. Symptoms of social phobia or social anxiety disorder include anxiety and s

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  3. Did Facebook Trigger an Asthma Attack?

    Nov. 18, 2010 -- Can Facebook actually trigger asthma attacks? A case study out of Italy suggests it’s possible. Reporting in the Nov. 20 issue of The Lancet, researchers led by Gennaro D’Amato, MD, of High Specialty Hospital A Cardarelli in Naples, Italy, discussed symptoms experienced by an 18-yea

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  4. Anxiety May Increase Risk of Heart Disease

    June 23, 2010 -- Anxiety disorders significantly increase a person's risk of developing heart disease and also raise the odds of suffering a fatal cardiac event, two new studies suggest. The first study, by Annelieke M. Roest, MSc, of Tilburg University in the Netherlands, combined data from 20 stud

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  5. Is It Really Depression?

    This sad, hopeless feeling just can't go on. It's affecting your job, your life. It seems like depression. But could it be something more? Many people with depression also experience some degree of anxiety - anxiety that goes beyond the typical tension we experience when we face life's challenges. F

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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