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  1. Worried Sick? Help for Hypochondria

    According to his doctor, Rich David is a healthy 32-year-old man. Yet for years, David has believed otherwise.  All it takes is a swollen gland or an upset stomach to set him off. Immediately, he assumes -- he knows -- that he's fatally ill. "I'll waste days researching gruesome cancers on the Inter

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  2. Anxiety Disorders Common, Untreated

    March 5, 2007 -- Nearly one-fifth of patients in health clinics may have anxiety disorders, and many of them aren't getting help for their anxiety disorder, a new study suggests. Anxiety disorders go beyond normal anxiety or fear. Here's how the National Institute of Mental Health describes common t

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  3. Got a Phobia? Hormone May Help

    March 30, 2006 -- The hormone cortisol may help defuse phobias, new research shows. A phobia is a persistent, excessive fear of a specific object or situation. Scientists recently studied two small groups of people with phobias. One group feared public speaking; the others were extremely afraid of s

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  4. Chronic Stress May Boost Anxiety

    April 17, 2006 -- Being stressed out for a long period of time might increase anxiety, a new study shows. The study, published in Behavioral Neuroscience, lays some of the blame on stress hormones. Those stress hormones -- such as cortisol and corticotropin-releasing hormone -- can help respond to a

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  5. Best Ways to Ease Anxiety Disorders

    Feb. 3, 2006 -- Meditation may ease anxiety among people who suffer from anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). But a new study suggests meditation isn't necessarily better than other types of relaxation techniques at treating anxiety disorders. Researchers reviewed two st

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  6. Anxiety Often Missed in Elderly

    May 22, 2006 -- Anxiety may affect twice as many older adults as depression , according to new research. Researchers say generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) may be the most common mental disorder among the elderly, although little is known about how to treat the disorder among older adults. "Studies

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  7. Fear of Public Speaking Hardwired

    April 20, 2006 -- Fear of public speaking strikes some people harder -- and differently -- than others, according to a new study. The study shows that those who suffer most over speaking in public get more anxious -- not less anxious -- as their presentation gets under way. And when it's over, inste

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  8. Your Child and Anxiety: School Stress Starts Early

    Call it pressure. Call it great expectations. Whatever its name the result is the same: school stress. It starts as soon as kindergarten. It turns play into competitive sport. It turns the joy of learning into a struggle to excel. It turns friends into social connections and charitable acts into a l

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  9. Fear of Public Speaking Hardwired

    April 20, 2006 -- Fear of public speaking strikes some people harder -- and differently -- than others, according to a new study. The study shows that those who suffer most over speaking in public get more anxious -- not less anxious -- as their presentation gets under way. And when it's over, inste

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  10. Elderly Mental Health Problems Often Missed More

    May 22, 2006 -- Anxiety may affect twice as many older adults as depression, according to new research. Researchers say generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) may be the most common mental disorder among the elderly, although little is known about how to treat the disorder among older adults. "Studies h

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