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  1. 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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  2. Panic Attacks May Increase Heart Risk

    Oct. 1, 2007 -- Older women who experience panic attacks appear to have an increased risk for having heart attacks or heart-related death, new research suggests. Postmenopausal women in the study who reported at least one full-blown panic attack within six months of being interviewed were four times

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  3. The Truth About Phobias

    Weddings are generally joyous occasions, but not so for Marissa Wolicki, 25, of Toronto, Canada, who reluctantly attended one recently with her boyfriend. "All of a sudden, the room started to spin. I started to feel really nauseated. My heart went pound-pound-pound-pound. I grabbed my boyfriend's h

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  4. 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 Intern

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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