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  1. 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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  2. How to Conquer Your Fear of Flying

    Mary Avis had been a white-knuckle flyer for years. But on one fateful flight from Virginia to Boston several years ago, her fear finally took complete control. Although the weather was clear and the flight was smooth, Avis panicked. "I was sure that if I stood up, the floor would collapse and I'd f

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  3. Anxiety Disorders May Up Physical Woes

    Oct. 23, 2006 -- Anxiety disorders may make certain physical health problems more likely, a new study shows. Anxiety disorders "should be considered an important public health problem," write the researchers. They included Jitender Sareen, MD, FRCPC, of Canada's University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. I

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  4. Panic Disorder Often Undertreated

    Sept. 15, 2006 -- Many people with panic disorder may not be getting top-notch treatment from their primary care doctors. So say Peter Roy-Byrne, MD, and colleagues in The Lancet. Roy-Byrne works in the psychiatry and behavioral sciences department at the University of Washington School of Medicine

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  5. Recognizing Childhood Depression and Anxiety

    Depression in children is an increasingly recognized problem. Learn the symptoms of childhood depression.   Sometimes kids get sad. They may act depressed. Most kids get over the worst of these symptoms in a couple of days. Some don't.   Parents, if they know to look, can tell the difference, says M

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  6. Is Dread Driving Your Decisions?

    May 4, 2006 -- Dread may drive decision-making, but you may be able to regain control of the steering wheel. Emory University neuroscientist Gregory Berns, MD, PhD, and colleagues gave mild foot shocks to 32 people in an experiment about dread. "Some individuals dreaded the outcome so much that, whe

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  7. Anxiety at Work: A Career-Busting Condition

    Katrina Gay always worried about her on-the-job performance, but she used the anxiety to her advantage by pushing herself to produce quality work. After the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, however, she felt a little less in control. "I would wake up in the middle of the night and my heart would

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  8. Under Pressure: What Is a Panic Attack?

    A man in his mid-40s is rushed to an emergency room. He is sweating, his heart is racing, and he can't catch his breath. He and his wife are convinced he is having a heart attack. He could be-only, this time, the ER doctors tell him his heart is just fine. What he's having is a panic attack. Though

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  9. Self-Injury: One Family's Story

    Dawn was a junior in high school when her secret was discovered - she was practicing self-harm, she was cutting herself. That was eight years ago. Today, Dawn is nearly 25, and has transformed herself and her life. She has focused her career goals on helping others with emotional problems. Dawn and

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  10. Study Links Anxiety, Nervousness to Suicide

    Aug. 10, 2005 -- In a Swedish study, people who reported feeling anxious and nervous were more likely to attempt suicide in the next five to 10 years. The study included more than 34,500 men and women living in Sweden. Researchers asked if they were bothered by anxiety, nervousness, or uneasiness --

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