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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Fewer Panic Attacks With Talk Therapy

    March 7, 2005 -- People get fewer panic attacks when they get talk therapy as well as drug treatment. The therapy -- a simplified version of a psychotherapy known as cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT -- took only six, hour-long sessions over 12 weeks. Since many panic-attack patients do not ever s

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  5. Phobias May Put Women's Hearts at Risk

    Feb. 1, 2005 -- Women who suffer from anxiety disorders may be more likely to die of heart disease than other women without such fears and anxieties, according to a new study. Researchers found that women with high levels of anxiety from phobias and other persistent sources of anxiety had a 59% high

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  6. Holiday Survival for the Ultra Shy

    From surviving small talk with Aunt Mary on Thanksgiving to sidestepping the mistletoe at the office Christmas party, shy people may view the holiday season as a daunting obstacle course. If you're one of them, you're in good company. According to surveys by the Shyness Research Institute at Indiana

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  7. Social Phobia? Drugs, Therapy Work Equally Well

    Oct. 4, 2004 -- For relief from social phobia, antidepressants or talk therapy will work equally well. Combining the therapies, however, does not provide any greater benefit, new research shows. In the U.S., social phobia is a widespread problem -- one that leads to suicide attempts, numerous health

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  8. Alternatives for Mood Disorders

    There's growing evidence that caviar, exercise, SAM-e, even meditation can help ease mood disorders. Sounds like more fun than antidepressants -- but psychiatrists don't take it lightly. In fact, some are concerned. People who rely on alternatives too much -- who don't get treatment that is proven t

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  9. Hope and Hurricanes: Emotional Survival Tips

    Last year's Gulf Coast hurricanes are a ruthless reminder of nature's power. Every year, the names change, but the devastation doesn't. Although hurricanes come and go, the destruction they often leave behind can haunt lives and regions for weeks, months, and years afterwards. "The end of the storm

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  10. New Insights on Anxiety, Sleep Disorders

    Aug. 18, 2004 -- Millions of people are affected by anxiety and sleep disorders. Now, researchers may be one step closer to understanding -- and eventually resolving -- these complicated conditions after studying a newly discovered brain protein.   The protein is called neuropeptide S, and it "poten

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