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  1. Americans Pressed for Time but Fewer Stressed

    May 5, 2004 -- Nearly half of Americans feel they just don't have enough time in the day to do what they want in their lives, according to a new Gallup poll. But researchers say the results show that despite feeling pressed for time, fewer Americans say they're stressed out on a daily basis. The pol

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  2. How to Find a Therapist

    You need to find a therapist. Your life, your child, your marriage is suffering. But for many people, this task is daunting. There's the alphabet soup of PhDs, PsyDs, MDs, MSs, and MSWs, not to mention all the labels -- psychiatrist, psychologist, marriage & family therapist, family counselor, licen

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  3. Therapy Eases Hypochondriacs' Physical Pain

    March 23, 2004 -- How can patients be "cured" when they continue to believe they are seriously ill despite all medical reassurances and other evidence to the contrary? It's a question that has long stymied doctors who treat the one in 20 Americans with hypochondria. Now, a possible answer: Cognitive

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  4. Missing Brain Protein Tied to Panic Disorder

    Jan. 22, 2004 -- Panic disorder has now been linked to a missing protein -- a key component in chemical messaging in the brain, a new study shows. The study, which appears in this week's Neuroscience, sheds new light on the phenomenon of panic disorder -- the intensely fearful "out-of-the-blue" symp

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  5. Panic Attack Isn't Cowardice

    Army Sgt. Georg-Andreas Pogany didn't know what was happening to him. His head throbbed, Pogany told The New York Times and The Gazette of Colorado Springs, Colo. His chest ached and his stomach rebelled. He shook for hours with an overwhelming sense that he could die at any moment. Was it cowardice

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  6. Panic Attack Isn't Cowardice.

    Editor's note: On Nov. 7, 2003, Army officials reduced the charges against Sgt. Georg-Andreas Pogany to dereliction of duty. The cowardice charges were dropped, The New York Times reports. His military trial has been rescheduled. Nov. 6, 2003 -- A rare case of a U.S. soldier facing trial for being "

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  7. Parents Prefer Counseling Over Drugs

    Oct. 16, 2003 -- New research shows, most parents would rather send their children to a therapist than treat them with medications to relieve their anxiety. The survey shows that parents choose this option because they may be concerned about the potential side effects of medications used to treat so

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  8. Acupuncture Calms Mom's Stress, Anxiety

    Oct. 15, 2003 -- A parent's anxiety leaps when their child is going into surgery. But a new study shows acupuncture needles -- carefully placed around the mother's ear -- can decrease her anxiety. When moms are less anxious, there's less anxiety in children, experts say. Auricular or ear acupuncture

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  9. Unlearning Fear: Lessons From Mice

    Oct. 7, 2003 -- Dog bites man, and man fears dogs forever. But by putting man and dog in the same room for blocks of time, man may learn to get past his anxiety disorder. Among psychologists, the learning process that can occur to extinguish one's fear is known as exposure therapy -- exposing someon

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  10. Women: More Panic Attacks in Midlife

    Sept. 22, 2003 -- After age 50, a woman is at high risk for panic attacks -- especially if she has faced stressful life events and health problems. That's the finding from a new study in this week's Archives of Internal Medicine. Panic attacks are a distinctive form of anxiety more common in women t

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