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  1. Record Anxiety Levels Over Terrorism

    Feb. 21, 2003 -- Look around you: Fights in hardware stores over duct tape. Cops patrolling Wall Street and Main Street in gear that looks like it came from an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. A new spike in anxiety, perhaps even in your own home, not felt since the nail-biting days of Sept. 11. Nearly

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  2. Anxiety, Aggression Gene Discovered

    Jan. 24, 2003 -- A genetic abnormality may help explain why some people are more prone to feelings of anxiety and aggression than others. Researchers say they've discovered a gene in mice that regulates levels of a chemical responsible for controlling anxiety, impulsive violence, and depression in h

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  3. War Talk May Cause Anxiety, Panic

    Jan. 22, 2003 -- Questions about war, terrorism, and the economy confront us every time we turn on the television or pick up a newspaper. And for certain individuals, these external crises can -- and will -- trigger internal crises, say leading psychoanalysts. "We are bombarded with news about crise

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  4. Drugs May Help Talk Therapy Beat Panic

    Jan. 22, 2003 -- Panic attacks sometimes come back after treatment. Now Italian researchers say they can stop panic relapses with a clever combination of drugs and psychotherapy. Panic disorder disrupts the lives of three in every 100 people. These people suffer sudden attacks of shortness of breath

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  5. Clearing Fear From the Mind

    -->Nov. 6, 2002 -- Banishing fears may be as simple as switching on the "all-clear" signal in the brain. Researchers say they've isolated a trigger in the brain that quells fear and could one day lead to new treatments for anxiety disorders. A new study shows that stimulating a particular area in th

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  6. Age of (Even More) Anxiety

    The D.C. sniper. Bioterror. West Nile virus. Sept. 11. War abroad; terrorism at home. The threats and traumas multiply, yet there's little we can do about them. It's the age of anxiety. It started building long before Sept. 11. A recent study showed that Americans reported much higher levels of anxi

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  7. Mice Reveal Key to Conquering Fear

    Oct. 16, 2002 -- Researchers say they've identified a unique molecular process in the brain of mice that's responsible for conquering fear. The finding could point to new treatments for anxiety disorders. The study shows that certain electrical switches in the brain, known as L-type voltage-gated ca

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  8. Childhood Growth Linked to Adult Stress

    Oct. 4, 2002 -- The smaller someone is at birth and as a young child, the more psychological problems that person might have as an adult. That's the finding of a new study that looked at thousands of people throughout their lives. Researchers already knew that low birth weight and poor weight gain a

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  9. Laid-Back Mice Provide Anxiety Clues

    Oct. 2, 2002 -- Some mice just naturally seem to deal with stress and anxiety better than others, and researchers say humans may soon benefit from this genetic quirk. A new study shows mice that lack a certain enzyme are much more sensitive to their own calming brain chemicals. And the authors sugge

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  10. Kids Afraid of Life

    It's not uncommon for kids -- as well as adults -- to be shy. They may be uncomfortable when meeting new people or being in new situations. But once they've gotten their feet wet, so to speak, they're usually fine. For others though, that initial feeling of discomfort never goes away and keeps them

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