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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. 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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  3. Best Ways to Ease Anxiety Disorders

    Feb. 3, 2006 -- Meditation may ease anxiety among people who suffer from anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). But a new study suggests meditation isn't necessarily better than other types of relaxation techniques at treating anxiety disorders. Researchers reviewed two st

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  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. Clue to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

    March 31, 2006 -- Scientists report that a certain gene variation is nearly twice as common in people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) as in people without OCD. The gene variation "exerts a moderate effect on risk of OCD," write Xian-Zhang Hu, MD, PhD, and colleagues in The American Journal

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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