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    1. Yet Another Antidepressant May Help Treat Anxiety

      June 5, 2000 -- Effexor is a relative newcomer to the ever-growing ranks of antidepressant drugs. Now, researchers have discovered that, like many of the newer antidepressants, it also may be effective for treating people with anxiety disorders. A recent study found that Effexor, in its extended-rel

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    2. Natural Anxiety Treatment May Work

      Feb. 25, 2000 (Lake Tahoe, Calif.) -- Kava, an extract from the root of the pepper plant Piper methysticum, has come a long way from the South Pacific, where it has been a staple of traditional medicine for centuries. Today in the U.S., kava is an herbal best seller, often taken for its relaxing pro

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    3. Taking On the New Year's Blues

      Dec. 30, 1999 (Atlanta) -- Optimism about the new year? Make that anxiety for some people -- especially this year. Behind the planned fireworks, champagne, and cruises to catch midnight, mental health professionals say the year 2000 is already taking a psychological toll on some people -- regardless

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    4. Panic Attacks More Common in Smokers

      Dec. 14, 1999 (Atlanta) -- If you think smoking calms you down, think again. A study of thousands of smokers shows that they are three times more likely than nonsmokers to have panic attacks and panic disorder. "We know already a whole lot about the effects of smoking on just physical health, and no

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    5. Increased Patient Education Lowers Anxiety Before a Medical Procedure

      Dec. 10, 1999 (Minneapolis) -- A new study shows that anxiety over a medical procedure can be significantly reduced by improved patient education prior to the procedure. Patients who watched a video prior to having a colonoscopy also were much more aware of the details of the procedure and had a qui

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    6. Anxiety Disorder Is as Common and Debilitating as Depression

      Dec. 8, 1999 (New York) -- Anxiety can have as much of a negative impact on an individual's work and social life as depression, researchers report in the December issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry. In two large surveys, anxiety disorder was found to be "consequential in and of itself" whil

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    7. Focusing on Relationships Helps People With Social Phobia

      Nov. 19, 1999 (Cleveland) -- Focusing on improving interpersonal relationships, such as those with relatives and friends, could improve symptoms of social phobia, according to early results from a small study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry. Social phobia is cha

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