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Study identifies workplace stress as leading cause of mental disorders in employees

Study identifies workplace stress as leading cause of mental disorders in employees The lives of majority of the working professionals are defined by hectic schedules, strict deadlines, long working hours and lack of proper rest, nutrition and sleep. As a result, most of them end up suffering from mental ailments like stress, anxiety and depression. In this context, a recent Canadian study identified that workplace stress is the leading cause of mental disorders among employees. Nearly 78 percent of the respondents admitted missing work due to their underlying mental disorder, while 68 percent of the employees confessed being able to maintain their optimal performance for less than 70 percent of their workday.…

People with generalized anxiety disorders respond faster to heart attack symptoms, finds study

People with generalized anxiety disorders respond faster to heart attack symptoms, finds study People with anxiety disorders experience various emotions, such as dread, apprehension, restlessness, along with being constantly alert regarding a nonexistent threat. These emotions, which may not have any rational basis, can cause severe disruptions in an individual’s daily life functions. They also exert significant stress on the heart and increase the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). Surprisingly, these emotions may actually protect chronic anxiety-affected individuals who experience a medical emergency such as a heart attack. Researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Helmholtz Zentrum München (HZM) – the German Research Center for Environmental Health – used data…

Actress Busy Philipps is ‘proud to wear’ her anxiety around her neck

Actress Busy Philipps is ‘proud to wear’ her anxiety around her neck Actress Busy Philipps, the latest celebrity to open up about her struggle with mental illnesses, has taken a bold and unique approach to do so. As a way of helping people get rid of prejudices and the stigma associated with anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions, Philipps is literally “wearing” her anxiety around her neck so that people can take notice. In a recent post on social media, the “Cougar Town” actress was seen wearing a gold-plated necklace imprinted with the word “Anxiety.” Philipps highlighted the isolation and loneliness she experienced due to anxiety, particularly after the birth of…

Study on lab mice leads to discovery of specialized ‘anxiety cells’

February 19, 2018 Anxiety Treatment

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Study on lab mice leads to discovery of specialized ‘anxiety cells’ In the last few decades, significant advancements have been made in understanding the nature, causes and best practices for managing anxiety disorders. A sufficient body of research has provided evidence that both psychological and biological factors are involved in the etiology and maintenance of anxiety disorders. Despite this progress, a lot remains to be learned about these conditions, particularly related to their diagnosis and treatment. In the latest example of understanding the neurological basis of anxiety, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Columbia University discovered previously unknown, specialized brain cells in lab mice that appeared…

Father who strangled daughter with severe anxiety disorder gets 10-year sentence

Father who strangled daughter with severe anxiety disorder gets 10-year sentence Despite their best efforts, parents of children with chronic anxiety can themselves get trapped in a vicious cycle and sometimes resort to extreme measures. In one such tragic instance, a father strangled his teen daughter to death on July 21, 2017 because he had been at his “wits’ end for months and months” due to her severe anxiety disorder. On Feb. 5, 2018, the man was sentenced to a “hybrid” 10-year term which included detention at a psychiatric unit for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) before being moved to jail. Olivia Kray, the 19-year-old victim from Herne Bay, Kent…

Runner’s gastrointestinal problems linked to anxiety, says study

Runner’s gastrointestinal problems linked to anxiety, says study Most runners will, at some point during their training routines or actual races, experience one or more gastrointestinal (GI) issues. The frequency tends to increase with the intensity of running – longer and harder runs result in a higher prevalence of GI issues. Although past research has attempted to identify the causes of exercise-related GI problems, most of these analyses have focused on the physiological causes. A recent study published in the Journal of Sports Sciences in December 2017 suggested a direct link between runners’ GI problems and the levels of stress and anxiety in their daily lives. The study…

Singer Julia Michaels reveals her anxiety issues

Singer Julia Michaels reveals her anxiety issues An occasional bout of anxiousness is a normal part of life. Thus, anxiety is a mental condition that almost everyone experiences at some point in life, but at different levels. However, when one starts feeling an extreme and tenacious sense of worry and distress about the smallest of things of life, it is time to sit up and take some measures. In such a case, there is a high probability of one suffering from an anxiety disorder. Many a times, a traumatic situation or event can play an important role in developing anxiety disorder in an individual. For many, it…

Mental health training for managers can help improve employee well-being, suggests study

Mental health training for managers can help improve employee well-being, suggests study Employee well-being has taken on an entirely different meaning in recent times. It is no longer enough to offer weekly wellness initiatives or deliver annual health lectures. Companies have started incorporating comprehensive employee health promotion measures as part of their core strategies, especially since wellness programs are directly linked to higher work productivity and significant cost savings related to insurance and absenteeism. However, manager support is critical for the successful implementation of such programs. Many managers feel ill-equipped to deal with employee sick leaves, especially if they relate to mental illnesses. Basic mental health training for managers can significantly improve…

Morning sickness in moms-to-be linked to high levels of anxiety in expectant fathers, says study

Nausea and vomiting are among the first signs of pregnancy, affecting 70-80 percent of expectant mothers. Although episodes of vomiting are termed “morning sickness,” they can occur at any time during the day. A recent research by the Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Australia found significantly high levels of anxiety among expectant fathers whose partners experienced mild morning sickness or severe hyperemesis gravidarum (HG). As part of the study, published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology in July 2017, the researchers evaluated 300 expectant fathers’ awareness of pregnancy-related nausea/vomiting and its effect on the fathers-to-be themselves. The research…

Postpartum anxiety as common and distressing as postpartum depression

Compared to the more widely discussed condition of postpartum depression (PPD), severe anxiety after childbirth, known as postpartum anxiety (PPA), has received limited attention from the general population and the scientific community. The symptoms of PPD and PPA are similar, and chances are that someone with one condition may experience the other concurrently. PPA should not be mistaken for worries related to new motherhood – it is as severe a condition as PPD and can cause as much distress. For postpartum women who have never experienced anxiety before, the symptoms can be even harder to recognize. Indicative signs include worrying…
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