Anxiety

The Last Election Raised Americans’ Stress to an All-time High

“For 10 years, the APA [American Psychological Association] has been running its “Stress in America” survey, usually finding that stress is caused by three primary factors—money, work, and the economy… “…In the study, respondents with incomes below $50,000 reported higher stress levels than those with higher incomes. “…over the course of the decade,  psychologists found that stress in …

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Children do Better at School If Parents Stress KINDNESS over ACHIEVEMENT

HEALTHY VALUES Affluent teens fare better when their parents emphasize kindness and other prosocial values at least as much as academic achievement, finds a study in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence. Researchers studied 506 teens at a predominantly white, upper-middle-class middle school, asking them about their perceptions of what their parents value most, as well …

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THE CHALLENGE TO PAXIL

Michael Yapko, a psychologist in North County and one of the country’s best respected hypnotists, had this to say in his recent newsletter: THE CHALLENGE TO PAXIL:  SAFE AND EFFECTIVE FOR ADOLESCENTS? NOT SO MUCH… In 2001, a major study reported in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry indicated that Paroxetine (most commonly known …

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6 Out of 100 Teens Used a Prescription For a Mental Health Issue Last Month – 9% diagnosed with ADHD!

Approximately 6% of US teens report psychotropic medication use, which is to say drugs for some mental health issue. Using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), investigators led by Bruce Jonas, PhD, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), found that among US noninstitutionalized …

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Exercise is as good or better than SSRI Medication for Common Depression!

Research has once again confirmed that persons suffering from most common forms of depression are helped as much by regular exercise as they are by  SRRi anti-depressants.   In fact, people who exercise regularly are less likely to suffer relapse after 10 months (a return of the depression), compared with people who take the pills. …

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Best Book This Year: Daniel Kahneman: Thinking, Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow is a must read for those interested in how our minds work. Kahneman is most famous for receiving the Nobel Prize In Economics for his work on Behavioral Finance, quite an achievement for a non-Economist. His recent books gives formal shape and systematizes the paradigm-shift from our cultural understanding of …

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