Anxiety Symptoms: 10 Common Signs To Watch Out For


According to Statistics Canada, anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental health disorders in the country and is usually chronic and generally lasts at least six months.If left untreated, anxiety can get worse over time and people may not feel comfortable doing day-to-day routines like going to work or openly communicating with their partners.

While there are several symptoms of anxiety, Masand says they can be broken down to psychological and physical ones. Everything from irregular sleeping patterns to constantly fearing something in your life may be signs of anxiety disorder.

Masand says there are also several misconceptions about anxiety in the medical world. He believes not all forms of anxiety can be harmful, but rather they can help us stay focused and productive when we’re dealing with fears, for example. People suffering from anxiety, however, are also aware of the stigma. Telling someone to“calm down” or relating to them with your own stress, can all be viewed as annoying and unhelpful to someone with anxiety.

Anxiety Symptoms: 10 Common Signs To Watch Out For.

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 Symptoms | Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA

 Stress and anxiety: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia



Addiction Starts With Overcorrection in the Brain

| Psych Central News

When drugs and alcohol release unnaturally high levels of dopamine in the brain’s pleasure system, oxidative stress occurs in the brain, according to scientists from Brigham Young University.

“Addiction is a brain disease that could be treated like any other disease,” researcher Scott Steffensen, Ph.D., said. “I wouldn’t be as motivated to do this research, or as passionate about the work, if I didn’t think a cure was possible.”

During their research, Steffensen and his collaborators found that the brain responds by generating a protein called brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). This correction suppresses the brain’s normal production of dopamine long after someone comes down from a high. Not having enough dopamine is what causes the pains andanxiety of withdrawal, according to the researchers.

Addiction Starts With Overcorrection in the Brain | Psych Central News.

Boys’ And Girls’ Brains Are Different: Gender Differences In Language Appear Biological


Researchers have long agreed girls have superior language abilities to boys, but haven’t clearly provided a biological basis to account for their differences. In unambiguous findings, researchers now show both that brain areas associated with language work harder in girls during language tasks, and that boys and girls rely on very different parts of the brain when performing these tasks. Language processing is more abstract in girls, more sensory in boys.

Boys’ And Girls’ Brains Are Different: Gender Differences In Language Appear Biological — ScienceDaily.

11 Common things you hear about Mental Illness are Myths…

Huffpost Living, Canada

In Canada alone, 20 per cent of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), so one way or the other, the rest of us will experience it indirectly. Even though the dialogue for mental health has become increasingly open — Bell’s Let’s Talk Day, for example, started a Canada-wide campaign to end stigmas associated with mental illness — it also means we hear a lot more myths about what it means to be mentally ill.

“Believing these myths leads people with depression, for example, to blame themselves, family members or others around them,” says Dr. Prakash Masand, a psychiatrist and president of Global Medical Education. Masand adds many people with depression are untreated and not seeking help, which can lead to worse outcomes. Mental illness does not have one single definition either. Whether it is depression or bi-polar disorder or ADHD, all of which have very different diagnoses. Causes also vary from person to person and include genetic, biological, personality related or environmental factors. CMHA identifies  that almost fifty percent of people who go through anxiety or depression do not ever go to see a doctor.

Mental Illness Myths: 11 Common Things You Hear About Depression, Bipolar Disorder And ADHD.

Several types of talk therapy, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, can be just as effective as medication in treating depression and anxiety disorders.

Several types of talk therapy, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, can be just as effective as medication in treating depression and anxiety disorders. Courtesy: Huffpost Living, Canada

10 ways to reconnect with nature this autumn

BBC Nature

Studies suggest we are becoming disconnected from wildlife, and losing the benefits. So how can we get back to nature this autumn?

Autumn offers a range of wildlife treats; leaves changing colour, explosions of fungi, migrant birds such as waxwings and swans arriving, collecting conkers, watching starlings’ mesmerising murmurations to name a few.

Studies suggest such interactions can improve our mental function, reduce aggression and alleviate depression.

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I guess Project Wild Thing is my journey to understand what the brand product benefits are of nature and then communicate those to parents and children.”

David Bond, filmmaker

In 2012, a study showed that people scored 50% better on a creativity test after spending four days backpacking disconnected from electronic devices, according to US-based psychologists from the University of Utah and University of Kansas.

But you don’t have to be in a wilderness for nature to have an impact. A simple walk in the park to enjoy the leaves changing colour during a lunch break can be beneficial.

BBC Nature – 10 ways to reconnect with nature this autumn.

Social Rejection Triggers Release of Natural Painkillers in the Brain


University of Michigan Medical School has found that the body produces natural painkillers in response to social rejection, just as if it had suffered a physical injury (Hsu et al., 2013). The lead author, Assistant Professor David T. Hsu, explained:

“This is the first study to peer into the human brain to show that the opioid system is activated during social rejection. In general, opioids [are] released during social distress and isolation in animals, but where this occurs in the human brain has not been shown until now.”

Social Rejection Triggers Release of Natural Painkillers in the Brain — PsyBlog.

Ballet dancers’ brains adapt to cope with dizziness


A new study on the brains of dancers may provide a breakthrough in the treatment of chronic dizziness.

The study examined how ballet dancers deal with dizziness, and it suggests their brains are different. Turns out, the dancers’ brains adapt over time to be resistant to dizziness. The cerebellum, a part of the brain important for processing signals related to dizziness, was found to be smaller among dancers when compared with non-dancers.

“It seems it is training related, rather than something that dancers are born with,” the study’s lead researcher, Dr. Barry Seemungal, a neurologist at Imperial College, told As It Happens co-host Carol Off from London, England.

Ballet dancers’ brains adapt to cope with dizziness – CBC News – Latest Canada, World, Entertainment and Business News.

Teaching Kids Mindfulness Improves their Attention

| Psych Central News

University of Cambridge researchers Dominic Crehan and Michelle Ellefson discovered mindfulness training helps children focus and deal with distractions.

“Mindfulness involves paying attention in a particular way – on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally,” explained Dominic.

“It has been shown to reduce levels of stress and depression, and to improve feelings of well-being, but to date researchers have not established a link between mindfulness and attention skills in children.”

The researchers recruited thirty children (girls and boys aged 10 to 11 years old) to take part in a mindfulness course as part of their school curriculum.

Teaching Kids Mindfulness Improves their Attention | Psych Central News.

Kids of working mothers just as successful as those at home with mom…


An analysis of six studies looking at 40,000 children over the last 40 years found there was no link between mothers continuing their careers and children achieving less at school or misbehaving.

But the latest research by Heather Joshi of the University of London’s Centre for Longitudinal Studies found children born since the mid-1990s whose mothers worked during their early years fared just as well as those whose mothers did not.Studies had shown that children born to career mothers in the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s did not perform as well, with their literacy and numeracy skills about two percent lower.

Kids of working mothers just as successful as those at home with mom, study finds – The Globe and Mail.