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Category : Anxiety

The Right Amount of Sleep for Your Best Reasoning, Problem-solving and Communication

Getting enough sleep is one of the main keys to good health, along with good nutrition and exercise, yet most of us do not get enough of it. In one national survey, nearly 30 percent of respondents reported getting less than an average of six hours of sleep per night. A new study looks specifically at the impact of sleep on cognitive ability.

World Kindness Day

On this World Kindness Day, Nov. 13, 2018, we take a look at some of the research showing how engaging in acts of kindness can benefit well-being. Engaging in acts of kindness is not only a good thing to do, but can actually help alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety, can improve workplace well-being, can be more beneficial to well-being than self-oriented actions, can reduce anxiety for socially anxious people, and can prompt others to engage in acts of kindness.

Pregnancy-Related Depression

Over the past few decades, a robust national conversation has been taking place about postpartum depression. We have paid less attention, however, to another equally important time when a woman is also more vulnerable to depression and anxiety disorders: pregnancy. A significant percentage of women—one out of seven to 10—will develop pregnancy-associated depression, with a slightly higher incidence in women from lower socioeconomic groups.

Emotional Support a Critical Part of Care for Breast Cancer Survivors

Women diagnosed with breast cancer not only face the physical challenges of the cancer and the treatment, but also often experience psychological distress and symptoms of anxiety and depression. As the American Cancer Society notes, some amount of depression, anxiety, and fear is normal, and some women are more affected than others.

Not Just a Problem at School: Sibling Bullying

Bullying refers to intentional behaviors that hurt, harm, or humiliate a person, either physically or emotionally. Much of the focus is on bullying in schools, but bullying can take place at home among siblings too and it can have a significant and lasting impact. However, sibling bullying is often seen as harmless by families and society, just part of growing up.