With NBA star LeBron James’ decision to take his talents to Cleveland, fans may see their emotions running high. These high emotions over James’ decision can be healthy, but they also can cause trouble.
Many of us merely note that tomorrow is Friday the 13th and will go on with our daily doings. But some people are so paralyzed by fear of the day that they do not venture outside their homes. Others will avoid making major financial or life decisions. They might, for example, avoid Friday the 13th when planning … Read More
Fibromyalgia is one of the most common reasons for chronic pain, affecting about 5 million Americans. It’s also one of the most misunderstood. The most common myth, doctors say, is that fibromyalgia is “all in your head.” “Many of those with fibromyalgia are afraid that the culture does not believe that fibromyalgia is a real … Read More
It’s normal for kids from preschool to high school age to experience some nervousness and anxiety early in the school year. As the early weeks unfold, most kids quickly gain confidence and settle into a routine. However, for some students — and their families — the anxiety continues to build. School-related anxiety and school refusal … Read More
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For some people, Friday the 13th is not just like any other day. Experts say more than 20 million people are afraid of this so-called “unlucky” day. It starts with superstition Clinical psychologist Scott Bea, PsyD, says there are a lot of reasons people fear Friday the 13th, but it starts with superstition. “People who … Read More
If your child has recurring stomachaches that can’t be traced to a physical cause — known as “functional abdominal pain” — a new study finds the child may be at higher risk for anxiety disorder as a young adult. The good news is that if your child has chronic stomachaches, there are ways to help … Read More
A new school year has arrived with lots of changes for kids — some exciting, some bewildering. Kids have a wide range of concerns about school and so do parents. Different ages, different worries Child psychologist Wendy Cunningham, PsyD, says there are many reasons for kids to get back-to-school jitters. Younger school children may be … Read More
The heart and brain do a lot of talking, and our emotional health can seriously impact the heart. We’re learning that anxiety can tax the heart. Specifically, high anxiety levels can cause an irregular heart beat and it’s a vicious cycle, as the more arrhythmia you have – it makes you more anxious. Cleveland Clinic’s Leo Pozuelo, … Read More
About 25 percent of 13- to 18-year-old children have generalized anxiety — that’s one in four kids. An even more alarming statistic: Generalized anxiety can start as early as preschool. And the problem seems to be on the rise nationally. We’re not talking about nervous-before-a-test anxiety, but anxiety that affects all aspects of life — … Read More
We know that there is a link between stress and heart disease. Evidence comes from the first Gulf War when there were spikes in heart attacks. Stress increases heart rate and blood pressure.