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October 1, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Higher Stress During Mid-Life Is Associated With Greater Memory Decline In Women

October 1, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Stress is on the rise for women and it can lead to a host of health problems over the lifespan including depression, anxiety, obesity, and Alzheimer’s disease, an incurable brain disorder that destroys memory and the ability to perform simple tasks. Women, in fact, are more likely than men to develop Alzheimer’s disease. At first, researchers thought this was because women lived longer than men, however, more and more research is pointing to other factors, including stress. [More]

August 23, 2019
by Tina Arnoldi

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WHO Reclassifies Burnout as a “Syndrome”

August 23, 2019 08:08 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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Burnout is a word commonly thrown around. People are burned out from work and family obligations. Burned out from media consumption. Burned out from commitments. World Health Organization (WHO) updated its definition for the ICD-11 to identify burnout as a “syndrome”, tying it to "chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed." [More]

July 30, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Women With Dissociative PTSD Have Higher Levels Of Stress Hormones

July 30, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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“The neuroendocrine system, which produces cortisol, plays a significant role in stress responses,” study author Dr. Yang Li told us. “When stress occurs, cortisol is released and fights off stress. Oxytocin can help the cortisol levels return to the normal level. If these two hormones work well and interact well, women will be more likely to be resilient when traumatic events happen. Otherwise, if these two hormones do not function well and interact well, women will be more likely to develop PTSD after exposure to traumatic stress events. Childhood trauma is the root of problem, as it causes damage to the two stress-related systems.” [More]

May 28, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Why Do Some Children Develop PTSD While Others Do Not?

May 28, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study from the University of East Anglia, published in the Journal of Psychology and Psychiatry looked at how common post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is in children and adolescents in the initial weeks and months following a trauma. “Why do some young people show no clinically significant PTSD symptoms early on,” study lead researcher, Dr. Richard Meiser-Stedman told us, “while others show a significant reaction?” [More]

May 7, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Findings Explain Why Exposure Therapy For PTSD Might Not Work For Everyone

May 7, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Traumatic experiences create long-lasting memories that can negatively impact our lives in a myriad of ways. A common treatment to overcome fear is called exposure therapy, or fear extinction, where patients are repeatedly confronted with the source of the fear. This typically is effective at dampening the fearful response, however, the original fear tends to relapse outside of the clinic, limiting the effectiveness of the treatment. Anthony F. Lacagnina and fellow researchers at the University of Texas at Austin wanted to know how the brain changes to adapt to extinction training, and what happens when relapse occurs. [More]