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Social anxiety has many signs and symptoms, but sometimes can be tricky to spot. Here is more on what signs to consider when diagnosing and exploring treatment options.
MRI scans show structural changes in the brains of adolescents who spend greater amounts of time on cell phones, video games. TVs and other screens. Researchers say these changes were associated with increased depression and anxiety.
A new study finds teens and young adults who vape experience more symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Mindfulness meditation classes reduced anxiety symptoms as well as a popular drug used to treat anxiety disorders, researchers say.
When it comes to mental health, men don't always seek help when they need it. But maybe they should.
June is Men's Mental Health Month, so here are the most common mental health conditions men experience, the symptoms that may differ in men vs. women and what resources are available for those seeking treatment options.
Many American women fear childbirth, and the COVID-19 pandemic did not calm those feelings, new research shows.
"Our results showed really high rates of childbirth fear in our sample," said Zaneta Thayer, co-author of a new study and an associate professor of anthropology at Dartmouth College in Hanov...
Americans are less anxious than they were in early 2020, at the dawn of the COVID-19 pandemic, but many still have anxiety about keeping themselves or their families safe.
In a new poll by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), 70% of U.S. adults reported being anxious or extremely anxious about keeping safe.
About 78% of adults expressed anxiety over inflation. About 70%...
The high cost of -- everything: Rising inflation rates are ramping up anxieties among some groups of Americans much more than others, a new study reports.
Women, middle-age adults and people with less education or lower pay are feeling much more stress over higher prices, as well as people who were previously married but are now widowed, divorced or separated, according to findings publi...
While people might assume suicide is more common in the darker months of winter, it actually peaks in spring and early summer.
Researchers investigating what's happening have found that suicidal thoughts peak in December but then take a few months to reach a “tipping point.” People are also most vulnerable to ending their lives between 4 and 5 a.m., according to a
There's a glimmer of good news when it comes to the mental health of America's adolescents: Visits to U.S. emergency departments for psychiatric troubles declined among kids aged 12 to 17 by the fall of 2022, compared to a year prior.
Overall, mean weekly adolescent emergency department (ED) visits for mental health conditions fell by 11% last fall, compared to higher levels in the fall o...
Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls are, but girls may be more likely to experience anxiety alongside the disorder than boys, new research reveals.
Anxiety tends to travel with autism, which is characterized by problems with social interaction, communication and behavior. About 1 in 36 kids in the United States has autism, according to the U.S. Centers f...
Half of U.S. parents think social media is bad for their kids' mental health, a new survey reveals.
The finding highlights growing concerns about how these platforms affect children's and adolescents' well-being, according to the On Our Sleeves Movement for Children's Mental Health, which had the Harris Poll conduct the survey.
The program encourages parents to help their kids by t...
Growing numbers of American kids and teens are cutting or burning themselves, banging their heads against walls, pulling out their hair and even trying to die by suicide.
But figuring out who is at highest risk for harming themselves has been a daunting challenge. Until now.
Researchers report they have developed risk profiles that can help doctors pinpoint which kids or teens are ...
Suicides among the youngest U.S. teenagers were rising for years before the pandemic — with school stress, social media and guns standing as potential factors, according to a new study.
Researchers found that between 2008 and 2018, the suicide rate among 13- and 14-year-olds nationwide more than doubled — from roughly two deaths per 100,000 teens in 2008, to five per...
A new study on veterans, gun storage and suicidal thoughts points to an urgent need for mental health and substance-related services, according to researchers.
The study from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research found that about 1 in 7 veterans with a firearm at home in Calif...
Dealing with discrimination at work -- from bosses or coworkers -- may be enough to send your blood pressure through the roof, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that among more than 1,200 U.S. workers, those who felt they often faced on-the-job discrimination were 54% more likely to develop high blood pressure, versus workers with little exposure to such bias.
Over eight year...
You had a rough day at work and got stuck in traffic on the way home, and suddenly your head starts pounding.
Stress headaches can be debilitating in the moment, but you don't have to suffer indefinitely.
If you're struggling with stress, you're not alone. More than one-quarter of adults in the United States reported they're too stressed ou...
The number of kids who attempted suicide using over-the-counter or easily accessible medications is up sharply, a new study shows.
This research spotlights a pediatric mental health crisis, said researchers from the University of Virginia Health System, who reviewed data on reported suicide attempts that were reported to the National Poison Data System in 2021.
“This significant i...
One in five people who die by suicide experienced intimate partner problems that included divorce, separation, arguments and violence, new research shows.
“I think people hear the term intimate partner problems and go straight to intimate partner violence. That is a component of intimate partner problems, but it's not just about violence,” said study author
With so many American kids and teens dealing with depression or anxiety, pediatricians are increasingly stepping in as mental health care providers. Now, a new study suggests they are doing a decent job -- but too few kids are being referred for talk therapy.
Researchers found that in cases where a pediatrician prescribed medication for a child's depression or anxiety, it was by and lar...
Deciding to go into therapy is a big move, one that people sometimes struggle with for a variety of reasons.
But now that you've realized therapy would be helpful for you, how to find a therapist? It's important to know what outcome you're hoping for and what you feel you need help achieving.
It will take a little research to determine which professionals your insurance will cover ...
In a disappointing finding, a new report shows that suicide rates in America are on the upswing again after a momentary, and minute, decline.
According to researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate increased from 10.7 people per 100,000 people in 2001 to 14.2 per 100,000 in 2018. The rate then dropped to 13.5 per 100,000 through 2020, but rose a...
Over the past few years the escalating opioid crisis has touched off a complex debate about how best to reign in suicide risk among patients who are prescribed the addictive painkillers.
The question: Could rapidly cutting back on legal opioid prescriptions help, or might patients' desperation over lack of access inadvertently drive up suicide risk?
You may be struggling with stomach pain and digestive distress without understanding why, thinking it might be something you ate.
Can stress cause stomach pain?
Stress, especially chronic stress, can indeed increase your risk for gastrointestinal (GI) problems.
“Stress and anxiety are common causes of stomach pain and other GI symptoms,”
Life isn't all fun and games for kids. They do a fair amount of worrying, too.
In fact, according to a survey of kids ages 9 to 13, a striking number, 86%, say they worry. More than one-third worry at least once a week.
School and friendship...
We know that stress can take a toll on the body, but many may not realize it can produce a rash.
“Stress can increase the level of the hormone cortisol, increasing inflammation in your body, which can lead to hives, acne, eczema, and hair loss, among other symptoms," dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Farhat said in...
The stress of caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease can take a toll on loved ones.
It's important for caregivers' own health and well-being to reduce that stress, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America says.
“Finding ways to manage and reduce stress is of paramount importance for every Alzheimer's caregiver — untreated stress over a prolonged period of time can lead to care...
Figuring out how stress affects your body can be a challenge, because the answer can depend on how stressed out you are, and for how long.
For instance, recent research has shown that low-to-moderate stress levels may actually be good for your ability to learn and apply knowledge. High st...
Imagine a perfect week at work. Everything runs smoothly, and you love your job. Sounds like a dream, doesn't it?
While those days are possible, work can also be a source of frequent and intense stress.
Let's face it, work stress is unavoidable.
In 2022, 83% of U.S. workers suffered from work-related stress and about 1 million Americans missed work each day because of stress...
Children should feel safe at school, but learning of a mass shooting — like this week's tragedy at Covenant School in Nashville — can threaten their sense of security.
For parents, it can be challenging to know what to tell them.
Two children's mental health experts from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas offer some advice.
Just as important as what's said is what n...
Children with mental health problems are flooding America's hospitals.
A new study of 4.8 million pediatric hospitalizations between 2009 and 2019 found that the number of acute care hospitalizations for kids with mental health problems increased significantly. In 2019, most were due to attempted suicides, suicidal thoughts or self-injury, researchers said.
"What we're seeing are mo...
People with irregular sleep patterns may face substantially higher odds of high blood pressure than those who stick to a schedule, even when they get the recommended amount of sleep each night, new research suggests.
The study, published Tuesday in the journal Hypertension, found people who slept in on the weekends or varied the times they went to sleep and woke up throughout the week wer...
Could inhaling a deep whiff of another person's sweat help ease crippling social anxiety?
Quite possibly, new Swedish research suggests.
The notion stems from a trial that involved just 48 women. All struggled with what's known as social anxiety disorder — an often intense and relentless fear of being watched or judged by others when participating in common social situations....
In yet another sign of the stress that can haunt gay, lesbian and bisexual youth, a new study finds that compared with their straight peers, they are twice as likely to report trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.
Depression and family conflict may be contributing to sleep issues in young LGBTQ people, the researchers noted.
“Young people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisex...
For depressed or anxious children, taking melatonin may afford a good night's sleep and, as a result, lower the odds they will harm themselves, new research suggests.
The risk of self-harm increased before melatonin was prescribed and decreased by about half after kids started taking the supplement,
Anxiety disorder can make it hard to navigate life, but lately CBD has been touted as a natural treatment for the nerve-wracking condition.
You can buy CBD almost anywhere -- gas stations, spas, farmers markets and grocery stores. It comes in many forms -- from gummies to tablets to tinctures to lozenges and patches.
But is CBD good for anxiety?
Here, experts share their thou...
Endless worry, irritability and insomnia are all symptoms of a possible anxiety disorder.
Luckily, there are numerous anxiety medications that can help ease the condition.
Joy Alonzo, a specialist in the pharmacotherapy of mental disorders at Texas A&M's College of Pharmacy,
Lots of folks gained their COVID weight during the housebound months of the pandemic, and now those extra pounds are weighing heavy on many, a new survey shows.
Nearly a third (29%) of just over 1,700 adults surveyed in December 2021 said COVID-19 made them more worried than ever about being obese, according to findings published recently in the journal
That road noise outside your window could be wreaking havoc on your blood pressure.
A new study published March 22 in JACC: Advances found that the roaring engines, blaring horns and wailing sirens can themselves elevate high blood pressure (hypertension) risk, aside from questions about the impact of air pollution.
“We were a little surprised that the association between...
Anxiety disorders are no small matter, but knowing which symptoms point to trouble may help you navigate your intense fears and worries.
First, you are not alone: Anxiety disorders are estimated to plague nearly 40 million people in the United States each year, according to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America...
Sometimes an anxiety disorder feels like worry and ruminating about lots of little and big things.
Other times it's focused on a specific phobia, such as a fear of flying or being in social situations. It can also be expressed as intense feelings about separation from loved ones.
What's clear is that someone experiencing anxiety disorder symptoms isn't alone. About 40 million Ameri...
Anxiety attacks can seem overwhelming when you're in the middle of one, but with the right coping tools you can come out the other side.
What is an anxiety attack?
According to the Detroit Medical Center, an anxiety attack is a stretch of time during which you experien...
Like humans, some dogs suffer from anxiety. They might show fear or excitability toward strangers. Loud noises might result in "accidents." They may get destructive when you leave home.
The cause of their distress could lie in their brain makeup, researchers from Ghent University in Belgium say.
For the study, published March 15 in PLOS ONE, res...
You may have heard of postpartum depression and “the baby blues,” but did you know that there's another widely studied mental health condition called postpartum anxiety?
Dr. Erica Newlin, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Westlake, Ohio, said in a
For some children, it can be hard when mom or dad leave them at daycare, school or even just with the other parent.
It's normal for small children to feel some separation anxiety.
But it can be more concerning when a child doesn't outgrow these feelings or feels them very intensely. This significant fear is known as Separation Anxiety Disorder (SAD).
“It's rare that separ...
A new review of 137 studies from around the world has found that, despite dramatic stories about COVID-19's impact on mental health, the psychological fallout from the pandemic has been less intense than thought.
“Mental health in COVID-19 is much more nuanced than people have made it out to be,” said senior study author
A new poll on sleep and mental health has found that more than 90% of adults who reported they get good sleep were also free of depressive symptoms.
In its annual poll, the nonprofit National Sleep Foundation (NSF) focused this year on the impact of sleep on mental health because of the current mental health crisis in the United States.
"In the day-to-day execution of our sleep he...
Have you ever been in a social situation where you felt nervous? Maybe starting a new job caused you to sweat a lot on your first day. Or going to a party where you didn't know anyone gave you a nervous stomach.
These are normal feelings that most people experience at different times in their lives.
But social anxiety is a much different experience. It can be debilitating and inter...
Black women who are exposed to certain forms of racism may be more likely to develop heart disease, researchers say.
Specifically, Black women who said they faced discrimination in employment, housing and in their interactions with the police were 26% more likely to develop heart disease than their counterparts who had not experienced such structural racism.
Structural racism refers...
For decades, people turned to cigarettes in times of stress. Now, a preliminary study hints that young people are using vaping in the same way.
The study, of nearly 2,000 U.S. teenagers and young adults, found that those who vaped nicotine or marijuana were more likely to report anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts. In fact, a majority of vapers said they'd suffered anxiety or depress...
Work isn't always easy, but sometimes it becomes almost unbearable.
You might experience a constellation of symptoms, including emotional exhaustion, a reduced sense of personal accomplishment and cynicism, which affects how you interact with others in the workplace.
This is a condition known as burnout and though it's not listed in the diagnostic manual used by psychiatrists, it i...
A lot of people are dealing with anxiety, depression or just general unhappiness.
Worry, sadness, restlessness, irritability and trouble sleeping are just a few symptoms of depression and
When depression hits, everyday activities like working, socializing, sleeping and even eating can become a daunting challenge.
George Mason University clinical psychologist James Maddux treats patients with clinical depression in his practice. He said, “The problems with both depression and anxiety are the result of...