Category Archives: Stress

A vaccine for stress

There is a very nice article on stress in Wired Magazine. It provides a nice summary of Sapolsky’s research on stress as well as various treatment methods. The new twist, for me anyway, is that Sapolsky is working on a vaccine to inhibit the damaging effects of stress on the body and brain.

Are Sleep Problems Symptoms or Causes of Emotional Disorders

In a thought provoking article, Sleep study at Pitt is a researcher’s dream job, in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the role of sleep in mental health is explored. Some of the many interesting points from the interview of Dr. Anne Germain are: “…there is growing evidence that sleep problems are actually the cause of many psychological […]

More From the News

Two new articles of note: First, Charles M. Blow, in the New York Times, writes about two 11 year old boys who recently suicided.  It is thought that being bullied at school played a major role in their separate decisions to end their lives.  A very moving and thought provoking article.  You can read it […]

Updates on Anxiety in the News

First, under the category of ‘you’ve gotta be kidding me,’ the Chicago Tribune reports that “The conclusion in recently released Justice Department memos that CIA interrogation techniques would not cause prolonged mental harm…”  Torture does not cause prolonged mental harm.  This definitely is one of the things that makes me go hmmm…. For the whole […]

No One Knowingly Errs

In the very first post on this blog, I wrote: "Actions based on anxiety are often regrettable." That may be true, but someone experiencing intense anxiety or a panic attack feels under great pressure to do something, anything to relieve the anxiety and improve their situation. Nevertheless, actions born from anxiety often have poor or […]

More on the biology of stress

This is a brief follow-up to my fourth post on anxiety: “Biological Aspects of Stress and Anxiety.”  In researching for the next topic for the blog, I ran across a video about Robert Sapolsky, the author of  Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers.   The video is short but makes a dramatic point about the effects […]