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Therapy May Not Be the Answer to Your Mental Health Woes

Clinical psychologist Emily Edlynn says venting to a professional might not be for everyone

(Newser) - If you've been having a hard time dealing with life's stresses or anxiety, or even loneliness, making an appointment with a therapist might seem the reasonable thing to do. Not so fast, advises Emily Edlynn, a clinical psychologist who cautions that therapy shouldn't be the default for...

FDA: LSD Is Now a Breakthrough Therapy

Mind Medicine's anxiety-treating MM120 granted designation ahead of Phase 3 trials

(Newser) - The FDA has bestowed breakthrough therapy status on an LSD formulation found to relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression with a single dose. Mind Medicine's MM120 (lysergide d-tartrate) is used to treat generalized anxiety disorder. Twelve weeks after receiving a dose in a Phase 2 trial, 48% of patients...

Odd Hack for Panic Attacks Goes Viral on TikTok

And experts agree: Sucking on sour candy can help tamp down on anxiety

(Newser) - If you've ever found yourself on the cusp of a panic attack —rapid heart rate, sense of doom or danger, shortness of breath, dizziness—a TikTokker seems to have found a possible solution. "My therapist told me to eat a Warhead whenever I'm feeling a panic...

Task Force Issues 'Call to Action' on Anxiety Screening

Panel says all adults under 65 should be screened

(Newser) - The influential US Preventive Services Task Force has issued a final recommendation for all American adults under 65 to be screened for anxiety, even if they are not showing symptoms. Dr. Wanda Nicholson, vice chair of the panel of public health experts, tells NBC that the move is a "...

On 'Defining Public Health Issue of Our Time,' a Warning

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says social media is driving depression, anxiety in teens, kids

(Newser) - Few parents love seeing their kids hunched over their phones, scrolling like zombies through TikTok videos or Instagram posts, and a new warning from the nation's top doctor isn't about to alleviate those feelings. Per NBC News , Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has issued a new report on youth...

These Simple Exercises Treat Anxiety as Well as Drugs Do

Mindfulness practices also associated with fewer adverse events, research shows

(Newser) - For the first time, research has shown that low- or no-cost mindfulness exercises can be just as effective at treating anxiety as medication. A study published in November in JAMA Psychiatry shows those instructed to become aware of one's breath, focus on different parts of the body, and move...

How Acts of Kindness Help Heal Depression
How Acts of Kindness
Help Heal Depression

How Acts of Kindness Help Heal Depression

Unlike some therapeutic techniques, it relieves symptoms and boosts social connection: study

(Newser) - People experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression will likely feel better in performing acts of kindness for others, which distract from their own feelings, new research shows. "Social connection is one of the ingredients of life most strongly associated with well-being," study co-author David Cregg, a PhD candidate...

Young NBA Draft Pick Retires: 'Darkest Times of My Life'

Tyrell Terry, 22, 2020 draft pick for Mavericks, says severe anxiety made him lose his love of the game

(Newser) - In 2020, Tyrell Terry was drafted by the NBA's Dallas Mavericks with the 31st overall pick, after playing one year for the Stanford Cardinal team as a guard. Now, following just two years in the pros, the young basketball player is retiring, saying he's lost his love of...

Panel: Most Adults Should Get Screened for Anxiety

Recommendation for all adults under 65 comes after pandemic toll on Americans' mental health

(Newser) - In April, the US Preventive Services Task Force recommended health screenings for kids and teens ages 8 to 18. Now, the independent panel of experts is making that same call for all adults under the age of 65, in what HealthDay News notes is a nod to the fact that...

Screen All Kids 8 and Up for Anxiety, Says Influential Panel

The US Preventive Services Task Force is out with its recommendations

(Newser) - The US Preventive Services Task Force is out with a draft of its new guidelines, which are open to public comment before likely being finalized later this year, and one headline-grabbing recommendation states that all children ages 8 and up should be screened for anxiety. Kids who have anxiety that...

Did You Feel Dizzy After J&J Shot? CDC Says It Knows Why

Clusters of adverse reactions in 5 states caused by anxiety, not vaccine itself, agency says

(Newser) - Dozens of people who got the COVID vaccine from Johnson & Johnson in early April, at five mass-vaccination sites in five states, reported fainting, breaking out into a sweat, dizziness, nausea, and lightheadedness afterward, among other side effects. The incidents, which took place between April 7 and April 9, led...

For Many Survivors, COVID Is the Curse That Keeps on Giving

1 in 3 patients get other diagnoses, including psychological and neurological disorders

(Newser) - One in three COVID-19 patients were diagnosed with a neurological or psychological condition within six months of infection, according to a new study hoping to lay out a treatment plan as we move forward through the pandemic. University of Oxford researchers analyzed the health records of more than 236,379...

Our Email Use Is 'Literally Inhumane'
Our Email Use Is
'Literally Inhumane'

Our Email Use Is 'Literally Inhumane'

Cal Newport argues we need alternatives to constant work messaging

(Newser) - You hear a ping and look down at your phone to see that you have another email on top of hundreds still unread. If you immediately feel anxious, Cal Newport understands. The professional world has embraced email to such a degree that it now relies on near-constant communication at the...

Psilocybin May Ease Anxiety for a Surprisingly Long Time

Cancer patients still feeling positive effects almost 5 years later

(Newser) - About five years ago, a study found that cancer patients who took one dose of the compound found in magic mushrooms had much less anxiety. A followup study suggests the psilocybin's effect is still in place, reports NBC News . The study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology suggests that psilocybin...

How Russia Is Getting Its Cows to Chill: VR Headsets
Yes, This Is a Cow
in a VR Headset

Yes, This Is a Cow in a VR Headset

Russian initiative says VR headsets reduce bovine anxiety, may boost milk production

(Newser) - We imagine when cows dream, they must dream of lazily idling in sunny green pastures. On one Russian farm, a virtual reality experiment is being conducted in the hopes that such visions can help cows pump out more milk. The Moscow Times reports that a regional agricultural administration has fitted...

Research Claws at 'Crazy Cat Lady' Stereotype
Research Claws at
'Crazy Cat Lady' Stereotype

Research Claws at 'Crazy Cat Lady' Stereotype

It suggests cat owners are no more anxious, depressed than others

(Newser) - Roughly half of Americans buy into the "crazy cat lady" stereotype, generally believing cat owners to be single women surrounded by numerous balls of fur, according to a 2015 survey spotted by the Los Angeles Times . It's a long-standing idea, as evidenced by an 1872 editorial in the...

This Might Be This Summer's Earworm
This Might Be This
Summer's Earworm

This Might Be This Summer's Earworm

'I Don't Care' features Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran, and critics like it

(Newser) - Ever felt socially awkward at a soiree? What the Guardian calls the "most surefire pop hit of the year," featuring "two seismic stars, one super-producer, and a chorus that only leaves your head after surgery," may speak to you. The stars: Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber....

Lena Dunham: I Got Addicted to Anxiety Med
Lena Dunham:
I'm 6 Months Sober

Lena Dunham: I'm 6 Months Sober

'Girls' star got addicted to Klonopin

(Newser) - Lena Dunham is six months sober after getting addicted to the anxiety medication Klonopin, People reports. The Girls star said during an appearance on Dax Shepard's podcast that her anxiety and PTSD got so bad she easily found a doctor to prescribe the drug. "I was having crazy...

The 'Magic' in 'Shrooms Could Really Help You
The 'Magic' in 'Shrooms
Could Really Help You
new study

The 'Magic' in 'Shrooms Could Really Help You

New study says it can serve medicinal purposes

(Newser) - Want to quit smoking or alleviate depression? In a few years you might be taking the psychedelic "magic" in magic mushrooms—if the FDA ever agrees, the New York Times reports. Researchers from John Hopkins University suggest the FDA should reclassify psilocybin—the psychedelic drug in hallucinogenic mushrooms—to...

ER Doc Mocks Man During Anxiety Attack: 'He Must Be Dead!'

Beth Keegstra will no longer be contracted to work within the El Camino Hospital system

(Newser) - An ER doctor announcing you're one of the "least sick of all the people" sounds like good news, but in the case of Samuel Bardwell, it was a callous statement made while he was suffering a full-blown anxiety attack. Now Beth Keegstra, 57, the contracted physician who tended...

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