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    Media Focus on Obesity May Backfire for Some Women

        By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter Copyright © 2014 HealthDay.    THURSDAY, Jan. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Feeling a little fat after the holidays? Beware. Reading a news story that seems to devalue people who are overweight might make you more likely to reach for snacks to soothe your anxiety.      Media stories that focus on topics such as the financial impact of obesity on society or the importance of better self-control for weight loss could spur weight gain among women, a small new study of college students contends.   When women who considered themselves overweight read news articles that appeared to put down overweight people, they…

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    Keeping cheer through the holidays

        The holiday season is a festive time to celebrate, enjoy family and be thankful for those things in life that we sometimes take for granted.   Written by  Tom Watkins Filed Under Opinion Columnists     But along with this joyous time comes two major issues that affect so many people — stress and depression. We tend to put so much responsibility on ourselves during this time of year with holiday parties, buying gifts, cooking, cleaning, entertaining family, decorations, not to mention the everyday tasks of work and family life. So, when do we have time to take a mental break? The answer is … we don’t. The…

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    Tips for Reducing Stress as We Enter the Holiday Shopping Season

            The holiday shopping season is just around the corner, and if the past is prologue, then many Americans' stress levels will soar during the next couple of months. Who wouldn't want less stress during the holidays? Below are some tips and insights to keep stress down. Research tells us that about half of consumers will experience increased stress related to holiday shopping. But the cause isn't that consumers hate to shop for gifts. Rather, it's shaky personal finances. The state of consumers' finances is a big issue. The National Financial Capability Study found that roughly 60% of consumers report that, month after month, they find it…

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    7 Ways To Make Your Summer Buzz Last All Fall

    Sunday, Sept. 22 marks the official start of Fall, meaning it's once again time to trade in swimsuits for cozy sweaters and iced teas for Pumpkin Spice Lattes. But instead of mourning the end of carefree summer days, triggering a case of the September blues, try taking some of the health- and happiness-boosting summer habits with you into Autumn. We tend to think of the summer season as a time to take a break from the stressors of work and everyday life, enjoying opportunities to rejuvenate with leisure activities and time outside. But there's no reason that all needs to end when Fall rolls around. You don't have to lose…

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    When School Makes Kids Anxious

      Back-to-school jitters are normal, but it's important parents know when a child's anxiety is something more serious. By Dr. Sanjay Gupta   When School Makes Kids Anxious  Heading back to school can be stressful for children, especially younger ones separated from their parents for the first time and kids changing grades or schools. Periods of stress are normal, but research shows that children with excessive anxiety may miss out on valuable social experiences or perform poorly in the classroom. Parents need to know the difference between back-to-school jitters and more serious anxiety disorders. “School-based anxiety can go under the radar for parents because the child isn’t causing any problems…

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    How I Reduce the Summer Stress

    The kids are home, everyone wants to get together, and you’re expected to have fun, fun, fun. Here’s how an ADHDer can stay sane. Absent-Minded Superhero Summer for ADHD Kids, Travel and Vacation Tips Friday June 28th -Guess what, folks? Summer is here. I know that for some of us that calls for a celebration and for some of us it calls for extra meditation. I’m the latter. I can track my sanity level as it slowly descends through the hot summer months. Summer means loss of structure and lots of change — especially if you have children who are suddenly home, making noise and wanting to eat five times…

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    Managing traumatic stress: Tips for recovering from disasters and other traumatic events

      Disasters are often unexpected, sudden and overwhelming. In some cases, there are no outwardly visible signs of physical injury, but there is nonetheless a serious emotional toll. It is common for people who have experienced traumatic situations to have very strong emotional reactions. Understanding normal responses to these abnormal events can aid you in coping effectively with your feelings, thoughts and behaviors, and help you along the path to recovery. What happens to people after a disaster or other traumatic event? Shock and denial are typical responses to traumatic events and disasters, especially shortly after the event. Both shock and denial are normal protective reactions. Shock is a sudden…

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    Why Apologize?

      By Noah Berlatsky butapa / flickr Discussions of social science research often seem to tell us more about how we like to think about social science research than they do about anything else. That was certainly the case for a report on NPR this week about apologies. In the broadcast, anchor Steve Innskeep and reporter Shankar Vedantam framed the discussion as shocking new information for parents — going so far as to lightly suggest that parents should send their kids away from the radio (causing my nine-year-old to look at me conspiratorily.)

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    Stress in America survey exposes gaps in health care system

    When it comes to stress management and wellness, there is a gap between what Americans want from their health care system and what they actually get, according to a new survey released last week by the American Psychological Association.         By Public Relations staff Feb. 14, 2013 — Psychological Association (APA).Findings from Stress in America™: Missing the Health Care Connection, which was conducted online by Harris Interactive among 2,020 U.S. adults in August 2012, suggest that people are not receiving what they need from their health care providers to manage stress and address lifestyle and behavior changes to improve their health.

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    Valentine’s Day Depression (How To Deal with it!)

    Valentine's Day is around the corner and I'm already super depressed. I am single and have been valentine-less for four years now. I just want to crawl under the covers and pretend like this day doesn't exist. I'm a total romantic at heart and I don't know how to not get down around this holiday, any suggestions?" – Valentine-less, 28, Atlanta   Dear Valentine-less, I really do understand that Valentine's Day can be a rather cruel holiday for single people who long for love. You can't even go into the drugstore to buy a tube of toothpaste without being overwhelmed by red heart shaped boxes and teddy bears that say…