‘Really’ stressed! Watch out your word selection as it may tell stress level

‘Really’ stressed! Watch out your world selection as it may tell stress level

People who claim to know enough about the behavioral and physical signs of stress have more to look beyond usual warning signs, like troubled sleep and restlessness. The choice of words during a conversation can also tell if a person is under stress, suggests a recent study. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in November 2017, saw researchers analyzing language patterns of 22,000 voice samples. Continue reading

Rush hour journeys may affect mental and physical health of commuters

Economic progress and technological advancements have drastically reduced the drudgery in every part of life, but the persistent problem of shortage of time has engulfed almost every professional across the globe. While trying to fulfill the demands of work and family, a person may feel angry, anxious or frustrated. With soaring cost of living, people tend to work longer hours, putting pressure on their health. Continue reading

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Your little help can stop someone from taking his life

There could be various reasons for harboring suicidal thoughts, but most of the individuals contemplating suicide either have previous complaints of depression or are reeling under unrelenting agony. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States with nearly 42,773 Americans ending their lives every year. Continue reading

Dealing with stress and its dangers

Just as stress and anxiety can cause a hormonal imbalance, so too can hormonal imbalances cause stress. An excess of a thyroid hormone can trigger panic attacks. Stress can also trigger excessive cortisol production which leads to further anxiety symptoms. Other natural causes such as menstruation, adrenaline release and pregnancy can also cause stress and anxiety. Continue reading

Identifying and treating PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) initially developed from the struggle of Vietnam War veterans suffering and coping with the psychological and physiological after-effects of combat. The National Institute of Mental Health describes PTSD as an anxiety disorder which develops after a traumatic event and it can be caused by various types of traumatic experiences. Child abuse, incest, domestic violence, exposure to death and dying, auto collision, repeated physical abuse, repeated mental abuse, medical complications and/or surgery are all situations which can result in PTSD. Continue reading