May 13, 1997 |
More than a third of women with a common heart disorder are misdiagnosed with anxiety, according to a study by researchers at Allegheny University of the Health Sciences. Only 4 percent of men in the study were misdiagnosed. The report is one more in a growing number that show doctors treat men and women differently. The study of a common type of arrythmia was made public last week at the annual meeting of the North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology in New Orleans.
April 30, 1998 |
A woman experiencing a bad bout of PMS-related anxiety may feel remarkably similar to a drug or alcohol addict quitting cold turkey. Neurologist Sheryl Smith of Allegheny University of the Health Sciences found that, in rats, hormonal shifts associated with PMS caused brain changes similar to those associated with withdrawal. Her findings are published in today's issue of the journal Nature. Scientists had for some time associated premenstrual syndrome with a monthly drop in the hormone progesterone, but Smith found a more complicated explanation for anxiety in the days around menstruation.
March 30, 2014 |
Scott Stossel, editor of the Atlantic magazine, is most terrified of vomiting. Though he hasn't spewed in more than 35 years, his fear of the act is extreme. A successful writer and married father of two, he carries airsickness bags wherever he goes and obsessively tracks stomach-virus outbreaks in fear of having to throw up. Emetophobia, or the fear of vomiting, may be Stossel's most extreme and long-standing worry. But he also becomes sweaty and squeamish at the thought of public speaking (glossophobia)
November 6, 2002 |
These are tough times for the born worriers among us, not to mention the typically calm. Terrorism alerts, sniper shootings, bombings, calls for war, anthrax and other biological threats - it's a wonder that anyone can get to sleep at night. Since 9/11, worry and anxiety have become a daily part of all of our lives. Unfortunately, it is affecting children as well, at a time when they should be carefree and feeling secure. To help individuals, families and professional counselors deal with anxiety, the Samost Jewish Family and Children's Service of Southern New Jersey and the Katz Jewish Community Center will cosponsor their fourth annual community conference Nov. 24 at the center, 1301 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill.
June 25, 2009 |
Dante Cunningham is blessed with a calm demeanor. But the Villanova basketball player admits that he's been a little anxious of late. Something about the uncertainty of where, or if, he'll be drafted in tonight's NBA draft will do that. "[The] last night, you are tossing and turning" in bed, Cunningham said yesterday. "You can't go to a team and tell them, 'Pick me here.' " Several mock drafts have the 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward going in the second round. DraftExpress.
October 4, 2012 |
La Salle University junior Raynita Williams was sure she had brought her smartphone to the store, but couldn't find it. "I felt anxiety," says Williams, 20, a communications major. "My heart was pumping. I started sweating. I yelled. I accused innocent people - strangers. " As her cyber life passed before her eyes, she contemplated what she would miss if her phone was, gulp, gone. "I thought about how was I going to get my numbers back. How was I going to get on Twitter? How was I going to get on Instagram?"
February 20, 1992 |
Because of the recession, eight million unemployed adults across the country experience anxiety, fear and frustration almost daily. The same signs of stress are appearing in children living in the economically depressed Bristol Township section of Bucks County, where many parents have lost jobs since the recent division closings at USX Fairless Hills. "The steel mill was a major employer (in this area)," said Samuel Savitz, guidance department chairman at Neil A. Armstrong Junior High School in Bristol.
September 20, 1994 |
Can it be that the very systems we employ to make us feel more secure also make us feel insecure and anxious? Mary Ann Laydon thinks so. Dr. Laydon is director of education at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Cognitive Therapy. "Living in a fortress carries a psychological price," Laydon says. "We are seeing many more people with anxiety problems today than in the past. " There is no doubt that Americans are scared. An article in the current issues of New Choices, a magazine targeted to retirees, contends anxiety about crime even pervades communities that have none at all. It describes the tiny town of Dime Box, Texas, where church suppers and porch swings are the big excitements.
January 26, 1989 |
Near the beginning of Living With High Blood Pressure (59 minutes, $34.95), we meet a succession of people who have had to alter their lives to accommodate the limitations imposed by hypertension. As these people recall the surprise and disbelief upon learning they had the disease, the viewer can catch a glimpse of that initial anxiety. It's an anxiety that only knowledge can lessen, and this well-produced videotape from Creative Street in Indianapolis is a step in that direction.
March 7, 1988 |
One of the least appealing new movie genres could be called the nightmare comedy, films that show a venture in which everything goes wrong. Examples include dating ("After Hours"), home renovation ("The Money Pit") and tourism ("National Lampoon's Summer Vacation"). It may be that this approach is so popular because people like to see their anxieties played out in a humorous way. If so, then the the latest entry in the field has picked the perfect subject. Offhand, I can only think of two activities that make the palms sweat as profusely as "Moving" - going to the dentist and giving a speech before a crowd of strangers.