February 15, 1999 |
For most people, the looming threat of the year 2000 computer glitch has spelled hassle. Fixing it has meant irritation, delays and expense. But for some people who suffer from anxiety disorders, the Y2K computer bug has created such fear that they need medical help. "The cardinal symptom of people who are anxious or depressed is excessive worry," said David Barlow, director of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. "We all worry to some extent, but the difference is that they worry continually and can't stop it. They focus on whatever is the worry of the day. "Y2K becomes prime territory for them to vent their pathology," he said.
November 16, 1995 |
Imagine being too afraid to open your front door and step outside. You choose, instead, to stay safely inside your own four walls for months, even years. This mental disorder, called agoraphobia, gets a credible portrayal amidst the Hollywood terror and gore of the current No. 3 box office draw, "Copycat. " Actress Sigourney Weaver plays criminal psychologist Helen Hudson, who has been too terrified to leave her apartment after being nearly slashed to death 13 months earlier by a serial killer.
September 17, 2006 |
In the 1960s, University of Pennsylvania psychiatrist Aaron T. Beck began to develop the theories and practice of a new branch of psychoanalysis known as cognitive therapy. Beck's more than 40 years of pioneering work at Penn is being honored today with the prestigious Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research. The Lasker awards are given annually for "stunning" achievements in basic and clinical research in medicine. The awards are often likened to Nobel Prizes and come with a $100,000 honorarium.
September 20, 1989 |
CANCER FEARS Whom and what can you trust? Sixty-two percent of 1,016 women surveyed nationally by Glamour magazine believe they'll someday learn that foods and drugs they're consuming today cause a disease such as cancer. Seventy percent think the government isn't doing enough to protect us. SPERMICIDE STUDY Women take note: The most widely used spermicide may not offer the best protection against sexually transmitted diseases. When it comes to protection against diseases such as herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea and AIDS, UCLA researchers concluded that octoxynol-9, the chemical used in Ortho-Gynol Contraceptive Jelly, and benzalkonium chloride, used only in Europe, are superior to nonoxynol-9, used in such products as Gynol II, Ortho-Creme and the Today contraceptive sponge.
July 20, 2002
Don't worry, be happy Whew, what a relief! Sure researchers won't change their minds? Oh goodness, this could be good news. Scientists from the National Institutes of Health have found a link between genetics and anxiety, according to a study published yesterday in the journal Science. It's the anxiety gene. Now we can better understand why some people seem so cool all the time, while others chew their nails raw over lost car keys or funny looks from strangers. Earlier studies had discerned that a short form of a gene called SLC6A4 is more prevalent in people who are dogged by anxiety.
February 22, 2013 |
Question: I grew up with a mother who was profoundly manipulative, volatile, and mean-spirited. My siblings and I all have anxiety disorders for which we have sought counseling. I have distanced myself from my mother and have a happy life with my husband and 4-year-old daughter. I have begun allowing my mother limited contact with my daughter out of my mother's desire for a relationship with her. I am comfortable with where the boundaries are, but my mother is not. She continually pushes to have my daughter for weekend visits (she lives several hours away)
February 29, 2012 |
ST. LOUIS - Caroll Marlow, 71, said she has been rescued from clinical depression by researchers at Washington University who want to help people older than 60. After more than 40 years of living with depression, she said, experiences and feelings that are routine for most other people are new for her. She goes to lunch to laugh with her sisters; she's closer to her children and friends. She dates her husband. And she found a job. "I love it; I work a swing shift and I just love it," she said.
June 29, 2012 |
For Kathy Tench, a 64-year-old Philadelphia charter schoolteacher, anxiety is the voice that comes nattering in the middle of the night. It might start with a stray thought after waking up to use the bathroom - "Why was I left out of that e-mail loop at work?" - and ramp up to a spiral of worry: Maybe they don't value my input. Maybe I'll be pink-slipped in the next round of budget cuts. Then how will I pay the mortgage? What if I can't retire at 70, as I plan? She sometimes lies there, obsessing, until dawn.
April 14, 1998 |
Medical advances Blood test helps to detect cancer Some cancer tumors can grow for years without being detected. Now, there's a highly sensitive new blood test that could help doctors find tumors sooner and improve monitoring of treatment, researchers say. It uses magnets to concentrate the cancer cells from blood and lasers to observe them. It was written about in yesterday's issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. So far, the test has been used on patients with breast and prostate cancer.
September 24, 1989 |
Workshops titled "Homelessness" and "Women and Poverty" are among 40 such sessions planned during the first countywide women's conference on Oct. 14, from 8:30 a.m., to 4:30 p.m., at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell. Grey Panthers founder Maggie Kuhn will give the keynote address. The daylong conference will spotlight three women who are to receive the "Women of Vision Award," for their commitment toward improving the status of women. The cost of the conference is $15, and pre-registration is requested.