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For those not familiar with the practice, meditation might easily be written off as something a little too “out there.” But data shows that the use of meditation is growing among Americans. According to a 2007 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, 9.4% of the 23,393 sample group polled reported using meditation in the previous year, up from 7.6% of those polled in 2002. Now new research from UCLA showing how meditation may strengthen the brain might just push a few more to try it.
New data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 88 children is identified as having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects people who have experienced traumatic events and the symptoms can interfere with daily life. Natural disasters, combat situations, physical or sexual assault, and witnessing crimes are all traumatic events that, in some cases, result in PTSD.
In our modern world, stress can become a way of life. The American Institute of Stress manages a list of over 50 common symptoms of stress, including jaw clenching, insomnia, chest pain, social withdrawal and hives. Everyone has experienced how stress and its symptoms can interfere during a hectic day.
Though surely around for as long as man has encountered trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was not recognized by the American Psychiatric Association until the third edition of the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) was published in 1980.
It may seem fairly typical when adolescents hit the teen years and begin experimenting with risky behaviors such as smoking, drinking and eating more junk food. It may seem like teenage rebellion that isn't uncommon; but new research shows that not only are these teens choosing unhealthy lifestyle options, they are also far less happy.
The detrimental effects of stress and depression have long been evident: heart problems, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, immune system problems and a host of other health issues. While many of these effects are acutely felt by the sufferer, many more go unseen.
On the morning of Feb. 27th, a child walked into a school cafeteria and opened fire. The violence, which has left at least 3 dead, has shaken the small town of Chardon, Ohio.
A competitive heart and entrepreneurial spirit were paramount to the creation of our country, continuing to drive us in many facets of life. But could a passion for competition cause us to be unjust?
All of us feel sad from time to time, but true clinical depression brings with it a host of other symptoms, including anxiety, poor sleep, difficulty concentrating and memory problems.