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Health News - Anxiety

What's the difference between Valium and Xanax?
Valium and Xanax are both benzodiazepines. As sedatives, they have some uses in treating anxiety, but the two can cause slightly different side effects and interactions, and both can result in dependency and withdrawal. Learn more about the differences between Valium and Xanax here. (Medical News Today)

OCD: Brain mechanism explains symptoms
The largest study of its kind examines the brains of people living with obsessive-compulsive disorder and offers new insights into the condition. (Medical News Today)

Letter from the Editor: Love your mind
In this month's letter, Managing Editor Honor talks mental well-being during the holiday season. How does the MNT editorial team alleviate festive stress? (Medical News Today)

COPD and anxiety: Researchers test promising approach
People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can also experience severe anxiety. A new trial puts to the test an effective coping strategy. (Medical News Today)

Benefits of passionflower for anxiety and insomnia
People have used passionflower for medicinal purposes for centuries. In this article, learn how it may help reduce anxiety and improve sleep. We also cover the possible risks. (Medical News Today)

Foot massage techniques and benefits
Massaging the feet is an easy way to relax and help reduce aches and pains. In this article, learn about simple foot massage techniques that a person can carry out on themselves or others. (Medical News Today)

How to protect your mental well-being this festive season
Although many of us look forward to the holiday season, we know it can be a stressful time. Here, we offer some simple ways to reduce the stress. (Medical News Today)

What causes lightheadedness?
People who experience lightheadedness feel dizzy or faint. This sensation is particularly common after standing up too quickly. Learn about the other possible causes and treatment options in this article. (Medical News Today)

What are the health benefits of Thai massage?
Thai massage is an ancient practice wherein a practitioner will bend a person's body into different poses. Learn about the benefits and possible side effects of Thai massage, as well as what the research says about it, here. (Medical News Today)

Everything you need to know about anxiety medications
There are four major types of anxiety medication as well as other drugs that a doctor may prescribe off-label. Learn about how they work and the possible side effects here. (Medical News Today)

Unraveling the neural code of the anxious brain
By measuring the brain activity of participants across a series of days, scientists have encountered the neural signature of low mood in anxious brains. (Medical News Today)

Hyperventilation: Causes and what to do
Hyperventilation refers to fast breathing. The most common cause is fear or anxiety, but underlying medical conditions may also contribute to hyperventilation. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Treatments for anxiety
Anxiety disorders involve a disproportionate emotional and physical reaction to stressful or even neutral life events and daily living. Treatment for anxiety is normally effective, combining psychotherapy, medication, and self-management. (Medical News Today)

Spider phobia: Using the heartbeat to improve treatment
Computerized therapy of spider phobia was more effective when exposure to spider images occurred during, rather than between, heartbeats, a study revealed. (Medical News Today)

Scientists find brain area that inhibits fear
New research has revealed a brain region called the nucleus reuniens that is responsible for suppressing the fear response in rodents. (Medical News Today)

Mental health conditions on the rise among US students
New research examines the trends in mental health diagnoses among U.S. college students and finds significant increases in anxiety and depression. (Medical News Today)

What to know about anxiety
Anxiety is a normal emotion that causes increased alertness, fear, and physical signs, such as a rapid heart rate. However, when anxiety reactions become an on-going emotional state or out of proportion to the event that caused it, a person may have anxiety disorder. Read on to learn about the types and treatments. (Medical News Today)

What causes anxiety?
Anxiety is a normal emotion that causes increased alertness, fear, and physical signs, such as a rapid heart rate. What cause the normal reaction of anxiety to develop into an anxiety disorder? Read on to learn about the causes, risk factors, and diagnostic process. (Medical News Today)

How does stress affect the brain?
Stress can affect every aspect of our mental and physical health. A new study now shows just how exposure to stress can impact memory and brain volume. (Medical News Today)

Cannabis withdrawal can be 'highly disabling'
Cannabis withdrawal syndrome is real and can have 'highly disabling' effects — especially psychologically — warn the authors of a new study. (Medical News Today)

Does lavender really help with anxiety?
A study of mice reveals that the scent of linalool, a natural alcohol found in lavender, relieves anxiety through its effect on olfactory nerve cells. (Medical News Today)

Stressed at work? Transcendental meditation may help
A recently conducted randomized control trial has found that people who practice meditation are more resilient to stress and better at handling emotions. (Medical News Today)

Why is my tongue burning?
People may experience a burning tongue due to burning mouth syndrome (BMS) or a scald from hot food. Causes of BMS include nerve damage, underlying medical conditions, and habits, such as teeth grinding. It is possible to prevent some of the causes to minimize symptoms or stop them from reoccurring. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What tests are used to diagnose COPD?
As well as carrying out a physical examination and gathering a person’s medical history, doctors typically order one or more tests to diagnose chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These tests may include pulmonary function tests, blood tests, and imaging tests. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Can COPD cause anxiety?
People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may experience breathlessness. This physical symptom can trigger anxiety and panic in some people. Breathing exercises, medication, and other techniques can help people control these psychological symptoms. Learn more about COPD and anxiety here. (Medical News Today)

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