Constructive tips to help reduce stress caused by smartphones

There’s an increasing body of research that shows smartphones can interfere with our sleep, productivity, mental health and impulse control. Even having a smartphone within reach can reduce available cognitive capacity. But it’s recently been suggested we should be more concerned with the potential for smartphones to shorten our lives by chronically raising our levels […]

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Overweight kids actually eat less right after stressful events, suggest study

But overweight adolescents, considered particularly susceptible to stress eating, actually ate less when exposed to a lab stressor, and the foods they eschewed were the high fat and sugar options, according to a University of Michigan study. Even more surprising, kids who produced the most cortisol after the stressor saw the biggest appetite reduction, eating […]

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Some women could be more susceptible to PTSD than others, study finds

In a new study from the University of Missouri, researchers have proposed a solution to this mystery in the form of a model that could help psychiatrists better understand the far-reaching impacts of early trauma on women, while also clarifying why not all women with traumatic childhoods develop PTSD. Due to hormonal differences between the […]

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Could high levels of stress shrink your brain?

When we experience heightened levels of stress, our body produces the stress hormone cortisol in excess. This, in turn, produces symptoms such as poor sleep quality, weight gain, reduced skin healing, high blood pressure, etc. Researchers, in a new study, explored how excess cortisol may be tied to changes in our thinking ability as well. […]

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Loneliness: A public health risk that no one talks about

Marci O’Connor, a mother of two teenagers, struggles with her confident, independent self and recurring loneliness — feelings that psychologists say are increasingly posing public health challenges. O’Connor, 46, of Mont-Saint-Hilaire, 30 kilometres east of Montreal, Canada said loneliness snuck up on her after she moved away from her family to a predominantly French-speaking area. […]

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