Tips to overcome “I do not know what to say” syndrome

Tips to overcome “I do not know what to say” syndrome

We have all been there. That awkward moment when we suddenly run out of words on a first date or while meeting someone for the first or second time. This can happen to anyone and there is nothing wrong about it, but going blank repeatedly could have a serious bearing on one’s personal as well as professional progress. This might be indicative of an underlying anxiety disorder, which should be addressed to ensure that the conversations do not stall and uncomfortable silences do not take over. Read more

Psilocybin relieves anxiety and depression in advanced cancer patients

Psilocybin relieves anxiety and depression in advanced cancer patients

Cancer is one of those diseases that cripples hope and kills the patient’s will to live. Probably, that is the reason why with cancer comes anxiety and depression. A study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology  in December 2016, reported clinically significant anxiety and/or depressive symptoms are prevalent among 30-40 percent patients in hospital settings. Furthermore, these symptoms have detrimental effects on the overall treatment outcome due to problems like medication non-adherence, poor quality of life, reduced social activity, increased pain, higher medical costs, increased disability, increased desire for hastened death, hopelessness, increased rates of suicide and decreased survival rates. Read more

Extended test timing does not help students with ADHD, finds study

Extended test timing does not help students with ADHD, finds study

Many medical experts advocate the need to provide test accommodations, such as extending test timing and offering frequent breaks, for the children affected by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Recent studies done on them, however, suggest that the extra time offered to the ADHD students in tests may not be very effective in improving their performance or test taking skills.

According to a study, published in Learning Disabilities-A Multidisciplinary Journal, both extended testing time timing or frequent breaks did not help much the students with ADHD in performing better on a standardized test compared to others. One potential reason identified by the researchers could be that the ADHD-affected students lack the understanding of how to effectively utilize such accommodations. Read more

Attachment anxieties in early years can strain relationships

Attachment anxieties in early years can strain relationships

Human beings are social animals; seeking companionship and forming societies are what defines us as a race. Since the dawn of time, humans have been able to attune themselves to those whom they feel connected to and in the process, become dependent upon the relationship.

This need for companionship or for attachment start right from childhood. It is natural that the moment a baby is born, its survival instinct creates a biological need to attach to someone who can provide it with care and comfort. How this need is met has a decisive impact on the interpersonal character of the child as an adult. Lack of attachment during childhood can lead to anxiety that might have detrimental effects on a child, the effects of which can significantly be prevalent during adulthood as well. Read more

Helping someone deal with anxiety disorders

Helping someone deal with anxiety disorders

It is normal to be anxious when faced with a problem at work or school, or while making an important decision. But, there are some individuals who experience a constant feeling of distress which interferes with their day-to-day activities. This could be a sign of a more serious condition called anxiety disorders. When someone experiences severe anxiety, he or she might feel distraught by the unpleasant feelings that can be overwhelming. Read more