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Hints on overcoming speech anxiety

It’s something many of us face at some point in life, and something we tend to dread: speaking in public.
There are ways to help handle that stage fright, however.
Staff Writer Bernie Delinski talked with Stephanie Montgomery, a speech instructor at the University of North Alabama, about tips on containing speech anxiety.
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College Mental Health

Across the country, students are preparing to start or return to college. This is an exciting time, though for some it’s overwhelming and stressful. Depression, substance use and eating disorders are increasingly common mental health issues on college campuses. According to a recent survey, the rate of students reporting ever being diagnosed with depression has increased 56 percent in the last six years, from 10 percent in spring 2000 to 16 percent in spring 2005.
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Ways to Reduce Dental Anxiety

BOSTON, Aug. 13 — For some people, the fear of visiting a dentist outweighs the pain of a toothache. But putting off that visit almost invariably leads to more advanced oral health problems and lengthier, more complex procedures. What many people don’t realize is that they can work with their dentists to learn about and implement anxiety- relieving strategies, according to Dental Health for Adults: A Guide to Protecting Your Teeth and Gums, a new report from Harvard Medical School.
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How To Choose A Competent Therapist

By Dave Turo-Shields, ACSW, LCSW
Dave Turo-Shields, ACSW, LCSW is an author, university faculty member, success coach and veteran psychotherapist whose passion is guiding others to their own success in life.
“I received a disturbing email this week. It’s one of many on the same theme which I have received over time, so I knew it was time to address this issue. Here’s the story.
A young lady’s boyfriend went to see a doctor for depression. She shared with me that the doctor apparently said he has “Level 8 Depression” and that he spends too much time with his girlfriend. The girlfriend states she sends him daily emails for support of his depression and they date on the weekends and that’s it. She wanted to know my opinion…”

Unhappy Past? Forget About It!

WASHINGTON – Researchers have confirmed what common wisdom has long held — that people can suppress emotionally troubling memories — and said on Thursday they have sketched out how the brain accomplishes this.
They said their findings might lead to…

Physical Problems And PTSD

Among 896 men and women who survived a 2000 explosion at a fireworks depot that killed 23 people and injured about 1,000, those who developed PTSD symptoms were more than twice as likely to have vascular problems years later, such as…

Big News For People With RLS

REYKJAVIK, Iceland, July 18 — A major symptom of restless legs syndrome has been associated with a genetic variation on chromosome six, two research groups reported.
The variation has been linked to about half the risk of one of the major symptoms of restless legs syndrome, defined as the periodic limb movements in sleep that are commonly but not exclusively seen in RLS, according to Kari Stefansson, M.D., Ph.D., of deCODE Genetics here.
Using genome-wide association scanning to study patients with RLS, Dr. Stefansson and colleagues found that…

The Gregarious Brain

If a person suffers the small genetic accident that creates Williams syndrome, he’ll live with not only some fairly conventional cognitive deficits, like trouble with space and numbers, but also a strange set of traits that researchers call the Williams social phenotype or, less formally, the “Williams personality”: a love of company and conversation combined…