The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Anxiety

Can Resveratrol Help Ease Stress, Anxiety and Depression?

Research in mice shows how resveratrol could help reverse the effects of stress and the consequent anxiety and depression that result.

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Anxiety

Benzodiazepine Dependence | A Hard Habit to Kick

Getting off benzos can be tough. Benzodiazepine dependence is more common than many people realize. Symptoms can be davastating. A SLOW taper is essential!.

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Alternative Health

Will Lavender Oil Ease Your Anxiety and Insomnia?

The scent of lavender oil can help reduce anxiety and overcome sleeplessness in people undergoing surgery. Might it help you too?

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Can Clonazepam Increase the Risk for Dementia?

People taking benzodiazepines like clonazepam for insomnia are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. Could benzos increase the risk for dementia?

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Alternative Health

Will a Whiff of Lavender Ease Your Anxiety?

Mice given a whiff of lavender rich in the compound linalool act less anxious without becoming uncoordinated.

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Anxiety

Will Fish Oil Supplements Ease Your Anxiety?

A systematic review of research shows that high-dose omega-3 fatty acid supplements may help ease your anxiety.

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Anxiety

Should You Stop Taking Your Sleeping Pills?

As you grow older, your sleeping pills may put you at risk for falls and confusion. Benzodiazepines should only be used for a short time, but too many seniors take them long term.

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Anxiety

Why Is Antidepressant Withdrawal So Hard?

Antidepressant withdrawal symptoms were not recognized for decades. Now the FDA requires a warning about "discontinuation syndrome." Are patients warned about this devastating condition?

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Alternative Health

How to Lift Worry Along with Weights

In randomized controlled trials, people who lifted weights or did other resistance training were also able to lift worry and anxiety.

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Anxiety

How Can You Help Kids with Anxiety?

Analysis of several studies shows that cognitive behavioral therapy is a good way to help kids with anxiety manage their symptoms.

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Anxiety

How To Stop Duloxetine (Cymbalta) Without Withdrawal Symptoms

If patients are prescribed one drug for anxiety, arthritis, depression, nerve pain or fibromyalgia they may not be told how to stop duloxetine (Cymbalta).

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Acid Reflux

Do Doctors Know How to Help Patients Stop Medications?

Have you ever been told how to stop medications? It is rare for health professionals to provide detailed withdrawal instructions. The FDA has not helped.

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Anxiety

Stopping Duloxetine (Cymbalta) Suddenly Flipped Her Out

It's easy to start taking a new medication. You just pop a pill in your mouth and hope for the best. For some, stopping duloxetine (cymbalta) can be tricky.

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Anxiety

Curcumin Eases Both Depression and Anxiety

Research demonstrates that either low-dose or high-dose curcumin extract can improve scores measuring depression and anxiety.

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Anxiety

Why Is Old Tranquilizer (Meprobamate) So Damn Expensive?

Tranquilizers and anti-anxiety agents have been big best sellers for the pharmaceutical industry. Why are they so popular and why are they so pricey?

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Anxiety

Sugar Eases Stress Response–No Wonder We Seem Addicted!

In a controlled trial, sugar-sweetened beverages calmed the stress response to a difficult cognitive task.

Anxiety

Anti-Anxiety Pills May Cause Confusion

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Anxiety

Sleeping Pills, Anti-Anxiety Drugs & Dementia

Sedatives and sleeping pills are taken by millions to calm nerves or sleep but do such drugs pose a risk for dementia? New research is worrisome.

Anxiety

Smiling Eases Stress