Posts Tagged: Stress

When the going gets tough the tough get going—to the mall.

A fascinating study by researchers at Michigan State U, and elsewhere, has thrown light on how materialistic people deal with uncertainty and stress. Apparently when the going gets tough, materialists go shopping, often spending compulsively. This leads to even greater stress, making a bad situation worse.… [read more]

You can get over extreme stress—if you’re a worm

In humans the consequences of extreme stress—and that includes many forms of workplace stress—can lead to the development of diabetes, cancer and heart failure as well as mental disorders such as depression, anxiety and PTSD. But there is good news—if you happen to be a round worm.… [read more]

Avoidance as a stress reducer

A beautiful, and counter-intuitive, study was been carried out at University of Toronto into effective stress-reduction techniques. The most successful anti-stress aid they found was avoidance. If you’ve got a work/life problem (for example a conflict between working late or saying ‘good night’ to your kid) which is causing you stress, just avoid thinking about it.… [read more]

Exercise makes the brain more resilient to stress

It’s long been assumed that exercise is a stress reducer, but it has never been proved scientifically. Now researchers at Princeton University have shown that there is a mechanism in the brain that explains the process. Their research was published in the Journal of Neuroscience.[read more]

Low sense of status at work may be a causal factor in Type II Diabetes

A really fascinating article in the latest edition of the journal PLoS Medicine details a study into the effect of socio-economic or employment status on the prevalence of type 2 diabetes. The researchers, using data from the on-going Whitehall II study of 10,000 British civil servants, came up with two rather surprising associations.… [read more]

Work Stress kills brain cells

It has been known for some time that workplace stress can lead to a number nasty ailments, including diabetes, heart disease and mood disorders (depression, anxiety and even PTSD). However we are only now discovering the ‘how’ of this process. A study published in the latest edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences goes a long way to explain what’s going on.… [read more]

Physicians don’t seem to want to hear about stress

A study by the American Psychological Association reported in the current edition of Monitor on Psychology indicates that doctors, by and large, are not prepared to listen to patients who think that stress may be part of their problem. I have observed this first hand in my work in hospitals.… [read more]