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What’s the difference between Valium and Xanax?

What’s the difference between Valium and Xanax?

Valium and Xanax have uses in treating anxiety. Both are in a class of medications called benzodiazepines, which are sedatives. However, there are key differences in side effects and drug interactions. Here, we explore how these drugs work and compare their effects. Valium and Xanax are brand names for two types of medication for anxiety. […]

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OCD: Brain mechanism explains symptoms

OCD: Brain mechanism explains symptoms

A large review of existing neuroscientific studies unravels the brain circuits and mechanisms that underpin obsessive-compulsive disorder. The researchers hope that the new findings will make existing therapies more effective, “or guide new treatments.” New research analyzes the brain scans of almost 500 people to unravel the brain mechanisms in OCD. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is […]

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Letter from the Editor: Love your mind

Letter from the Editor: Love your mind

Fairy lights are gracing the shop windows and Michael Bublé is dominating the airwaves with his rendition of “Winter Wonderland.” The holiday season is well and truly in full swing. Taking some time for yourself can do wonders for easing holiday stress. “Are you all set for the holidays?” I’ve been asked this question three […]

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COPD and anxiety: Researchers test promising approach

COPD and anxiety: Researchers test promising approach

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease affects millions of people worldwide. Its main symptom is breathlessness, which can be distressing and causes many people with this lung condition to experience anxiety. People with COPD-related anxiety would benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy, a new trial finds. According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 3.17 […]

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Benefits of passionflower for anxiety and insomnia

Benefits of passionflower for anxiety and insomnia

Passionflower is a variety of exotic vine flower with curly purple or blue tentacle-like petals. One variety of passionflower, Passiflora incarnata, may help treat anxiety, insomnia, and pain. In this article, learn about the possible benefits of passionflower supplements, as well as what the research says about its effectiveness. What is passionflower? Passionflower supplements are […]

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Foot massage techniques and benefits

Foot massage techniques and benefits

At the end of a long day, many people enjoy giving or receiving a foot massage. Foot massage can aid relaxation and may relieve muscle aches. There are many ways to massage feet that are easy to try at home. This article gives step-by-step instructions for 12 foot massage techniques. Read on to find out […]

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How to protect your mental well-being this festive season

How to protect your mental well-being this festive season

A perfect world sees the holiday season filled with love, warmth, and happiness. However, more often, it is crammed with stress, exhaustion, and panic. Here, we offer some advice on how to bring a little calm back to the festive season. How can we avoid the stress of the festive season? I know it seems […]

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What are the health benefits of Thai massage?

What are the health benefits of Thai massage?

Many people believe that the health benefits of Thai massage include lowering stress, boosting energy, and improving athletic performance. Thai massage uses gentle pressure and stretching techniques to relax the whole body. This is an ancient healing practice that originated in India. It dates back to around 2,500–7,000 years ago. The technique that Thai massage […]

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Everything you need to know about anxiety medications

Everything you need to know about anxiety medications

The term anxiety encompasses feelings of worry, fear, and unease. Although it is normal to experience some level of anxiety at times, intense or persistent anxiety may be indicative of an anxiety disorder. According to several large surveys, up to 33.7 percent of people experience some form of anxiety disorder during their lifetime. Medications are […]

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Unraveling the neural code of the anxious brain

Unraveling the neural code of the anxious brain

For the first time, scientists have measured fluctuating deep brain patterns across a number of days. They caught a glimpse of the neural signature of low mood in anxious people. A recent study provides clues about how low mood develops in the brain. Although our understanding of neuropsychiatric conditions, such as anxiety and depression, has […]