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Anxiety and aggression in young boys may increase due to low iron levels

Iron deficiency and low blood levels of Vitamin B12 in small boys may be associated with behaviour problems, such as anxiety and aggression, when they get in middle school, according to a new study. The findings showed that iron deficiency, anaemia and low plasma vitamin B12 levels in boys at around age 8 were associated with 10% higher mean scores on externalising behaviours such as aggression and breaking of rules. Iron deficiency was related to an adjusted 12% higher mean on internalising problem scores like anxiety and depression. “Some parts…

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11 easy ways to tackle night time anxiety

We’ve all been there. After a long, tiring day all you want to do is crawl into bed and fall straight to sleep… Only it seems your mind has other plans. Instead of drifting off into weightless slumber, your brain fires up, your pulse quickens and your head becomes crowded with endless worries you thought had been parked for the day. Sound familiar? “Around 80% of people say their worries whirlwind out of control at night,”says Nicky Lidbetter, chief executive of support group Anxiety UK. “With stress, we tend to worry…

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Is your child feeling bogged down by academic pressure or social anxiety? Yoga at school will help

Yoga and mindfulness activities at school can help improve emotional health of children with anxiety, according to a study. Researchers at Tulane University worked with a public school in New Orleans to add mindfulness and yoga to the school’s existing empathy-based programming for students needing supplementary support. Third graders, who were screened for symptoms of anxiety at the beginning of the school year, were randomly assigned to two groups. A control group of 32 students received care as usual, which included counseling and other activities led by a school social…

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Anxiety, depression in young people could be early symptoms of bipolar disorder

A study has recently found that early anxiety and disorders of attention or behaviour are two patterns of psychiatric symptoms that may help to identify young people at increased risk of developing bipolar disorder (BD). According to researchers, early signs of BD can fall into a relatively characteristic “homotypic” pattern, consisting mainly of symptoms or other features associated with mood disorders; or a “heterotypic” pattern of other symptoms including anxiety and disruptive behaviour. Environmental risk factors and exposures can also contribute to BD risk. The team analysed data from 39…

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Has stress taken over your life? Learning coping skills could help reduce anxiety

New UK research has shown that women who possess a good set of coping skills find it easier to overcome anxiety. The study, carried out by the University of Cambridge, was presented at the ECNP Conference and is the largest study ever conducted on coping and the anxiety that comes from facing adverse circumstances, such as living in deprivation. For the research the team surveyed 10,000 women over the age of 40 who were taking part in a major cancer study in Norfolk, UK. The team used health and lifestyle…

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Nomophobia: How phone separation anxiety is becoming a silent killer

“I can’t live without you”.Ten years ago, people used to say this to their loved ones. But now, the phrase doesn’t apply to their dear ones as much it applies to their phone. The moment they are separated from their devices, anxiety hits them like a hurricane. Recent research suggests that people suffering from nomophobia, feel lonely without their phones. They have an unhealthy attachment to it. Thus, they isolate themselves from real company. We spoke to experts Dr Gorav Gupta, psychiatrist and Samhitha Srishaila, psychologist, who explain the symptoms…

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