Stress, anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders are very common in our society. Find out why the brain takes an unhappy turn—and what can be done to help.

Tests + Stress = Problems For Students

Intensive standardized testing not only causes stress in students, but may undermine learning. Anecdotal reports from educators, combined with a surge in prescriptions for such medications as Ritalin and Prozac, suggest that students are experiencing increased stress in the classroom....
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A Conversation With Joseph LeDoux

One of the world's leading experts in the neurobiology of emotion, Dr. LeDoux has garnered many accolades for his basic research into how the brain processes fear. Using clever conditioning experiments, he and his colleagues have been able to show...
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Is It Just Me, Or Is It Scary In Here? An Insider’s View On Anxiety Disorders

Fear is normally a healthy emotion that helps keep us from danger, but for some people it becomes an unmanageable force that consumes their every waking hour. I know because it happened to me when I was fourteen and suffered...
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How Long to Nap?

Naps are a great source of comfort for some.  The biggest question being how long should I nap and what benefits are derived from these naps.  Here are some guidelines: 10 to 20 minutes This power nap is ideal for...
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It’s the Simple Stuff That Makes You––And Your Brain––Happy

Sometimes when we want to change our mood, we overlook the small stuff and focus on the big stuff. Instead of looking at what’s simple and right in front of us, we tend to look beyond into the aspirational abyss....
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