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January 29, 2012 | By Martin Eichner
Question: For several years I have been undergoing psychotherapy for a nervous illness, which has now been diagnosed as a general anxiety disorder. I live at an apartment complex that does not allow pets, but my psychiatrist has recently urged me to get a companion animal, which she thinks would give me a positive relationship that would alleviate my anxiety. A friend helped me find a very nice cocker spaniel puppy that was up for adoption. I asked my community manager to allow me to adopt this dog and bring him to live with me. The manager refused, telling me that he was only obligated to allow a service animal such as a guide dog. He said he did not have to accommodate a pet that merely kept me company.
September 4, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from Atlanta -- Hong-Chih Kuo said baseball is fun for him again — and so long as his elbow holds up, the former All-Star reliever intends to pitch again next season. "I'll try to pitch," Kuo said. This wasn't always a given. In a season in which he landed on the disabled list because of an anxiety disorder and performed erratically, there were times when Kuo was noncommittal about his future. Kuo, whose earned-run average was 12.46 as recently as July 31, has looked like the Kuo of old in recent weeks.
September 6, 2000
An anxiety clinic has opened at Cal State Northridge to serve the community and provide hands-on training for psychology students. The clinic is staffed by six to eight graduate students in the Psychology Department's master's program in clinical health. It plans to serve up to 50 clients a semester. The students will be under the supervision of professor Ronald Doctor, a clinical psychologist who has worked in the area of anxiety disorders for 30 years.
February 25, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a lingering psychological response to a major traumatic event. And researchers studying the condition now have a clue about its development. Hint: Women and men are different. Their study, conducted in part at Emory University in Atlanta, was published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Researchers tested 64 people who had experienced significant trauma in noncombat settings. In women but not men, they found a link between PTSD and high levels of a hormone called pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide produced in response to stress.
January 10, 2005 | From Reuters
Shy children tend to have muted reactions to joy or anger in the facial expressions of others, inhibitions that may lead to the anxieties many experience later in life, researchers have found. Shy children seem to miss emotional cues that are "socially relevant," wrote study author Marco Battaglia of the San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan, Italy.
August 5, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Frightening or painful memories may be calmed or even erased by marijuana-like chemicals produced in the brain, according to a study of mice chronicled in Thursday's issue of Nature. Mice bred to be unresponsive to the chemicals, called cannabinoids, couldn't control their reaction when they heard a reminder linked to pain. Normal mice eventually stopped flinching at the reminder.
May 14, 2001 | Linda Marsa
Discovery Health Channel Begins May 20, 7 p.m. * Mental illness strikes one in every five Americans in any given year. Yet despite the high incidence, serious mental disorders are still profoundly stigmatized. "Fires of the Mind," a well-made four-segment series that premieres Sunday on the Discovery Health Channel, attempts to dispel some of the frightening myths that cloud the public's perception of four severe mental conditions: schizophrenia, depression, autism and anxiety disorders.
December 20, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
There may be a lot of sleepy police officers out there, a study finds, with about 40% of them having at least one sleep disorder. A study released today in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. looked at sleep disorders and how they affected the health and safety of 4,957 police officers in the U.S. and Canada. Among the officers 40.4% were found to have at least one sleep disorder, and 33.6% had obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which a blocked or narrowed airway causes breathing to stop and start during sleep.
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