A Gut Feeling About Stress? Yes Indeed!

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Neuropsychology, Depression, General Psychology, Neuroscience, Physiology, Research Methods, Stress, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: Given that this time of year (heading into end of term exams) is particularly stressful and anxiety provoking for college and university students I thought I would talk about three articles (this one and the two post above it) that are about stress but which look at stress from a novel, hopefully distracting, perspective… Read more »

Mindfulness: Are There Limits to its Usefulness?

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Health Psychology, Psychological Health, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: If not in your introductory psychology class you must’ve seen somewhere in the media any number of suggestions about the fundamental importance of mindfulness or of being in the moment as a means of coping more effectively with the complexity of life in the world today. Have you paused to wonder whether mindfulness is… Read more »

Breathe! and de-stress.

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Consciousness, Neuroscience, Stress, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success.

Description: If you had a section in one of her introductory psychology courses about consciousness you probably heard about some of the research that is indicating positive benefits of meditation. The article linked below discusses more recent research that simply looks at the potential positive benefits of a number of breathing control techniques on people’s… Read more »

Mind-Body Interconnections: The Adrenal medulla

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Health Psychology, Neuroscience, Stress, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: You probably heard about the important role that the adrenal medulla plays in our bodies rapid responses to stressful situations, usually referred to as the fight flight response. What you may not be entirely clear on is how that area of the brain gets fired up or more specifically how that part of the… Read more »

Mindfulness and Stress: What To Do When End of Term Stress Hits Hard

Posted by & filed under Clinical Psychology, Consciousness, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: As the winter term ends and papers come due and final exams approach it is not surprising that student stress levels, already high, are spiking upwards. What sort of a discipline would psychology be if it could not provide its students with some good grounded advice about how to deal with the stress. The… Read more »

Depresion and Stress among Clinical Psychologists

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Description: Are clinical psychologists significantly less likely to struggle with depression compared to the general population? What would you predict? On the one hand they are more aware of the issues related to depression and may be more inclined to take steps earlier and thus avoid struggling with the disorder on the other hand in… Read more »

Beyond Stress: Experience with Traumatic Events During the Term

Posted by & filed under Intervention: Adults-Couples, Prevention, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self.

Description: So to continue with the upbeat theme of students and stress, the articles linked below focus on the impact of traumatic events, such as personal or family serious illness or the death of a loved one on members of the College and University student population. The web article suggests ways in which faculty and… Read more »

Stress and University/College

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Description: For many students but especially for first year students, the first (fall) term can be rather stressful This is especially true for students who have not found their education particularly stressful prior to entering university or who have not developed or built strategies for recognizing and preparing to cope with the stress of the… Read more »

Cuddle Hormone? Touch and Oxytocin

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Description: Would you pay money for a 30 to 45 minute session of cuddling (just cuddling no sex)? Physical touch seems to have the effect of promoting the release of oxytocin, sometime referred to as the “cuddle hormone” in the media and which seems to act to, among other things, reduce stress levels. So are… Read more »

Depression Might be an Allergic Reaction to Stress

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Description: Listen to this piece from the CBC radio program “The Current” that reports upon a novel way to think about clinical depression. Source: CBC Radio – The Current Date: January 12, 2015 Depression Might be an Allergic Reaction to Stress Links:     Lead article/broadcast – http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/current_20150112_82971.mp3 (please contact Mike Boyes – boyes@ucalgary.ca if download… Read more »