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Generalized anxiety disorder

Anxiety is often a healthy response to uncertainty and danger, but constant worry and nervousness may be a sign of generalized anxiety disorder. This common disorder affects about 5% to 6% of Americans at some point in their lives. Women are twice as likely as men to develop generalized anxiety disorder. Some research suggests that prevalence of this disorder increases with age. Generalized anxiety disorder usually first appears from young adulthood through the mid-50s — a later onset than seen with other psychiatric disorders. While other types of anxiety disorders — such as specific phobias or social anxiety disorder — arise from particular situations, generalized anxiety disorder is characterized chiefly by debilitating worry and agitation about nothing in particular or anything at all. The constant and continually changing worries of people with generalized anxiety disorder are mostly about everyday matters. They can't shake the feeling that something bad will happen and they will not be prepared. They may worry to excess about missing an appointment, losing a job, or having an accident. Some people even worry about worrying too much. Physical symptoms — racing heart, dry mouth, upset stomach, muscle tension, sweating, trembling, and irritability — are an integral part of generalized anxiety disorder. Over time, these physical manifestations of anxiety may adversely affect health.  (Locked) More »

Recognizing depression in men

Although men are less likely than women to develop depression, it remains a significant mental health problem for them. About 10% to 17% of men will develop major depression at some point in their lives. Moreover, depression may be more deadly for men than for women. Depression is a key risk factor for suicide, and four times as many men compared with women die from suicide. One reason may be men's reluctance to convey their feelings and seek help when they are in despair. Another mortal concern for men with depression is cardiovascular disease. Depression is a well-known risk factor for coronary artery disease, heart attack, and stroke. Men are especially vulnerable because they develop these diseases at a higher rate and at an earlier age than women. Given the toll depression takes on men, it's important that those who need help receive it. But often the symptoms of depression are different in men than in women — partly because of cultural pressures for members of each gender to behave in certain ways — a factor that may contribute to missed diagnoses. More »

The psychology of risk perception

Risk perception is rarely entirely rational. Instead, people assess risks using a mixture of cognitive skills (weighing the evidence, using reasoning and logic to reach conclusions) and emotional appraisals (intuition or imagination). After reviewing the research, risk expert David Ropeik identified 14 specific factors that affect perception of danger: (Locked) More »