Elevated levels of sodium blunt response to stress, study shows
All those salty snacks available at the local tavern might be doing more than increasing your thirst: They could also play a role in suppressing social anxiety.
Misreading faces tied to child social anxiety
Children suffering from extreme social anxiety are trapped in a nightmare of misinterpreted facial expressions: They confuse angry faces with sad ones, a new Emory University study shows.
Bullying alters brain chemistry, leads to anxiety
(PhysOrg.com) -- Being low mouse on the totem pole is tough on murine self-esteem. It turns out it has measurable effects on brain chemistry, too, according to recent experiments at Rockefeller University. ...
Does social anxiety disorder respond to psychotherapy? Brain study says yes
When psychotherapy is helping someone get better, what does that change look like in the brain? This was the question a team of Canadian psychological scientists set out to investigate in patients suffering from social anxiety ...
To the Point: Experts offer advice to students in distress
(PhysOrg.com) -- Recent news headlines across the United States have shed light on mental health concerns among teens and young adults in distress -- whether questioning their sexual orientation or dealing with an unhealthy ...
South Africa to research mood-lifting plant
(AP) -- For hundreds of years, indigenous South Africans have chewed a plant they say reduces stress, relieves hunger, sedates and elevates moods. Now they have a license to study and market it, and plan ...
Researchers find anxiety may be at root of religious extremism
Anxiety and uncertainty can cause us to become more idealistic and more radical in our religious beliefs, according to new findings by York University researchers, published in this month's issue of the Journal of Personality an ...
Researchers explore the impact of social networking on shyness
(PhysOrg.com) -- Have you ever cancelled a Facebook status update when you thought about who would see it, or switched off your phone to avoid an awkward call?
New therapy to overcome body dysmorphic disorder
A nose job to treat a mental health problem? Teeth whitening to overcome a severe anxiety disorder? These are just two procedures that people with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) have traditionally turned to in order to deal ...
Shyness negatively affects marital quality
Los Angeles, CA (May 18, 2010) Shyness can influence the quality of an ongoing relationship - even one as important as marriage - according to a study in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (published by SAGE).
Some bullies are just the shy type: New research shows a darker side to social anxiety disorder
When you think of people suffering from social anxiety, you probably characterize them as shy, inhibitive and submissive. However, new research from psychologists Todd Kashdan and Patrick McKnight at George Mason University ...
Others may know us better than we know ourselves, study finds
(PhysOrg.com) -- Since at least the days of Socrates, humans have been advised to "know thyself." And through all the years, many, including many personality and social psychologists, have believed the individual ...
Gay, bisexual men who have social anxiety tend to engage in risky sex
A Ryerson University HIV researcher has found a link between social anxiety and unsafe sexual activities among gay and bisexual men, some of whom are HIV-positive.
Today's parents 'not to blame' for teenage problem behaviour
(PhysOrg.com) -- Poor parenting is not the reason for an increase in problem behaviour amongst teenagers, according to research led by Oxford University.