The heartbreak of ending a friendship can be devastating whether you were friends for two or twenty years. And it can be particularly hard when it’s with girlfriends. In a study (PDF) published in Psychology Review (2000), UCLA researchers found that in response to stress, instead of “fight-or-flight,” women “tend-or-friend.” Although both sexes release oxytocin associated with relaxation when stressed, it is more prominent in women — and this feel-good hormone promotes a maternal behavior to tend and bond with others.
When we’re remorseful about the past, we’re depressed. When we’re worried about the future, we’re anxious. Anxiety and depression are two sides of the same time coin. And since the end of the year also brings reflection and contemplation, it’s makes us vulnerable to both.
Health psychologists have a dual mission: to help prevent mental and physical illness and disease and to promote healthy living. From cancer to diabetes, health psychologists deal with a wide variety of issues underlying physical illness and chronic disease. According to Maureen Lyon, Ph.D, clinical health psychologist and associate research professor in pediatrics at George Washington University, health psychologists use their knowledge to “enhance the quality of life of individuals.”
Anxiety disorders are one of the most common psychiatric disorders. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), about 40 million American adults ages 18 and older suffer from them each year. The good news is that they also are highly treatable. But getting an anxious person to seek treatment can be a struggle.
f you haven’t yet heard of health psychology, you will soon. Clinical health psychologist Amanda Withrow, Ph.D., who has spent over a decade working with patients with chronic illnesses, says health psychology has seen significant growth in the last 30 years.
You know the impact your pet has on your life. But can the same sense of healing, security and unconditional love that your furry friend gives you be transferred in therapy? This is a question people like Amy McCullough, M.A., and Cynthia Chandler, Ed.D., are answering with a definitive “Yes.”