Pet robots could reduce anxiety and improve vitals, says new research

Meet Susie. She is a furry, five-pound, wide-eyed gal who looks, acts and sounds like a baby harp seal. Beneath her white fur, though, is a mix of metal and wires programmed for a very specific purpose. For the past several years, that purpose has been to help elderly patients with memory loss find comfort amid … Continue reading Pet robots could reduce anxiety and improve vitals, says new research

Watch: The connection between mental health and Parkinson’s disease

The devastating news of Robin Williams’ death sparked a robust national discussion about depression and suicide. But a recent public statement from his family revealed that Mr. Williams was also in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. That, in turn, shifted the conversation to the potential link between Parkinson’s and depression, anxiety and other mental health problems. Recent Parkinson’s … Continue reading Watch: The connection between mental health and Parkinson’s disease

Feeling A Little Anxiety This Week? You’re Not Alone

Bombings, house-to-house manhunts, explosions, and shootings dominated our news these recent days. Yes, there’s been much to raise anxiety levels. I don’t think I’m alone when I say that my sense of safety feels off. I find myself wondering, “Who could be near me in this crowd?” “If violence occurred right now where could I … Continue reading Feeling A Little Anxiety This Week? You’re Not Alone

Social anxiety disorder: Are you shy or is it something more?

Sweaty palms, an accelerated heartbeat and nausea. No, it’s not a heart attack. It’s what some people feel when they have to face a social situation. What you call shy, may actually be social anxiety disorder. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 15 million American adults are living with social anxiety disorder.  … Continue reading Social anxiety disorder: Are you shy or is it something more?