Book: Anxiety – Overcome It and Live Without Fear

Book Title:

Anxiety – Overcome It and Live Without Fear.

Author(s): Sonali Gupta.

Year: 2020.

Edition: First (1st).

Publisher: HarperCollins.

Type(s): Paperback and Kindle.

Synopsis:

Do you know the difference between anxiety and stress? What can you do when you have a panic attack? How do you know when it is time to get help?

Anxiety is a mental health crisis that has gripped over three crore Indians. In Anxiety: Overcome It and Live without Fear, clinical psychologist Sonali Gupta delves into the condition, using case studies to identify how anxiety can be triggered at work, in relationships, and by social media. Gupta shares a unique glimpse into this mental health condition in India, especially among Gen Z and millennials.

Recommending strategies and techniques for anxiety-prone readers, this book will help you confront your fears and take control of your life.

Book: The Stress Survival Guide for Teens

Book Title:

The Stress Survival Guide for Teens: CBT Skills to Worry Less, Develop Grit, and Live Your Best Life (The Instant Help Solutions Series).

Author(s): Jeffrey Bernstein, PhD.

Year: 2019.

Edition: First (1st), Illustrated Edition.

Publisher: Instant Help.

Type(s): Paperback and Kindle.

Synopsis:

Is stress getting the best of you? Do you ever feel overwhelmed, like your life is zooming by? This practical, proven-effective, and easy-to-use survival guide has your back!

School pressure, BFF drama, body changes, social media, dating – is it any wonder you are feeling stressed? You are not alone. Many teens today find themselves worried, anxious, and stressed out. But there are ways you can take control of your stress before it interferes with your life. This go-to “survival guide” will show you how to deal with stress so you can get back to the things that make you happy.

With this fun and easy guide, you will learn how cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help you challenge negative thoughts and replace them with more helpful, flexible ways of seeing life’s challenges. You will also discover how important it is to slow down and notice the things that are really going well in your life! Finally, you will learn to figure out what is really important to you, and how you can use your values to build resilience against stress and future setbacks.

Life is full of stress, but that does not mean you have to be. With this book, you will learn to quiet your negative inner voice and focus on your strengths, so you can conquer any challenge you might face, achieve your goals, and live your very best life.

Book: The Handbook of Stress

Book Title:

The Handbook of Stress – Neuropsychological Effects on the Brain.

Author(s): Cheryl D. Conrad (Editor).

Year: 2011.

Edition: First (1st).

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell.

Type(s): Hardcover and Kindle.

Synopsis:

The Handbook of Stress: Neuropsychological Effects on the Brain is an authoritative guide to the effects of stress on brain health, with a collection of articles that reflect the most recent findings in the field.

  • Presents cutting edge findings on the effects of stress on brain health.
  • Examines stress influences on brain plasticity across the lifespan, including links to anxiety, PTSD, and clinical depression.
  • Features contributions by internationally recognised experts in the field of brain health.
  • Serves as an essential reference guide for scholars and advanced students.

Book: Best Ways to Manage Stress

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Book Title:

Best Ways to Manage Stress: 30 Easy Ways to Beat Stress.

Author(s): Richard Malishe.

Year: 2020.

Edition: First (1st).

Publisher: Unknown.

Type(s): Paperback and Kindle.

Synopsis:

Best Ways to Manage Stress is the guide you need to not only understand why you are so stressed but to help you get rid of that stress for good. You do not need to keep feeling overwhelmed and discouraged by your stress; you can take charge of your feelings and walk with more confidence and reassurance. The best part is that you can start making changes today! You do not have to wait to feel better.

Most people know that stress is a part of many people’s lives, and they have probably felt the impacts of stress on their lives. You can probably list things that are stressing you right this very minute. Thus, stress is one of the most prevalent problems that humans face, but it is too often portrayed as something annoying without being shown as dangerous. The truth is that stress is incredibly harmful not only to your mental health but also to your physical health. Stress kills thousands of people each year, and it costs healthcare systems around the world billions of dollars. Heart disease, obesity, and immune disorders are just some of the ailments impacted by stress, and we have only begun to realise the tremendous influence of stress on the body. Imagine how much healthier people would be if they could get their stress under control. You can heal your body by merely being less stressed.

Stress most obviously impacts your mental health. You are probably familiar with that awful feeling of tension that consumes your body when you feel stressed. This feeling leads to side effects like rumination, chronic worry, and the inability to focus. Unfortunately, stress can also lead to mental illnesses like anxiety disorders and depression. The more you let stress linger, the worse your condition becomes. Some people go their whole lives feeling awful because of how much stress they have.

You don’t need to be like other people. You do not have to go to work and feel stressed. You do not have to lay in bed at night worrying about what will happen in the morning. This book will show you that you can take a breathe and let the knots in your shoulders dissolve. We need to stop calling stress normal because it does not have to be normal anymore. With the right tools, humans could release themselves from their stress and live their lives more freely.

Is There a Mental Health Crisis among Canadian Postsecondary Students?

Research Paper Title

Mental Health among Canadian Postsecondary Students: A Mental Health Crisis?

Background

Recent reports express concerns about a mental health crisis among postsecondary students. These assertions, however, often arise from surveys conducted in postsecondary settings that lack the broader context of a referent group. The objectives of this study were:

  • To assess the mental health status of postsecondary students 18 to 25 years old from 2011 to 2017; and
  • To compare the mental health status of postsecondary students to nonstudents.

Methods

Prevalence was estimated for a set of mental health outcomes using seven annual iterations of the Canadian Community Health Survey (2011 to 2017). Logistic regression was used to derive odds ratio estimates comparing mental health status among postsecondary students and nonstudents, adjusting for age and sex. Random effects metaregression and meta-analyses techniques were used to evaluate trends in prevalence and odds ratio estimates over time.

Results

Over the study period, the prevalence of perceived low mental health, diagnosed mood and anxiety disorders, and past-year mental health consultations increased among female students, whereas binge drinking decreased among male students. With the exception of perceived stress, the odds of experiencing each mental health outcome were lower among postsecondary students compared to nonstudents.

Conclusions

These findings do not support the idea that postsecondary students have worse mental health than nonstudents of similar age. The perception of a crisis may arise from greater help-seeking behaviour, diminishing stigma, or increasing mental health literacy. Regardless, the observance of these trends provide an opportunity to address a previously latent issue.

Reference

Wiens, K., Bhattarai, A., Dores, A., Pedram, P., Williams, J.V.A., Bulloch, A.G.M. & Patten, S.B. (2020) Mental Health among Canadian Postsecondary Students: A Mental Health Crisis? Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. 65(1), pp.30-35. doi: 10.1177/0706743719874178. Epub 2019 Sep 4.

Mental Health and Stress in Humanitarian Expatriates.

Research Paper Title

Mental Health and Stress in Humanitarian Expatriates.

Background

Humanitarian work is stressful and can have an impact on the mental health of humanitarian expatriates.

In order to reduce stress and its consequences, humanitarian organisations are implementing various measures to keep their staff healthy.

Humanitarian workers, on the other hand, must take care of themselves and apply self-protection mechanisms. Most humanitarian workers are doing well.

The treating doctor plays a key role in detecting people and behaviour at risk. they encourage the expatriate to use their resources and provide the adequate support and medical follow-up if necessary.

Collaboration with the staff health units of humanitarian organisations allows for optimal care of humanitarian workers’ medical conditions.

Reference

Perone, S.A., BAvarel, M., Suzic, D. & Chappuis, F. (2020) [Mental Health and Stress in Humanitarian Expatriates] [Article in French]. Revue Medicale Suisse. 16(693), pp.993-997.

Book: The Instinct to Heal

Book Title:

The Instinct to Heal – Curing Depression, Anxiety and Stress Without Drugs and Without Talk Therapy.

Author(s): David Servan-Schreiber.

Year: 2004.

Edition: First (1ed).

Publisher: Rodale Books.

Type(s): Hardcover, Paperback and Kindle.

Synopsis:

Millions of Americans try drugs or talk therapy to relieve depression and anxiety, but recent scientific studies prove certain alternative treatments can work as well or better-often bringing on a cure.

In the extraordinary international bestseller The Instinct to Heal, award-winning psychiatrist and neuroscientist David Servan-Schreiber, M.D., Ph.D., presents seven natural approaches, each with proven results, that together form a treatment plan that builds on the body’s relationship to the brain, yielding faster, more dramatic, and permanent changes. People who want to leave suffering behind now can live joyful, happy lives.

Book: Mental Health: A New Understanding

Book Title:

Time Special Edition: Mental Health: A New Understanding.

Author(s): The Editors of TIME.

Year: 2018.

Edition: First (1st).

Publisher: Time.

Type(s): Magazine and Kindle.

Synopsis:

People at all stages of life experience mental illness, including anxiety and depression.

There has never been a better understanding of how the right support, lifestyle and approach can begin to crack the code and lead toward better health.

Now, in a new Special Edition, Mental Health: A New Understanding, the editors of TIME take a look at the vast world of mental health from understanding the causes and symptoms of mental disorders to feeling better, including the power of exercise, why your pets are good for your mental health, and the benefits of pharmaceutical aides, therapy and other ways to alleviate pain.

There is also guidance on how to help a friend or loved one who is suffering from mental illness and understanding life as an addict.

Additionally, they look at suicide, depression amongst college-age children and why the loneliness epidemic should be taken very seriously.

Mental Health is an excellent primer on understanding our own minds.

Book: The Science of Stress

Book Title:

Time Special Edition: The Science of Stress.

Author(s): The Editors of TIME.

Year: 2019.

Edition: First (1st).

Publisher: Time.

Type(s): Magazine and Kindle.

Synopsis:

Stress is a modern mental bogeyman, keeping nearly half of Americans up at night. It also takes a profound physical toll.

Research has found it linked to higher risks of heart attacks, strokes and many major chronic conditions.

Yet, many Americans say they do not do anything to meaningfully combat stress.

This special edition can help. First, you will examine the sources of your stress, including just how smartphones and other digital distractions rewire the brain for stress. Then, consider what you can do to increase calm and improve your health.

Learn about the science-backed research that shows that self-care and relaxation can help alleviate stress in real and measurable ways.

Find the latest proven ways to dampen the stress response, including mindfulness techniques, exercise, walking in nature and even washing the dishes. Get valuable tips on how to relax fast, in any situation. Or, if that’s just not possible, let this special edition make the case for embracing stress and teach you how to harness it to make yourself stronger, more positive and more resilient.

Stress is a powerful response to an increasingly challenging world. Let this special edition help you make sure you are in control of it!

Book: 8 Keys to Stress Management

Book Title:

8 Keys to Stress Management.

Author(s): Elizabeth Anne Scott.

Year: 2013.

Edition: First Edition (1st).

Publisher: W.W. Norton Company.

Type(s): Paperback, Audiobook, and Kindle.

Synopsis:

According to many measures, people today are dealing with stressors that are greater in number and severity than in the past several decades, and this stress is taking a toll on our collective wellness.

The book outlines strategies to identifying stressors, offers techniques in reversing the response, and discusses the effects of stress.