Worry, Anxiety Tied to Increased Inflammation

“Worry has clear physiological effects. It basically creates wear and tear on the body that may, across time, have implications for physical health,” study investigator Megan Elizabeth Renna, PhD, told Medscape Medical News.

“Further, stress significantly impacts the immune system, but very few studies have looked at how worry specifically influences inflammation,” Renna said. Read more.


Rapid Response to PTSD Therapy May Predict Long-term Improvement

Patients who experience a rapid response to cognitive processing therapy (CPT) for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have a greater likelihood of sustained improvement, new research suggests.

A study of 136 veterans with PTSD showed that those who responded quickly to a 3-week CPT program were significantly more likely to report lower symptom scores 3 months post-treatment compared with those participants who responded more slowly. Read more.

Lavender Promising for Anxiety but Evidence Base Needs to Grow

“Oral lavender in the form of a standardized essential oil titrated in linalool and linalyl acetate may be helpful as an add-on therapy, or in reducing the dosages, and, therefore, the side effects of common anxiety drugs like benzodiazepines,” study investigator Davide Donelli, MD, Careggi University Hospital, Florence, Italy, told Medscape Medical News.   Read more.

COVID-19: Mitigating Loneliness, Anxiety in Seniors

With a growing number of state and regional directives to shelter in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important clinicians pay close attention to the mental health of all patients, but particularly the elderly.

Currently, there are more than 50 million Americans aged 65 years and older. Physical distancing during this public health crisis is essential in preventing the spread of the virus, but it can come at a high cost to seniors’ mental health and well-being, resulting in loneliness, anxiety, depression, and cognitive problems. Read more.

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