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Dr. Zorba Paster: Probiotics might ease anxiety and depression

Next in the vocabulary lesson are probiotics, foods containing bacteria that positively influence the gastrointestinal microbiome. Prebiotics are chemical compounds that promote the flourishing of these good bacteria. Now, let us address the provocative question in a recent study published in the British Medical Journal.

Poll: Many Americans feel lonely and anxious during pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic upends lives across the United States, it’s taking a widespread toll on people’s mental health and stress levels, according to a survey that finds a majority of Americans felt nervous, depressed, lonely or hopeless in the past week.

Dr. Zorba Paster: In midst of pandemic, we also must fight psychological trauma

What you might not realize is another epidemic is shadowing the spread of this new coronavirus: the panic and anxiety epidemic. There is psychological trauma associated with the disease, the fear of the disease, the self-quarantining, the isolation this true emergency has caused. As a great society, we have to attend to both of these simultaneously, or we’ll lose our way and fight.

Documentary about anxiety taps a world-class athlete

Michael Phelps appears in “Angst” to share his story of being bullied and depressed, leading to severe anxiety. The swimmer, winner of 28 Olympic medals, would look in the mirror and not like what he saw.

Flames lick up people’s fears in ritual effigy burning

High anxiety about White House politics, hurricane flooding and even the threat of nuclear war with North Korea is adding an extra spark to the annual burning of a giant, ghostly marionette that serves as an effigy to gloom and doom.

Schools create moments of calm for stressed-out students

For much of last Thursday morning, Caroline Maher’s head was filled with anxiety – about the long essay due in her English class, the work for her two advanced placement classes, her after-school practice to prepare for an upcoming dance-team performance. In school and after school – with homework, youth-group meetings and a weekend job – nearly every minute of the 16-year-old’s time is scheduled. But for 20 minutes each day at Roosevelt High in Seattle – part of a break the school instituted for all students this fall – she has time to breathe. With her feet on the floor and hands in her lap shortly after her U.S. history class ended, she took three deep breaths and a long slow exhale out.