Systematic Desensitization: Can Anxiety and Phobias Be Unlearned? Systematic Desensitization: Can Anxiety and Phobias Be Unlearned?
Systematic desensitization is an evidence-based therapy approach that combines relaxation techniques with gradual exposure to help you slowly overcome a phobia.During systematic desensitization, also called graduated exposure therapy, you work your way up through levels of fear, starting with the least fearful exposure. This approach also involves the use of relaxation techniques. Both of these fe
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Nocebo Effect: Definition, Comparison to Placebo Effect, Examples Nocebo Effect: Definition, Comparison to Placebo Effect, Examples
Placebo vs. noceboYou’ve likely heard of the placebo effect, but you might be less familiar with its opposite, called the nocebo effect.Placebos are medications or procedures that appear to be actual medical treatments but aren’t. A common example is the week of sugar pills that come in many monthly birth control packs.The placebo effect occurs when a placebo actually makes you feel better or
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Cymbalta for Fibromyalgia: Benefits, Side Effects, and More Cymbalta for Fibromyalgia: Benefits, Side Effects, and More
For the millions of Americans affected by fibromyalgia, medications offer hope for treating the condition’s widespread joint and muscle pain and fatigue. Cymbalta (duloxetine) is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the management of fibromyalgia in adults. Read on to find out if Cymbalta might be right for you.What is Cymbalta?Cymbalta belongs to a class of medications called SNRIs
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Liver Cancer Pain: Primary Locations and Treatment Liver Cancer Pain: Primary Locations and Treatment
Overview An adult liver is about the size of a football. It’s the largest internal organ in your body. It’s located in the right upper quadrant of your abdominal cavity, just above your stomach and below your diaphragm.Your liver is vital to your body’s metabolic functions and immune system. Without a functioning liver, you cannot survive. There are many types of diseases that can affect the
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Do Massages Cause or Erase Wrinkles? This Aesthetician Expert Answers Do Massages Cause or Erase Wrinkles? This Aesthetician Expert Answers
You can’t “rub a wrinkle into your face.”Before we dive into debunking this myth, let’s have a quick anatomy lesson on the three main layers of the skin to better understand their functions.What your skin structure has to do with itCollagen and elastin fibers support the structure of the skin and work as a team to provide shape and firmness. Elastin is a protein with highly elastic propert
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If You Ever Felt Like Body Positivity Wasn’t for You, Here’s Why If You Ever Felt Like Body Positivity Wasn’t for You, Here’s Why
How we see the world shapes who we choose to be — and sharing compelling experiences can frame the way we treat each other, for the better. This is a powerful perspective.For a long time, Ravneet Vohra felt so insecure about her appearance that she couldn’t hold eye contact with new people. “I wanted a body and skin the media told me I must have in order to have value,” she says. “A body
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You See Selma Blair with a Cane — I See Disabled Representation You See Selma Blair with a Cane — I See Disabled Representation
How we see the world shapes who we choose to be — and sharing compelling experiences can frame the way we treat each other, for the better. This is a powerful perspective.As always for Oscar season, stars were ablaze on the red carpet and after parties across Hollywood. The year’s penultimate event signals success on the big screen, and more specifically which films and actors have “made it.
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I’m an Expert on My Own Body — So Why Aren’t Doctors Listening? I’m an Expert on My Own Body — So Why Aren’t Doctors Listening?
How we see the world shapes who we choose to be — and sharing compelling experiences can frame the way we treat each other, for the better. This is a powerful perspective.As someone with a chronic illness, I shouldn’t have to advocate for myself when I’m at my most ill. Is it too much to expect doctors to believe the words that I have to force out, amidst spikes of pain, after I’ve dragged
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Trauma-Informed Healthcare Is Vital. So Why Isn’t It Easy to Find? Trauma-Informed Healthcare Is Vital. So Why Isn’t It Easy to Find?
Health and wellness touch each of us differently. This is one person’s story.Despite the sexual health field being full of invasive procedures, they’re often not accompanied by an appropriate level of gentleness, informed consent, and care for the patient. This means survivors of trauma, like myself, are often left to carve a path for themselves in order to find care that meets our needs. Give
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The Woman Who Can No Longer Hold Down a Job The Woman Who Can No Longer Hold Down a Job
By unveiling how anxiety affects people’s lives, we hope to spread empathy, ideas for coping, and a more open conversation on mental health. This is a powerful perspective.Wren, a 49-year-old woman who lives in the Southwest region of the United States, has lived with anxiety since she was 3 years old, when she experienced debilitating night terrors. This former nurse has since had to leave her
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Hydrator vs. Moisturizer: Does It Matter for Your Skin? Hydrator vs. Moisturizer: Does It Matter for Your Skin?
Hydration is keyYou might think hydration is something that only people with dry or dehydrated skin need to worry about. But hydrating your skin is just like hydrating your body: Your body needs hydration to look and feel its best — and, no matter your skin type, so does your skin.But what, exactly, is hydration? Is it the same as moisture? And with so many different products claiming to give
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13 Foods That Boost Your Body’s Natural Collagen Production 13 Foods That Boost Your Body’s Natural Collagen Production
To supplement or to eat?“Diet plays a surprisingly large role in the appearance and youthfulness of your skin,” says certified holistic nutritionist Krista Goncalves, CHN. “And that all comes down to collagen.” Collagen is the protein that gives skin its structure, suppleness, and stretch. There are many types of collagen, but our body mainly consists of type 1, 2, and 3. As we age, we pr
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8 Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria Triggers: Stress, Pets, and More 8 Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria Triggers: Stress, Pets, and More
OverviewChronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) is a form of chronic hives that results in itchy, red bumps or wheals on a person’s skin. People with CIU usually have flares that come and go for several years, but doctors haven’t identified a direct cause.Although there isn’t a clear underlying cause and symptoms can appear spontaneously at any time, you may notice that certain triggers can make
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Diminished Ovarian Reserve: Overview, Causes, and Treatments Diminished Ovarian Reserve: Overview, Causes, and Treatments
The term “ovarian reserve” refers to the number and quality of your eggs, also known as oocytes. If you have diminished ovarian reserve, this means that the number and quality of your eggs is lower than expected for your age.Diminished ovarian reserve can affect people of all ages. About 10 percent of people with uteruses experience it according to the Center for Human Reproduction, a fertilit
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Milk Bath: Benefits, How To, Safety, and More Milk Bath: Benefits, How To, Safety, and More
What is a milk bath? A milk bath is a bath where you add milk — in liquid or powdered form — to warm water in your bathtub. It may be beneficial for a number of skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis, and dry skin.Read on to learn more about the benefits and risks of milk baths, and how to try milk baths at home.5 BenefitsResearch is limited on the effectiveness of milk baths on the treat
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Caffeine Headache: Can Coffee Help or Give Headaches? Cure & More Caffeine Headache: Can Coffee Help or Give Headaches? Cure & More
Does caffeine cure or cause headaches?While some people use caffeine as a cure for headaches or hangovers, others find that caffeine — not to mention caffeine withdrawal — gives them headaches. Here’s what you need to know about caffeine, caffeine withdrawal, and headaches.Caffeine as a cure In some cases, caffeine may ease headaches and enhance over-the-counter (OTC) headache treatments. A
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Type A Personality Traits: Overview, Comparison to Type B, and More Type A Personality Traits: Overview, Comparison to Type B, and More
Personalities can be categorized in a number of ways. Maybe you’ve taken a test based on one of these approaches, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or the Big Five inventory.Dividing personalities into type A and type B is one method of describing different personalities, though this categorization can be seen as more of a spectrum, with A and B on opposite ends. It’s common to have a mi
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