How to outsmart your COVID-19 fears and boost your mood in 2021

One medication-free technique uses your emotions to release stress.

Laurel Mellin, Associate Professor Emeritus of Family & Community Medicine and Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco • conversation
Dec. 28, 2020 ~6 min

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COVID-19 fear is driving up gun sales

Stress due to COVID-19 and uncertainty about the future are prompting people, including essential workers, to purchase guns, a new study shows.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Dec. 17, 2020 ~5 min

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How the brain sorts between old and new fears

New research on how mice brains handle fear have implications for PTSD and memory disorders that make discerning past and present threats harder.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
Oct. 12, 2020 ~6 min

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Google shows huge panic attack rise during COVID

Data from Google searches show more people started searching for panic attacks, treatments, and anxiety since COVID-19 became a pandemic.

Barri Bronston-Tulane • futurity
Sept. 22, 2020 ~5 min

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TB medication could fight fear and anxiety

An antibiotic that treats tuberculosis could help fight fear and anxiety disorders when combined with therapy, researchers report.

Rachel White-UT Austin • futurity
July 7, 2020 ~4 min

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‘Threat memory’ from close-up fears may last longer

The way your brain processes threats that are close up may make it more difficults to get over the fear of the expereince over time.

Karl Bates-Duke • futurity
June 30, 2020 ~6 min

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Fear of needles could be a hurdle to COVID-19 vaccination, but here are ways to overcome it

What happens when we have a COVID-19 vaccine – and millions are afraid of a needle?

Amy Baxter, Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Augusta University • conversation
June 8, 2020 ~8 min

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Trump, the politics of fear and racism: How our brains can be manipulated to tribalism

Fear is very much a part of humans' survival. Demagogues and others who want to manipulate have learned that this human trait can be exploited, often with disastrous consequences.

Arash Javanbakht, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Wayne State University • conversation
June 2, 2020 ~8 min

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Brain scans reveal the source of stress in the brain

The discovery of the neural "home" for stress could be helpful to people struggling with the major fear and anxiety that it causes.

Bill Hathaway-Yale • futurity
May 27, 2020 ~5 min

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Coronavirus reminds you of death – and amplifies your core values, both bad and good

It's human nature to try to insulate yourself from the unpleasant realization that death comes for all of us eventually.

Sheldon Solomon, Professor of Psychology, Skidmore College • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~9 min

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