At 7:30 PM Dr. Dorit Saberi will present on Anxiety Disorders continuing our series on the various types of mental illnesses.
Dr.Saberi is Co-Director of Training, Psychology Division in the School of Psychiatry at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. She will focus on general anxiety disorders and Obessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD). The percentage of persons in the United States with anxiety disorders is reported by the National Institute of Mental Health to be 19.1% and 31% of adults experience an anxiety disorder sometime in their lifetime. Also, anxiety disorders often co-occur with other mental illnesses. It will be a chance to ask her about anxiety disorders.
Dr. Saberi will also share information about the Families and Friends Program which uses Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
The meeting will be in Faith Hall at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson in Torrance, tonight, October 15, 2018.
Our Family Support Group will meet at 6 PM in the room off of Faith Hall.
The greater your anxiety level, the higher your risk of having a stoke, according to new research published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. The study is the first in which researchers linked anxiety and stroke independent of other factors such as depression. Anxiety disorders are one of the most prevalent mental health problems. Symptoms include feeling unusually worried, stressed, nervous or tense.
Over a 22 -year period, researchers studied a nationally representative group of 6,019 people 25-74 years old in the first National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Participants underwent an interview and took blood tests, medical examinations and completed psychological questionnaires to gauge anxiety and depression levels.
Researchers tracked strokes through hospitals or nursing home reports and death certificates. After accounting for other factors, they found that even modest increases in anxiety were associated with greater risk of stroke risk.
“Everyone has some anxiety now and then. But when it’s elevated and/or chronic, it may have an effect on your vasculature years down the road,” said Maya Lambiase, Ph.D.
People with high anxiety levels are more likely to smoke and be physically inactive, possibly explaining part of the anxiety-stroke link.