Stress is a fact of life for most people, but understanding the alarm system in your brain can provide a new way of managing stressful situations. During an interview on NBC Connecticut, Julian Ford, clinical psychologist at the UConn Health Center and author of Hijacked By Your Brain, offers tips on how to better handle the stress in your life.
Despite the state’s sputtering economy, harsh winters and reputation for Yankee reserve, people in Connecticut are generally a happy bunch.
But a new University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant poll that peered into the mindset of state residents also found high levels of stress.
Bullying – whether it’s verbal, physical or cyber – seems to be pervasive among adolescents and may lead to significant emotional and behavioral problems.
Communities may offer multiple programs to address the issue, often with variable results. That may be because some teens find it difficult talking about the issue with adults.
That’s why the University of Connecticut’s School of Medicine has embarked on a different model. The Anti-Bullying Class (ABC) is led by UConn medical students and primarily targets kids in middle school, the age when bullying typically peaks.
A few years after Stephen Sonnone took on the daily task of caring for his mother, whose mind was steeply declining due to Alzheimer’s disease, he suffered from pancreatitis.
He attributes it to his role as his mother’s primary caregiver.
Dr. David C. Steffens, chair of the psychiatry department at the University of Connecticut, said it’s not just the amount of care that Alzheimer’s patients need but the nature of the disease itself that brings so much stress to caregivers.