How to Cope With the Scariest Health Information You Find Online

October 18, 2014 12:53 PM

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How to Cope With the Scariest Health Information You Find Online

Halloween brings with it a host of frightening images -- the classic witches, ghosts and ghouls. But there are some fears we carry with us all the time. I'm thinking particularly about concerns around health. Read just a few minutes of health news online or in magazines and you're bound to find an alarming article about the latest danger to your body or mind. Stress-related health problems show up often; in the last year I've seen reports that chronic negative stress will make your hair fall out, cause you to gain weight, damage your relationships, give you a heart attack, and ruin your sense of smell.

Of course, some of these scary outcomes are based in fact. Chronic negative stress is linked to poor heart health, including a higher risk of heart attacks as well as increased stroke risk, as this recent paper from the American Heart Association shows. However, sometimes it seems that the more info...

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