How Being Mindful Eases Stress, Enhances Life
As our lives get increasingly busy and demanding, women, especially, suffer from more anxiety and depression. In a recent study of Canadian women, stress, anxiety and depression were among the most frequently reported health problems.
A 2004 study by Pilar Matud, looking at 3,000 men and women, showed that women scored significantly higher in stress and anxiety than men. Women also reported less control in their lives and more negative events, although the analysis showed an equal number of stressful life events in the previous two years between the men and women.
How is one to cope with our society’s demanding and frenetic pace while maintaining a sense of ease and equanimity?
When Less Pap Is More: Understanding New Guidelines
Many women came of age understanding that the yearly annual with Pap smear was both a rite of passage and an essential practice of self-care, the gynecological equivalent of a tooth cleaning. So you may be surprised to hear your provider say you’re not due for a Pap this visit. Or the next. Or for a few years, even. What gives?
In short: knowledge has advanced, and testing has improved. In light of these changes, in 2012 the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP) issued an update to its guidelines, which for many women extended the interval between tests. To understand how fewer Pap smears can lead to more healthy cervixes overall, it’s useful to consider the history and science behind this essential screening tool.
Diabetes and Women: Preventing and Overcoming Depression with Chronic Illness
If you have a chronic disease, such as diabetes, you are at greater risk of developing depression and if you are currently experiencing symptoms of depression, you are not alone. People with diabetes and other chronic diseases are more likely to have depression than people without diabetes. Managing any chronic condition adds a lot of stress and strain to one’s daily life. Additionally, many people with a chronic disease feel alone and isolated in managing their diagnosis and, specifically with diabetes, one can easily feel out of control if you are having trouble keeping your blood sugar in your target range.
A young woman's first gynecological exam can be filled with anxiety and fear. This is often based on embarrassment or inaccurate information about what the exam feels like and what testing will be done.
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