Anxious Minds

Anxiety is rampant. A close cousin of depression, and often its predecessor, it also gives rise to phobias, panic attacks, and OCD. But it can be tamed.

Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stressful situations. But in some cases, it becomes excessive and can cause sufferers to dread everyday situations.

Stress

Stress is simply a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium. In other words, it's an omnipresent part of life. A stressful event can trigger the “fight-or-flight” response, causing hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol to surge through the body.

Depression

Some 15 million Americans struggle with depressionan illness that comes in many forms—from major depression and seasonal affective disorder, to dysthymia and bipolar disorder. Depressive disorder is an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that treats problems and boosts happiness by modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts.

Obessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a potentially disabling anxiety disorder. People afflicted with OCD become trapped in a pattern of repetitive, senseless thoughts and behaviors that are very difficult to overcome.

Left untreated, a severe case of OCD can destroy a person's capacity to function at work or school—or to lead a comfortable existence at home.

Fear

Fear is a vital response to physical and emotional danger—if we didn't feel it, we couldn't protect ourselves from legitimate threats. But often we fear situations that are far from life-or-death, and thus hang back for no good reason. Traumas or bad experiences can trigger a fear response within us that is hard to quell.

Omega-3

Sure, it's a fatty acid, which might make you want to avoid it at all costs, but omega-3 is actually a good-for-you fat. Known as an "essential" fatty acid, it's good for your body and mind—it's a big mood booster. Omega-3 is highly concentrated in the brain and maintains nerve cell membrane structure. Insufficient omega-3 is linked to poor memory and depression.