The secret life of maladaptive daydreaming

Daydreaming can be a pleasant pastime, but people who suffer from maladaptive daydreaming are trapped by their fantasies.

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  • Maladaptive daydreamers can experience intricate, vivid daydreams for hours a day.
  • This addiction can result in disassociation from vital life tasks and relationships.
  • Psychologists, online communities, and social pipelines are spreading awareness and hope for many.
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    How work addiction negatively affects your mental and physical health

    Workaholism is perhaps the most socially accepted addiction, but a new paper shines light on the serious health risks that accompany it along with which occupations are most at risk.

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    • Work addiction is a growing public health risk in industrialized nations, with some research showing that 5–10% of the United States population meet the criteria.
    • Workaholism comes with a variety of serious mental and physical health concerns such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, lowered immunity, substance abuse, or even chronic fatigue.
    • Employees at the highest risk for stress-related disorders are those in what researchers call the "tense" group category where job demand is high but job control is low, such as healthcare workers.
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    These are the world’s greatest threats in 2021

    We look back at a year ravaged by a global pandemic, economic downturn, political turmoil and the ever-worsening climate crisis.

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    Billions are at risk of missing out on the digital leap forward, as growing disparities challenge the social fabric.

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    Spinal cord injury breakthrough makes paralyzed mice walk again

    Scientists regenerate damaged spinal cord nerve fibers with designer protein, helping paralyzed mice walk again.

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    • Researchers from Germany use a designer protein to treat spinal cord damage in mice.
    • The procedure employs gene therapy to regenerate damaged nerve fibers that carry signals to and from the brain.
    • The scientists aim to eventually apply the technique to humans.
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    10 things you may not know about anxiety

    Cold hands and feet? Maybe it's your anxiety.

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    • When we feel anxious, the brain's fight or flight instinct kicks in, and the blood flow is redirected from your extremities towards the torso and vital organs.
    • According to the CDC, 7.1% of children between the ages of 3-17 (approximately 4.4 million) have an anxiety diagnosis.
    • Anxiety disorders will impact 31% of Americans at some point in their lives.
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