South Dakota schools redesign classrooms to ease stress
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Rapid City schools are tapping into the use of color, lighting and furniture to give students lower-stress environments. These redesign efforts support district's focus on...
WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Bentley University has plenty of success stories among its faculty and alumni. But one recent evening, the school invited students to hear about the failures.
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — A Mandan elementary school has launched a new stress-relief program in which students write, direct and perform their own stage plays, and a performance for parents is planned...
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's corrections agency is working with a Massachusetts hospital to address mental health, stress and trauma impacting staffers and inmates.
Millennial money: Minimalism can declutter finances, too
Christian Matney, 22, and his wife, Aubry, 23, haven't let their youth hinder them from big financial goals.
The Austin, Texas-based couple — content creators at YouTube channel The Matneys...
Suicide prevention project aims to help distressed farmers
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Financial struggles led Leon Statz to sell his 50 dairy cows, causing the third-generation farmer to become depressed.
Then land next to his 200-acre farm near Loganville went up for sale — land his late father had said he should buy. Statz, who didn't have the money, became hopeless.
On Oct. 8, the day the adjacent property hit the market; Statz killed himself on his farm. He was 57.
The Latest: Prosecutor isn’t seeking criminal charges
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The Latest on the death of a teenager while in police custody (all times local):
A Maryland prosecutor said he isn't asking a grand jury to consider criminal charges in the death of a black teenager who struggled with police officers and experienced "sudden cardiac death."
Idaho TSA officers say shutdown is hard on stress levels
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal workers charged with protecting airline passengers as they fly out of Boise say the partial government shutdown is creating anxiety.
Uncertainty is causing TSA officers frustration and stress, KTVB-TV reported. They are required to work without knowing when they'll be paid again, said Rebecca Wolf, executive vice president of the Local 1127 union chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees.
Paramedic’s stress disorder costs him his career
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln paramedic went on hundreds of emergency calls before the one that took he says took his soul.
Rob Ravndal said a service dog he acquired, Pride, has helped calm his anxieties but Pride couldn't save his job.
The drowning of a 3-year-old in October 2015 sent Ravndal — a father of young children — into a spiral and an eventual diagnosis of a post-traumatic stress disorder. He struggled at home and at work.
Support group for restaurant workers starting in Durango
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Restaurant workers face high-pressure, low pay, odd hours and sometimes unrelenting working conditions. As a result, those employees tend to be more susceptible to stress, unhealthy drinking habits and mental health issues.
Colorado AG releases report on youth suicide causes
FRISCO, Colo. (AP) — A study finds that poor economies and the associated stress on families and adolescents is a common factor for high teen suicide rates in rural areas of Colorado.
Minnesota farmers address stress, mental health at workshop
SAUK CENTRE, Minn. (AP) — Brenda Rudolph went in February for her first physical in three years, and she flipped out on her doctor about the price of milk, the 38-year-old dairy farmer and blogger said.
After that doctor's visit, Rudolph started seeing a counselor, addressed a vitamin deficiency and noticed her negative thoughts about being a failure.
After 33 years on job, dispatcher says ‘Rule of 80’ needed
NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Pam Myers is among the few dispatchers in Idaho to retire in that position.
For 33 years, Myers has taken good and bad calls, first for the Caldwell Police Department starting in 1985 and then for 24 years with the Nampa Police Department.
Italy: Teen, club owners investigated in fatal stampede
ROME (AP) — Italian prosecutors said Monday they have placed eight people, including one minor, under investigation in connection with a stampede at a packed nightclub that killed six people, five of them teenagers.
Nebraska experts offer tips to manage holiday stress
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The holidays can be stressful, but experts say there are ways to keep that manageable.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says making a budget for holiday gifts is important because financial worries are a common source of stress.
Finding ways to limit your commitments during the holidays is helpful because it is such a busy time.
Topeka woman sells dough to relieve stress
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Jennifer Malcolm's popular Etsy business evolved out of her desire to break a bad habit, and because of a back injury.
A couple of years ago, she was down with an injured back and bored. Looking for things to do, she delved into her early education background to make some dough — think of it as Play-Doh for adults — because she was biting her fingernails. Anxiety has always been a challenge for her, she said.
How paying attention to trauma is changing this school
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Broughal Middle School Principal Rick Amato recently encountered a student wearing his jacket inside the school building.
That's a violation of the school rules. Three years ago, Amato might have taken a hard line with the boy, demanding he take the coat off.
“I don’t feel real”: Mental stress mounting after Michael
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Amy Cross has a hard time explaining the stress of living in a city that was splintered by Hurricane Michael. She's fearful after hearing gunshots at night, and she's confused because she no longer recognizes the place where she's spent her entire 45 years.
"I just know I don't feel real, and home doesn't feel like home at all," Cross said.
Dodging nerves, skier Shiffrin vows to enjoy ride
On particularly stressful occasions, Mikaela Shiffrin can feel the anxiety build moments before her run. Her throat tightens, and her eyes water. Her suit feels way too tight, and her stomach churns.
Meeting will focus on stress caused by recent tornadoes
CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — Officials in Chesterfield County will host a "stress debriefing" meeting for residents and businesses affected by the recent tornadoes that ripped through the area.
The meeting is designed to provide insight about what behaviors are normal following a disaster, advice about how to relieve anxiety and stress, and to connect residents to resources for help.
Mississippi starts stress-reduction rooms for prison workers
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi prison system is creating stress-reduction rooms for employees amid complaints that guards and others are overworked and underpaid.
The Department of Corrections emailed a memo to employees this week saying Corrections Commissioner Pelicia Hall is having the rooms created at all sites operated by the department.
The memo says the quiet room at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman includes a massage chair, nature sounds and wellness reading materials.
Yoga could reduce Mississippi inmates’ stress, couple says
GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi couple with business connections to The Trump Organization says yoga could relieve stress in prisons.
Dinesh and Parveen Chawla propose teaching yoga, meditation and breathing techniques to Mississippi inmates. They say the classes could help inmates control anger, and that could help keep people from later returning to prison.
Family that survived Vegas attack says comfort dog was shot
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state family that survived the mass shooting last year at a Las Vegas concert says a neighbor shot and killed the dog they got to deal with stress and anxiety from the attack.
The neighbor was cited by police for recklessly firing a gun and declined to comment.
Nebraska colleges try new ways to help students seeking
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — College is presented in movie and myth as a rollicking time of high jinks and happiness.
In reality, it can be a challenging transition for many students, a time of vulnerability and stress.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming education officials and students say increased access to health care for students is needed to keep schools safe.
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Chris Palmer, American University School of Communication
(THE CONVERSATION) Entering high school can be an exciting experience, but for some teenagers it can also be scary, intimidating and confusing.
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DETROIT (AP) — Wayne State University researchers are working with a refugee resettlement agency on efforts that aim to ease anxiety, depression and stress among Syrian refugees in the Detroit area.
The Wayne State School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences has developed the project with Samaritas, the state's largest resettlement organization. The program includes a dance class for children, art therapy for teenagers and yoga for women.
CHICAGO (AP) — Doctors have long known that separating families and other traumatic events can damage children's well-being. More recent research has shed some light on how that may happen: Severe early adversity may cause brain changes and "toxic stress," resulting in lasting psychological and physical health problems.
CANNES, France (AP) — Born in Massachusetts, raised outside Washington D.C. and a resident of New York, director Debra Granik has lived a filmmaking life more intrepid than her own. Her films, fictional and documentary, have taken place in upstate New York, rural Missouri and, now, the Oregon woods.
PLUMSTEAD, Pa. (AP) — From an area that looks more like a yoga and recreation room than a traditional classroom, a new kind of learning was unfolding at Groveland Elementary School in Plumstead.
Fourth-grader Jordan Pieczynski jogged in place beneath a ceiling covered in clouds. A few minutes later, first-grader Adrian Yaeger closed his eyes and smiled as he pictured himself having fun at recess. Second-grader Dustin Balascia bounced on a trampoline.
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Police Sgt. Tim Firchau was on the scene when the bodies of two children were removed from a freezer in a Detroit townhouse. He says the image is difficult to shake.
"Having worked in homicide for 12 years, I've probably seen every type of horrific death you can imagine," Firchau said. "But seeing two small children in a freezer ... it still gives me nightmares.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Most young adults haven't given much thought to their own needs as they get older, but a significant number are already providing long-term care for older loved ones, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
And while those who have caregiving experience put in fewer hours than their older counterparts, they're more likely to feel stressed out by the experience.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man charged with nearly cutting off his teenage niece's head says he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder because of the tribal violence he witnessed while living in his native Congo.
NEW YORK (AP) — Two major organizations that promote birth control filed lawsuits in federal court Wednesday seeking to block the Trump administration from shifting national family planning policy to stress abstinence and potentially limit counseling for adolescents.
Finding the balance: Realistic expectations reduce stress of buying or selling
Buying or selling a house can be an emotionally fraught time.
If you’re buying, you’re embarking on one of the biggest financial decisions of your life, but it’s much more personal than investing in the stock market.
You’ll live in the space and make memories there. And someday, you’ll probably sell the house, triggering its own set of emotions.
Delays in mental competency case stress victim’s family
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Four years of waiting. Four years of hell.
Through a maddening series of canceled court dates, the family of Angel Stevens has waited for the person accused of killing Stevens to move through the court system for some glimpse of closure and justice.
‘Cry Closet’ helps University of Utah students de-stress
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A University of Utah student has created a space to help his peers cope with their testing anxiety — The Cry Closet.
KSL-TV reports senior Nemo Miller created the 400-pound (181.4 kilograms), stand-alone closet for students who need a "safe space sometimes, even if it's in a very public place."
Weddings are stress factories for many a bride and groom
NEW YORK (AP) — Weddings are festive, but they're often mega-stressful for bride and groom. Multiply that by about a million and it's a wonder Meghan Markle is still upright as her May 19 royal nuptials crawl ever closer.
Her prince, Harry, was born into "The Firm," but Markle is a newbie, so how does a high-profile bride like herself manage all that wedding pressure?
She can approach her big day like the commoner she remains for the moment and seize some time for herself while she still can.
Dear Doctor: My son just got a job working construction in Houston, which means he's surrounded by noise pretty much all the time. A family friend says he read that all that noise might be bad for my son's health, including his heart. Just how strong is the connection between heart disease and noise pollution?
By BRENDA LUCAS
For The Herald-Dispatch
HUNTINGTON - For the most part, the doors of the winter season have closed, but shivers continue to be felt up the spine for some as Tax Day draws close.
April is the month of rain, blooming flowers, springtime birds and filing income tax returns - Tax Day - on April 17. Although not a day many people get off work, one might say it is a prominent holiday for the federal government.
Due to uncontrollable factors such as weather conditions, machinery, and stock markets, farmers and ranchers can experience high levels of stress that can lead to mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety.
Farmers and ranchers are five times more likely to commit suicide than the general population, according to the National Farmers Union.
Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska noticed the increasing numbers of people in rural areas seeking mental health treatments.
In the 1959 Peter Sellers movie "The Mouse that Roared," the British funny man plays three roles in a story about how an inconsequential European Duchy attacks and defeats America. Sellers' roles as Grand Duchess Gloriana, Prime Minister Count Rupert Mountjoy and game warden Tully Bascombe all contribute to the same result — a riotous sendup of global politics.
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Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, TX — Stress. We’ve all felt it. We all deal with it differently. But what do you do when it becomes overwhelming? Even better, how do you prevent it from becoming overwhelming?
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KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — We all have multiple stressors in our life, whether it be due to work, home, over-exercising or not eating a nutritionally adequate diet.
As Americans, we have become accustomed to stress, but learning how to manage stress seems to be more difficult and often we turn to food for comfort. Any type of stress can cause our body’s hormones to fluctuate, which can lead to becoming overweight.
Hockey dads Bourque, Donato bear stress of watching US sons
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Ted Donato wasn't worried about family bragging rights.
Watching from the stands while son Ryan played in the Olympic quarterfinals, he couldn't do much but be anxious, anyway.
"Just a nervous dad watching the games," Ted Donato said.