In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Knowing what triggers anxiety not always necessary to successfully treat it

By Stephen Whiteside, Ph.D.

JewishWorldReview.com | DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 34 and over the past few months have been feeling anxious and worried more often than not. I've never had issues with anxiety or depression before, and can't pinpoint anything that's led to my anxiety. What causes anxiety? At what point should I see a doctor?

ANSWER: Anxiety often stems from a combination of factors. A person's individual makeup -- your biology and genetics, for example -- certainly plays a role. But your circumstances and experiences have an impact, too. Sometimes it can be hard to identify the exact cause of anxiety. The good news is you don't always need to know what triggered anxiety to have it successfully treated. If anxiety is interfering with your daily life, see your doctor.

A variety of anxiety disorders exist. Some are conditions that have specific triggers and symptoms, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and phobias. In other cases, though, ongoing anxiety may come from a wide variety of sources. That condition is known as generalized anxiety disorder. It sounds like your situation could fall into this category.

Uncertainty is a big part of anxiety disorders. Of course, uncertainty is part of life. No one really knows how something is going to turn out. Whenever we get into a car, for example, there is always a possibility that the car could break down. But, for the most part, we don't worry about it. Generally, we accept that things will be OK unless we see a warning sign of danger.

For people with an anxiety disorder, that reasoning is flipped. Instead of feeling everything is OK unless there is a sign of a problem, they look for proof that everything is safe. If that proof is not evident, it's hard for them to shake their worry or fear.

Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health disorders in the United States. But they often go untreated. Studies show that only about 30 percent of people with an anxiety disorder get treatment. That's unfortunate because in many cases, anxiety disorders can be effectively treated.

Being unable to identify what led to anxiety is not necessarily an obstacle. Often it is more important to understand what a person is afraid of, or what is keeping the cycle of anxiety going. Once that's identified, then the cycle can be broken. One useful way to do that can be through behavior therapy.


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When people are anxious, they get caught up in their own thoughts, asking "what if" questions. When they try to turn off those fearful thoughts or push them away, it may help for a moment. But the thoughts creep back in quickly. In behavior therapy, professionals experienced in dealing with anxiety encourage people to face and accept their thoughts. Eventually, those thoughts begin to lose their power. They may still be annoying, but they become less frightening and more manageable. In time, they may go away and the anxiety fades with them.

A core part of many anxiety disorders is feeling hopeless, helpless, or out of control. People feel there's nothing they can do to make a difference. That can be very upsetting. Therapy for anxiety can help you feel more in control and able to take action to improve your situation. When you feel in control, it can help you feel better overall.

Of course, this is much easier said than done. Most people need professional help to effectively deal with problematic anxiety. For some, behavior therapy alone may not be enough, and medication can be useful in managing anxiety. If you feel anxiety is making your daily life difficult, set up an appointment to see your doctor. He or she can either help with treatment directly or put you in touch with a psychologist, psychiatrist, therapist or counselor in your area that has experience managing anxiety disorders. -- Stephen Whiteside, Ph.D., Psychiatry and Psychology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

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