Category: Rachel Merson

How to Maintain Your Sanity During a Winter From Hell

February 25th, 2015 in 2015, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Rachel Merson 0 comments

New York Magazine
Rachel Merson, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders

This winter has been insanely brutal for a big swath of the country: New York’s monuments are freezing over, Boston is literally buried in snow, and cities like Cleveland, Philly, and D.C. are experiencing their coldest temperatures since the 1990s…

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“In order to manage these uncomfortable emotions, it’s important for people to think about finding ways they can increase their sense of control. One’s emotions, behaviors, and thoughts are inextricably linked. Thus, though we may not be able to do anything to change the 90-plus inches of snow on the ground, we can change our way of relating to the snow, both behaviorally and cognitively, thereby giving us more control and reducing our stress and negative emotions.”

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After the Melt: Winter Anxiety Advice

February 20th, 2015 in 2015, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Rachel Merson 0 comments

NECN
Rachel Merson, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders

Dr. Rachel Merson, a pyschologist at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University, shares ideas on how to reduce snow-induced stress…

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How To Have a Happier Monday

April 8th, 2014 in 2014, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Rachel Merson 0 comments

Self
Rachel Merson, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders

Everyone struggles through weekday drudgery to reach their weekend fun. But what if you could reclaim every day of your life?

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“This type of anxiety can overwhelm your brain, making you less functional and less happy.”

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‘Selfie’ obsession: Snapping the picture, but missing the moment

January 19th, 2014 in 2014, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Rachel Merson 0 comments

Providence Journal
Rachel Merson, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders

The suggestive “twerk” and the techie “bitcoin” made the Oxford Dictionaries’ short list for international Word of the Year 2013. But “selfie” was number one, yet another sign of humanity’s unrelenting obsession with cameras…

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“The presence of cameras may lead to a sense of safety and security for some people. For others, particularly people vulnerable to anxiety, the [prominence] of observational systems in our nation’s cities fosters a feeling of threat and apprehension. To the anxious mind, the mere presence of so much surveillance becomes evidence that there is a reason to be afraid. It brings to the forefront of one’s thoughts all the possible devastating outcomes — from terrorist attacks to mass shootings to robberies — that the cameras are designed to capture.”

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Tips: How to deal with holiday stress

December 18th, 2013 in 2013, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, NECN, Newsmakers, Rachel Merson 0 comments

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Psychologist discusses healing in times of tragedy

October 24th, 2013 in 2013, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, NECN, Newsmakers, Rachel Merson 0 comments

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Rachel Merson, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders

A beloved Danvers, Mass. teacher, 24-year-old Colleen Ritzer was found murdered Wednesday morning…

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Preparing for school shootings: Gov. recommendation call on teachers and students to run & hide

August 13th, 2013 in 2013, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Rachel Merson, WFXT 0 comments

WFXT
Rachel Merson, College of Arts & Sciences. Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders

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