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Brain science suggests mind wandering can help manage anxiety

By: Srini Pillay, MD, Contributing Editor, Harvard Health Publications When we think of anxiety disorders, we generally think of them as uncomfortable emotional responses to threat. These responses may include symptoms such as palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, trembling, or absolute paralysis. While there is nothing inherently wrong in thinking about anxiety this way, a recent study pointed out that there is an entirely different way of thinking about anxiety that may be even…

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