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2nd Annual Experts Meeting on Depression, Anxiety and Stress Management, will be organized around the theme “Novel Discoveries and Strategies to Manage Depression, Anxiety and Stress”

Stress Management 2016 is comprised of 11 tracks and 74 sessions designed to offer comprehensive sessions that address current issues in Stress Management 2016.

Submit your abstract to any of the mentioned tracks. All related abstracts are accepted.

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Depression can be a disabling condition, and, like anxiety disorders, it may sometimes be linked to chronic stress. Individuals with a high level of work-related stress are more than twice as likely to experience a major depressive episode, compared with people who are under less stress. Evidence also suggests that certain people may be genetically susceptible to depression after they experience stressful life events.

It is actually a mixture of feeling low combined with symptoms of anxiety. The latter can range from waking up with a sinking feeling or butterflies in the stomach or panic attacks to full blown physical symptoms of acid indigestion, problems with swallowing, diarrhea, a feeling of tightness in the throat, difficulty breathing, weight loss, and a sureness that “something serious is wrong with me”.

  • Track 1-1Stress Affects Mental Health
  • Track 1-2Mental and Emotional Impact of Stress
  • Track 1-3Stress and the Mental Health of Children
  • Track 1-4Stress Disorders
  • Track 1-5Work Stress and Mental health
  • Track 1-6Stress and Illness
  • Track 1-7Stress Management

People who are less emotionally stable or who have high anxiety levels tend to experience specific events more stressfully than others. Some doctors describe an exaggerated negative response to stress as "catastrophe" the event (thinking of a problem as a catastrophe). However, research has found that patients with anxiety disorder do not have any differences in their actual physical response to stress (such as heart rate, blood pressure, or release of stress hormones) compared to people without anxiety.

  • Track 2-1Stress - Anxiety
  • Track 2-2Panic Disorder
  • Track 2-3Stress and Anxiety Test
  • Track 2-4Stress and Anxiety Symptoms
  • Track 2-5Stress and Anxiety Medication
  • Track 2-6Manage Anxiety and Stress

The central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) plays a crucial role in the body's stress mechanism. Whether one should interpret these mechanisms as the body’s response to a stressor or embody the act of depression itself is part of the ambiguity in defining what exactly stress is. Nevertheless, the central nervous system works closely with the body’s endocrine system to regulate these mechanisms. The sympathetic nervous system becomes primarily active during a stress response, regulating many of the body’s physiological functions in ways that ought to make an organism more adaptive to its environment.

  • Track 3-1Work, Health and Organizations
  • Track 3-2Impact of work stress
  • Track 3-3Workplace Bullying
  • Track 3-4Occupational Unintentional Injuries
  • Track 3-5Psychological and Biological Effects of Job Stress
  • Track 3-6Coping With Stress at Work
  • Track 3-7Cognitive Distortions and Negative Thinking

Stress can affect many aspects of physiology, and levels of stress, emotional status, and means of coping with stress can influence health and disease. It is your body's way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. Under stress, your body releases chemicals that can shut down your ability to think feel and act and your body's ability to repair itself.

The cause and symptoms may vary depending upon the source and the sufferer. The responsibility of a task assigned or taken when the potential of the doer exceeds may lead to stress or depression. Emptiness in life and a feeling of not getting love and care of near ones is also one of the important reasons to be considered. Negative emotions like greed, jealousy, hatred, inferiority complex, job or money insecurity, poor health, mental depression, fear etc. cause anxiety and sickness.

  • Track 4-1Major depressive disorder
  • Track 4-2stress and depression test
  • Track 4-3Bipolar depression
  • Track 4-4unipolar depression
  • Track 4-5Antidepressants
  • Track 4-6Depression, Anxiety and Stress
  • Track 4-7Exercise for Depression, Anxiety and Stress

Studies suggest that the inability to adapt to stress is associated with the onset of depression or anxiety.

Some evidence suggests that the repeated release of stress hormones produces hyperactivity in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) system, and disrupts normal levels of serotonin, the brain chemical that is critical for feelings of well-being. Some people appear to be more at risk for an overactive HPA system under psychological disorders, including those with personality traits that cause perfectionism. On a more obvious level, stress reduces quality of life by affecting feelings of pleasure and accomplishment. In addition, relationships are often threatened in times of stress.

Oxidative stress reflects an imbalance between the systemic manifestation of reactive oxygen species and a biological system's ability to readily detoxify the reactive intermediates or to repair the resulting damage. Disturbances in the normal redox state of cells can cause toxic effects through the production of peroxides and free radicals that damage all components of the cell, including proteins, lipids, and DNA.

 

  • Track 5-1Stress Influence Behavior?
  • Track 5-2Experimental models of behavior
  • Track 5-3Brain and Behavioral Disorders
  • Track 5-4sleep disorder
  • Track 5-5Eating Disorder
  • Track 5-6Behavioral Effects of Stress
  • Track 5-7Hallucinations
  • Track 5-8Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Track 5-9Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Healthcare costs are much higher in workers who are stressed or depressed than in others who are not stressed. Nearly half of American workers describe their jobs as very stressful, making job-related stress an important and preventable health hazard. In a struggling economy, worry about job loss produces a tremendous amount of stress.

Several studies are now suggesting that job-related stress is as great a threat to health as smoking or not exercising. Stress impairs concentration, causes sleeplessness, and increases the risk for illness, back problems, accidents, and lost time from work. Work stress can lead to harassment or even violence on the job. At its most extreme, chronic stress places a burden on the heart and circulation that in some cases may be fatal.

 

  • Track 6-1Traumatic Stress Studies
  • Track 6-2Psychological abuse and trauma
  • Track 6-3Experience of PTSD: Comorbidities and Stigmatization
  • Track 6-4Epidemiology of PTSD: Risk factors and Resilience
  • Track 6-5Physiology and Neurobiology of PTSD
  • Track 6-6PTSD: Caregivers and Family members
  • Track 6-7Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention of PTSD

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute stress disorders leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger.

These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a reaction to a very traumatic event, and it is typically classified as an anxiety disorder. The event that brings on PTSD is usually outside the norm of human experience, such as intense combat or sexual assault. The patient struggles to forget the trauma and frequently develops emotional numbness and event-related amnesia. Often, however, there is a mental flashback, and the patient re-experiences the painful circumstance in the form of dreams and disturbing thoughts and memories. These thoughts and dreams resemble or recall the trauma. Other symptoms may include a lack of pleasure in previously enjoyed activities, hopelessness, irritability, mood swings, sleep problems, inability to concentrate, and an excessive startle-response to noise.

Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people manage stress.

 

  • Track 7-1Acute Stress Disorder - PTSD
  • Track 7-2Acute Stress Disorder in Children
  • Track 7-3Acute Stress Disorder Symptoms
  • Track 7-4Diagnosis for acute stress reaction
  • Track 7-5Prognosis of acute stress disorders
  • Track 7-6Acute stress disorder DSM 5
  • Track 7-7Therapies of acute stress

People who are under chronic stress often turn to tobacco, alcohol and drugs for relief. Stress compounds the damage these self-destructive habits cause under ordinary circumstances. Many people also resort to unhealthy eating habits, smoking, or passive activities, such as watching television when they are stressed.

Alcohol affects receptors in the brain that reduce stress. Lack of nicotine increases stress in smokers, which creates a cycle of dependency on smoking.

The cycle is self-perpetuating: a sedentary routine, an unhealthy diet, alcohol abuse, and smoking all promote heart disease. They also interfere with sleep patterns, and lead to increased rather than reduced tension levels. Drinking four or five cups of coffee, for example, can cause changes in blood pressure and stress hormone levels similar to those produced by chronic stress. Animal fats, simple sugars, and salt are known contributors to health problems.

 

  • Track 8-1Heart disease
  • Track 8-2Asthma
  • Track 8-3Obesity
  • Track 8-4Diabetes
  • Track 8-5Headaches
  • Track 8-6Depression and Anxiety
  • Track 8-7Gastrointestinal problems
  • Track 8-8Accelerated aging
  • Track 8-9Premature death

Stress can be a factor in a variety of physical and emotional disability, which should be professionally treated. Many stress symptoms are mild and can be managed with over-the-counter medications (for example, aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen for tension headaches; antacids, anti-diarrhea medications, or laxatives for mild stomach distress). A physician should be consulted, however, for physical symptoms that are out of the ordinary, particularly those that get worse or wake a person up at night. A mental health professional should be consulted for unmanageable acute stress or for severe anxiety and depression. Often short-term therapy can resolve stress-related emotional problems.

The Depression Anxiety Stress Scales (DASS) and other assessment tools are available to help identify aspects of stress such as difficulty relaxing, nervous arousal and being agitated/irritable, and determine whether depression and/or anxiety are present as well. The DASS is available to the public online.

 

  • Track 9-1Strategies- Young and older adults
  • Track 9-2Guided imaginary and music therapy
  • Track 9-3Biofeedback, exercise, acupuncture and massage therapy
  • Track 9-4Gender differences
  • Track 9-5Herbal medication
  • Track 9-6Homeopathic
  • Track 9-7Allopathic- Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Track 9-8Critical incident stress debriefing
  • Track 9-9Transactional model
  • Track 9-10Organisational strategies

During stress, breathing becomes shallow and rapid. Taking a deep breath is an automatic and effective technique for winding down. Deep breathing exercises consciously intensify this natural physiologic reaction and can be very useful during a stressful situation, or for maintaining a relaxed state during the day.

Meditation, used for many years in Eastern cultures, is now widely accepted in this country as a relaxation technique. The goal of all meditative procedures, both religious and therapeutic, is to quiet the mind (essentially, to relax thought). Small studies have suggested that regular meditation can benefit the heart and help reduce blood pressure. Better research is needed, however, to confirm such claims.

 

  • Track 10-1Yoga and Meditation
  • Track 10-2Body, Breath and Mind management

Statistics: Global

In USA, 75% of adults continue to report moderate to high levels of stress. 10-15% of population remains depressed at any given time of the year. 80% of workers feel stress on job. Nearly 60% Chinese employees feel stress at workplace with the highest rise of 86%. Alarmingly 91% of Australians feel stress in at least one important aspect of their lives that costs approximately $14.2 billion to Australian economy. In 2007/08, an estimated 442,000 individuals in Britain experienced work-related stress that cost £28.3 billion per year.

According to the Fourth European Working Conditions Survey, stress was experienced by approximately 22% of workers from European Union. The highest level of stress was reported in Greece (55%), and then in Slovenia, Sweden (38%), and Latvia (37%). Lowest stress levels were noted in the United Kingdom (12%), Germany, Ireland, and Netherlands (16%). In Czech Republic (17%), and in France and Bulgaria (18%).

Mental Health Projects receive funding from various foundations across the globe. Baxter International Foundation, Hogg foundation- USA, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation- USA, Irish Hospice Foundation- Belgium, De Overmolen- Ireland, Samusocial- Belgium are few of them.

Major antidepressant producing industries i.e. Eli Lilly, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer etc. are investing and generating good revenues.

Statistics: Spain

Stress is most prevalent in the education and health sectors, as well as in agriculture, hunting, forestry & fishing. 42.9% workers from financial intermediation sector, 29% clerks and 24% technicians consulted a doctor most often about stress-related health issues. Symptoms diagnosed were difficulty in getting to sleep or sleeping badly, headaches, dizziness, and so forth.  MEDLINE, Spanish journals, reference lists, national databases, and European and Spanish official documents describe the current state of the MHCS that reveals the existence of great variability among the autonomous communities with respect to mental health resources and provision of care.

Currently, various Associations and Foundations are funding Mental Health Projects in Spain. Associacion Espanola de Neuropsiquiatria (AEN), FEAFES, Fundacion Intras, Fundacion Mundo Bipolar, Associacion Nacional de Enfermeria en Salud Mental Andalusian School of Public Health (EASP), ANAR Foundation etc. Also many Universities are providing a valuable support in the field of stress management. University of the Basque Country, University of Barcelona, University of Valencia are few of them.

 

  • Track 11-1Individual, Social, and Economic health impacts
  • Track 11-2 Majorly affected Countries and Communities
  • Track 11-3Stress management activities