A new study reports that with stressed-out and anxious patients it is harder and takes longer for wounds to heal. The more anxious patients are, the longer their wounds take to heal, according to health psychologist Professor John Weinman, from the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London As part of the study, Weinman and colleagues inflicted small 'punch' wounds on healthy volunteers whose levels of life stress were assessed using a standard questionnaire. The wounds of the least anxious participants were found to heal twice as fast as those of the most stressed. Changes in levels of the stress hormone cortisol reflected the differences in healing speed. A similar pattern emerged from an analysis of data from 22 studies by different research groups examining stress and wound healing. Previously, Weinman had shown that wound healing can be enhanced by psychological help aimed at addressing emotional stress. "My overall research interests are focused on investigating and assessing how patients perceive illness and treatment, and how this affects the way they respond to and recover from a range of physical health problems," the Times quoted Weinman as saying. "These studies focus specifically on how the life stresses people experience can impact on their ability to recover from different types of wound, such as those caused by surgical procedures and by different medical conditions, including venous leg ulcers. "I hope that these findings can now be used to identify psychological interventions to help speed up the recovery and healing process," Weinman added. The findings were presented at the Cheltenham Science Festival.Source: ANI << Exercising Together Can Be More Effective For Women Too Busy to Visit A Grave? If You're in Hong Kong, Pay Your... >> Recommended Reading Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), is a mental condition triggered by a traumatic event. PTSD treatment includes pyschotherapy, behavior therapy and medications. READ MORE Life Stress Test | Life Stressor Chart Take Life Stress Test (Life Stressor Chart) to check your stress level. Follow relaxation techniques and know how to relieve stress. Learn how to prevent stress using life stress test. READ MORE Stress Busters Today most of us are under stressful situations which is hard to avoid.Explore our simple and inexpensive stress relief tips. READ MORE Andropause / Male Menopause Andropause or male menopause causing low libido in a man is due to decreasing level of male hormones, like testosterone. Symptoms of andropause are depression, irritability. READ MORE Asperger´s Syndrome Asperger’s Syndrome or (AS) is a neurological condition marked by delay in the development of motor skills, difficulty in social interactions, strange facial expressions, misplaced gestures and fixed routines. . READ MORE Bereavement Bereavement is a word used to denote grief, pain and sadness following the loss of a loved one. READ MORE Heart Attack- Lifestyle risks Heart attack is the death of the heart muscle due to loss of blood supply. Simple guidelines to avoid heart attack are listed. READ MORE Hyperventilation Hyperventilation occurs when a person breathes in excess to the body’s requirement. READ MORE Is Your Man Moody? Women get confused by the behavior of men in their lives. It is time they realize that men too have frequent mood swings. READ MORE Palpitations And Arrhythmias Palpitations are unpleasant sensation of one’s own heartbeat. READ MORE Stress and the Gender Divide Stress has become entwined in the current lifestyle of a young working couple and has resulted in the rise in incidence of hypertension, diabetes and psychosomatic illnesses. READ MORE Xenophobia Xenophobia can be studied from two different perspectives. First as a medical condition ‘phobia’ second as a cultural and social malaise. Xenophobia can manifest itself in several ways in a country. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Selfie Addiction Calculator Post-Nasal Drip Pregnancy Confirmation Calculator More News on: Palpitations And ArrhythmiasAsperger´s SyndromeStress Relief Through Alternative MedicineStress and the Gender DivideAndropause / Male MenopauseHeart Attack- Lifestyle RisksHyperventilationBereavementXenophobiaIs Your Man Moody?