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Dogs and cats acting strangely? On Tuesday's St. Louis on the Air, an animal behaviorist stepped in to answer your questions about animal behavior.
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Schools are closed. Libraries are closed. Many restaurants have closed — with more almost certainly on the way. Health officials say all of those measures are essential, as the ongoing spread of coronavirus has led to best practices of “social distancing.” 

But in addition to COVID-19, the coronavirus has also spread widespread angst. People are worried about their jobs and their families, even as they confront a seemingly endless cascade of worrying headlines.

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, listeners shared their ideas for de-stressing in a stressful time, along with two experts: Tony Buchanan, a professor of psychology at St. Louis University and co-director of its neuroscience program, and Dr. Jessi Gold, an assistant professor in Washington University’s Department of Psychiatry.  

The Sanvello app is available to all University of Missouri students at all of its campuses 02-21-20
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Stress, anxiety and depression can be part of the college experience for many students, so the University of Missouri System is hoping a mobile app can help them cope better and be healthy.

The university purchased the rights for students on the campuses in Columbia, St. Louis, Kansas City and Rolla to download and use the app called Sanvello. Normally it costs $8.95 a month. 

It has functions including self-assessments, guided meditations, breathing exercises and behavioral studies that are designed to help manage mental health issues.

Matt Grawitch (at left), director of strategic research for SLU’s School for Professional Studies, and Dena Bubrick-Tranen, a therapist with Middle Way Counseling and Consulting, offered insights on dealing with difficult work environments.
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Ever felt stuck in a problematic job situation? You’re not alone.

The #MeToo movement has led to increased awareness and empowerment around issues of sexual harassment and assault in all sorts of industries. But other forms of mistreatment can crop up in the workplace as well, and employees sometimes feel trapped in difficult environments.

“People do need their jobs, and the more toxic the environment, the harder it can be to leave,” local therapist Dena Bubrick-Tranen said on Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 29, 2013 - The next time your pastor, rabbi or imam gives a fine sermon praise him or her. When a spiritual leader returns from a few days off, avoid adding guilt by saying he or she was missed when air-conditioning went kaput. Instead, say welcome back and say you hope the well-deserved time off was restful.

A new study says it’s good for their mental health.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 25, 2012 - "Taking Care of You: Body, Mind, Spirit" sounds like the title of lecture at a mountain retreat, run by a guru promising to reveal the path to self-knowledge in exchange for a fee.

The title is actually the name of a home-grown program connected to the University of Missouri Extension. The program is an evidence-based approach to helping people understand stress and its indirect impact on health, says Molly Vetter-Smith, an assistant professor and state specialist for health education, with the University of Missouri's School of Medicine and the Extension Service.

Job stress takes a toll on health

Feb 22, 2012

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 22, 2012 - When people say, “My job is making me sick,” they might be speaking literally.

At a time when unemployment is high, job security is low and financial concerns are paramount, many with jobs are working as hard as they can to avoid layoffs or earn overtime pay. Some are working two or more jobs to make ends meet. And millions of Americans have taken low-wage jobs despite being qualified for work that would pay higher salaries.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 24, 2011 - Like most parents, Vicki Abeles wanted her children to have things she never had.

And they did -- headaches, stomach aches, sleepless nights and a seemingly endless round of responsibilities and activities, all tied to a high-pressure school atmosphere that said if you aren't the best, you're not trying hard enough.