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AIS is extremely proud that COL Kathy T. Platoni, the Chairwoman of our Combat Stress Board, was honored as one of Dayton’s Top Ten Women.
The American Institute of Stress is proud to announce that COL Kathy Platoni, chairwoman of our Combat Stress Board has been named one of Dayton’s Top Ten Women.

AIS Fellow and Former Combat Stress Editor, Alison Lighthall, has been awarded the National Education Association’s NEA Art of Teaching Prize.
The American Institute of Stress is proud to announce that our Combat Stress editor, AIS Fellow Alison Lighthall, was awarded The National Education Association’s Art of Teaching Prize for 2012 defined as: “A $2,500 award for an article that illuminates one educator’s approach to the complex and tangible dynamic that inspires a love of learning or an article that offers practical approaches to improve teaching and learning at the college level” for her article “Ten Things You Should Know About Today’s Student Veteran” published in the 2012 edition of Thought and Action.
Read the full article: Ten Things You Should Know About Today’s Student Veteran.

Beach State of Mind
Heidi Hanna, Ph.D. talks with Good Morning San Diego about the benefits of being at the beach, and how you can train your brain to tap into the benefits through mindfulness practices that include cuing calming sensations.
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HLN – CNN – Stress in America 
Dr. Heidi Hanna talks with CNN about tension in the nation – protests, shootings, safety, money stressing out Americans.
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Stressed Out
Natural Practitioner magazine interviewed AIS President Daniel Kirsch Ph.D., DAAPM, FAIS about caring for patients with long-term stress and anxiety disorders.
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What is #TrumpTrauma
AIS  Fellow Dr. Heidi Hanna Joins The Joy Cardin Show on Wisconsin Public Radio.
“Throughout the two and a half weeks of Donald Trump’s Presidency, many Americans have claimed a rise in stress levels, insomnia, and general discontentment. We speak with our guest about the hashtag ‘Trump trauma,’ how this affliction is affecting many and ways to set boundaries from constant news of panic and protest.”
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People Are Suffering From ‘Trump Trauma.’ Here’s Why, and What to Do About It.
Yahoo interviewed  Heidi Hanna, Ph.D. and AIS Fellow Dr. Srini Pillay about the “frenzied news cycle of terror, pain, and protest” after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
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Is Your Brain Chemically Dependent on Stress?
Heidi Hanna, Ph.D., FAIS was recently interviewed on the topic.
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Saudi Gazette-Conference skirmishes with cholesterol, statins, and statistics
The subjects of cholesterol, statins, and statistics, the hot topics of debate in an increasingly skeptical medical world, came under attack at the King of Organs heart conference in Hofuf Tuesday.
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Katie Couric interviews AIS Fellow Dr. Cindy Ackrill on the epidemic of stress in America
katie couricKatie’s Take:
Stress is an inevitable part of everyone’s life and while many of us just grin and bear it, there is, in fact, a science behind stress …and, believe it or not, we actually need small doses of it to function.

I spoke to Cindy Ackrill, who is from the American Institute of Stress and also the President of Wellspark, to learn more about stress.

According to Cindy, stress is defined as our reaction to a perceived threat. Of course, each person has their own unique set of stress triggers, so it can mean very many different things to different people.

People today seem to be more stressed than ever before, which Cindy attributes to the financial crisis, unhealthy lifestyle choices, a general disconnect from others and even lack of sleep.

Although we need a little stress to motivate us in our day to day activities, excessive amounts can be dangerous and have harsh effects on the body. Common symptoms of stress include headaches, stomachaches, and fatigue. In more extreme cases, stress has been known to contribute to strokes, heart disease, and even cancer.

It can also take a toll on relationships.

Cindy says managing stress is really all about managing our physical, mental and emotional energy. There are professionals who specialize in helping people deal with stress, but getting enough sleep, some exercise and even deep breaths are a great start!

When Stress is Good For You- Wall Street Journal
January 24th, 2012 –
Stress: It can propel you into “the zone,” spurring peak performance and well-being. Too much of it, though, strains your heart, robs you of memory and mental clarity and raises your risk of chronic disease.

A little stress is helpful for peak performance, but too much can literally shut down the brain. Sue Shellenbarger on Lunch Break looks at how you stay in the good stress zone and tell if you’re tipping into bad.

How do you get the benefits—and avoid the harmful effects?

Read the full article: When Stress is Good for You WSJ 1 24 2012

APA’s Latest Stress Survey
January 15, 2012 –
“In other words, it’s time to stress about stress before stress stresses us out.” – The latest stress survey from the American Psychological Association (APA)
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Stress Levels Dip- NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams
January 11, 2012 –
The USA’s average stress level in 2011 was 5.2 on a 10-point scale, down from 6.2 in 2007, says the survey by the American Psychological Association. But that doesn’t mean we’re not feeling stressed — 39% of those surveyed say their stress rose last year; 17% say it dropped, and 44% say it stayed the same.
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Americans are stressed- USA Today
Americans are stressed, USATODAY

Southern Fried Fitness Radio- Interviewing Daniel Kirsch, Ph.D. AIS President on stress management in daily life
November 8, 2011 –
Southern Fried Fitness- The Robin Shea Show
By: The world leader in internet talk

One hour interview with Daniel Kirsch, Ph.D., FAIS on Stress Management in daily life.
Segment 1- Daniel Kirsch, Ph.D. speaks about the history and mission of The American Institute of Stress, defines stress and the three stages of the stress reaction.

Segment 2- Daniel Kirsch, Ph.D. continues his discussion on the three stages of the stress reaction.

Segment 3- Daniel Kirsch, Ph.D. answers questions and discusses various treatment methods.

Segment 4 – Daniel Kirsch, PhD highlights some simple techniques to help cope with stress.