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  1. Dealing With Anxiety and Phobias

    Your heart pounds, your palms sweat, and you begin to tremble. These physical reactions to danger put your body on high alert. But if you're gripped with fear when there is little or no real danger, like when you're on a plane taxiing down a runway to take off, the real culprit may be anxiety. "Anxi

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  2. Is It Really Depression?

    This sad, hopeless feeling just can't go on. It's affecting your job, your life. It seems like depression. But could it be something more? Many people with depression also experience some degree of anxiety - anxiety that goes beyond the typical tension we experience when we face life's challenges. F

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  3. Coping With Anxiety

    Divorce, layoffs, threat of terrorism -- there's plenty of anxiety around for everyone these days. And very often, the source is something we can't change. How do you know when it's time to get help dealing with your anxieties? To better understand the underpinnings of anxiety -- and how to better c

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  4. Beyond 'White Coat Syndrome'

    When Dorothea Lack was a little girl, she hid under a doctor's desk to avoid a vaccination. Undaunted, the doctor crawled under the desk and vaccinated her then and there. Lack said the incident provoked a fear of doctors that followed her into adulthood. "I didn't feel I could trust them," says Lac

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  5. The United States of Anxiety

    By Lauren Iannotti It's the most common mental illness in America. One worrywart stares down her (and our) tendency to fret.   Actually, much of the country does — anxiety disorders affect nearly 40 million Americans. Author Patricia Pearson explores our national epidemic in her new book, A Brief Hi

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  6. Conquering Fear of Public Speaking

    Steve Tingley’s promotion came with a new duty he dreaded. When the 52-year-old was appointed director of media services for a Madison, Wis., insurance company, he was expected to make presentations to other divisions and outside groups. “I’d break out in a sweat, get very nervous, stutter on the st

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  7. The Truth About Phobias

    Weddings are generally joyous occasions, but not so for Marissa Wolicki, 25, of Toronto, Canada, who reluctantly attended one recently with her boyfriend. "All of a sudden, the room started to spin. I started to feel really nauseated. My heart went pound-pound-pound-pound. I grabbed my boyfriend's h

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  8. Worried Sick? Help for Hypochondria

    According to his doctor, Rich David is a healthy 32-year-old man. Yet for years, David has believed otherwise.  All it takes is a swollen gland or an upset stomach to set him off. Immediately, he assumes -- he knows -- that he's fatally ill. "I'll waste days researching gruesome cancers on the Inter

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  9. Your Child and Anxiety: School Stress Starts Early

    Call it pressure. Call it great expectations. Whatever its name the result is the same: school stress. It starts as soon as kindergarten. It turns play into competitive sport. It turns the joy of learning into a struggle to excel. It turns friends into social connections and charitable acts into a l

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  10. How to Conquer Your Fear of Flying

    Mary Avis had been a white-knuckle flyer for years. But on one fateful flight from Virginia to Boston several years ago, her fear finally took complete control. Although the weather was clear and the flight was smooth, Avis panicked. "I was sure that if I stood up, the floor would collapse and I'd f

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