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    1. 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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    2. Recognizing Childhood Depression and Anxiety

      Depression in children is an increasingly recognized problem. Learn the symptoms of childhood depression. Sometimes kids get sad. They may act depressed. Most kids get over the worst of these symptoms in a couple of days. Some don't. Parents, if they know to look, can tell the difference, says Maril

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    3. Anxiety at Work: A Career-Busting Condition

      Katrina Gay always worried about her on-the-job performance, but she used the anxiety to her advantage by pushing herself to produce quality work. After the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, however, she felt a little less in control. "I would wake up in the middle of the night and my heart would

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    4. Under Pressure: What Is a Panic Attack?

      A man in his mid-40s is rushed to an emergency room. He is sweating, his heart is racing, and he can't catch his breath. He and his wife are convinced he is having a heart attack. He could be-only, this time, the ER doctors tell him his heart is just fine. What he's having is a panic attack. Though

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    5. Self-Injury: One Family's Story

      Dawn was a junior in high school when her secret was discovered - she was practicing self-harm, she was cutting herself. That was eight years ago. Today, Dawn is nearly 25, and has transformed herself and her life. She has focused her career goals on helping others with emotional problems. Dawn and

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    6. Holiday Survival for the Ultra Shy

      From surviving small talk with Aunt Mary on Thanksgiving to sidestepping the mistletoe at the office Christmas party, shy people may view the holiday season as a daunting obstacle course. If you're one of them, you're in good company. According to surveys by the Shyness Research Institute at Indiana

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    7. Alternatives for Mood Disorders

      There's growing evidence that caviar, exercise, SAM-e, even meditation can help ease mood disorders. Sounds like more fun than antidepressants -- but psychiatrists don't take it lightly. In fact, some are concerned. People who rely on alternatives too much -- who don't get treatment that is proven t

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    8. Hope and Hurricanes: Emotional Survival Tips

      Last year's Gulf Coast hurricanes are a ruthless reminder of nature's power. Every year, the names change, but the devastation doesn't. Although hurricanes come and go, the destruction they often leave behind can haunt lives and regions for weeks, months, and years afterwards. "The end of the storm

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    9. The Fear Factor: Phobias

      Phobias come in many different forms. Acrophobia is the fear of heights. Aviophobia is the fear of flying. Felinophobia is the fear of cats. Myxophobia is the fear of slime. Xyrophobia is the fear of razors. While some are well-recognized, others are unheard of, but whatever the phobia, the person s

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    10. How to Find a Therapist

      You need to find a therapist. Your life, your child, your marriage is suffering. But for many people, this task is daunting. There's the alphabet soup of PhDs, PsyDs, MDs, MSs, and MSWs, not to mention all the labels -- psychiatrist, psychologist, marriage & family therapist, family counselor, licen

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