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  1. Social Phobia? Drugs, Therapy Work Equally Well

    Oct. 4, 2004 -- For relief from social phobia, antidepressants or talk therapy will work equally well. Combining the therapies, however, does not provide any greater benefit, new research shows. In the U.S., social phobia is a widespread problem -- one that leads to suicide attempts, numerous health

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. New Insights on Anxiety, Sleep Disorders

    Aug. 18, 2004 -- Millions of people are affected by anxiety and sleep disorders. Now, researchers may be one step closer to understanding -- and eventually resolving -- these complicated conditions after studying a newly discovered brain protein.   The protein is called neuropeptide S, and it "poten

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  5. How to Maximize Life Satisfaction

    Aug. 18, 2004 -- Want a more satisfying life? Overcoming any depression you may feel and improving your outlook on life might make the difference, researchers say. Depression and positive emotions and cheerfulness are the personality traits that most influence life satisfaction, report Canadian psyc

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  6. 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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  7. Americans Pressed for Time but Fewer Stressed

    May 5, 2004 -- Nearly half of Americans feel they just don't have enough time in the day to do what they want in their lives, according to a new Gallup poll. But researchers say the results show that despite feeling pressed for time, fewer Americans say they're stressed out on a daily basis. The pol

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  8. 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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  9. Therapy Eases Hypochondriacs' Physical Pain

    March 23, 2004 -- How can patients be "cured" when they continue to believe they are seriously ill despite all medical reassurances and other evidence to the contrary? It's a question that has long stymied doctors who treat the one in 20 Americans with hypochondria. Now, a possible answer: Cognitive

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  10. Missing Brain Protein Tied to Panic Disorder

    Jan. 22, 2004 -- Panic disorder has now been linked to a missing protein -- a key component in chemical messaging in the brain, a new study shows. The study, which appears in this week's Neuroscience, sheds new light on the phenomenon of panic disorder -- the intensely fearful "out-of-the-blue" symp

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