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  1. Depression: Asking Loved Ones for Help

    When Scott Davis, 38, was suffering from major depression, he confided in his sister-law. “One day I found myself talking to her about all my fears about the depression, and the medication and therapy I was beginning. I was overcome with anxiety about my future, and she said, ‘I’ve been there.’ Thos

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  2. Daily Words of Wisdom

    By Beth Levine So stressed you could scream? This simple strategy can take you from panic to peace in a single phrase. We all know what it's like to be on the brink of losing it. Overstuffed schedules, the competing demands of family and work, the sting of setbacks and disappointments, and the traum

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  3. Why Am I So Angry?

    America is in the midst of an anger epidemic. From traffic jams to computer glitches to friends who don’t show up when they say they will, there’s never been a shortage of things to get mad about. And now, fallout from the economic crisis -- lost jobs, shrunken nest eggs, etc. -- seems to be amplify

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  4. After Baby is Born: Postpartum Depression and Relationships

    When Tina Merritt gave birth to her son Graham six years ago, she expected what all new mothers expect: a joyous experience getting to know her baby. Instead, she found that she was terrified of her own child. “I came home and I cried for hours straight. I was afraid that somebody would leave me alo

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  5. When Too Much Shopping Becomes a Problem

    Shopaholics are often born innocently enough. For Lynn Braz, for instance, shopping was a bona fide hobby until a pair of family tragedies pushed her over the edge. "When my sister died, the shopping went out of control," says the 47-year-old San Francisco writer. "The next thing I bought was going

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  6. Compulsive Overeating and How to Stop It

    Does the ice cream in the freezer keep calling your name? Can't resist a jumbo bucket of popcorn at the movies? Powerful forces you don't recognize may be driving you to overeat, according to a new book by former FDA Commissioner David Kessler, MD. The culprits: fat, salt, sugar, and brain chemistry

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  7. The Health Benefits of Dreams

    Sometimes dreams make a lot of sense -- like when we’ve been working hard and we end up dreaming, alas, that we’re still at work. Other times the meaning of dreams is less clear. That doesn’t mean the dream isn’t important to our well-being, however.   Retired teacher Barbara Kern can vividly recall

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  8. Meditation Heals Body and Mind

    Often thought of as a hippy-dippy practice aimed at transcendence, meditation is coming into its own as a stress-reduction technique for even the most type-A kind of people. In 2005, for instance, severe chest pains sent Michael Mitchell to the emergency room in fear of a heart attack. It turned out

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  9. Depression: When It’s All in the Family

    Researchers are becoming increasingly aware that depression runs in families -- sometimes across multiple generations. If Lynne Boschee were to draw her family tree of depression, for instance, it would branch across three generations to include her father and her brother and his two teen-aged child

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  10. Web Confessions: Guilty Pleasure or Healthy Habit?

    These days, more and more people are engaged in “web confessions” -- baring their secrets to online communities, often anonymously. It can feel great in the short-term; it’s a chance to come clean about long-held secrets and bond with others who have had similar experiences. But is it a healthy habi

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