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    1. Exercise and Depression: Expert Q&A

      Depression is draining. It can make any type of exertion -- going to the grocery store, cleaning up the yard, or exercising -- seem daunting. "Energy loss is one of the key characteristics of depression. Some people feel that it’s the key characteristic of depression," says Robert E. Thayer, PhD, a

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    2. Conquering Meth Addiction: Carren Clem's Story

      I never expected to become a drug addict. I grew up in rural Montana. My dad worked as a narcotics cop, so my siblings and I knew how bad drugs were. I played violin, had my own pony, did well in school, and went to church. But in sixth grade, I started having social problems. I was teased and exclu

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    3. Got a Problem? Try Sleeping on It

      When it comes to problem solving, getting enough sleep may truly be the secret to success. Take the case of Kate Miller, the owner of Charlie's Playhouse, a maker of science education toys. Miller had been wrestling with a problem for weeks. But one morning the answer popped into her mind as she wok

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    4. Eating Disorders: Not Just a Teen Problem

      You might think of anorexia and bulimia as adolescent disorders, but it's a problem plaguing adults, too. Anorexia, in which people have an intense fear of gaining weight and drastically restrict their food intake, cuts across ethnic and socioeconomic boundaries. But it strikes mostly women: About 9

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    5. 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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    6. Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Depression Symptoms

      Sadness. Irritability. Obsessive thoughts. Extreme moods. The symptoms of depression, anxiety disorder, and bipolar disorder often seem the same. It's not always easy for doctors to determine which mood disorder, or combination, a patient has. Here are some questions that will help both you and your

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    7. 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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    8. Depression and Divorce

      The 20-something couple, married just a few years, was eagerly looking forward to the birth of their first baby. Labor and delivery went fine, and the baby was born healthy. But problems began when the new mom, overwhelmed by motherhood, suffered depression. "The husband had to take care of everythi

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    9. When You Don't Drink But Your Friends Do

      There's no graceful way out: Your best friend's getting married. Your boss says the holiday party is mandatory. Your mom expects you to play Santa on Christmas, like always. But now that you're sober, you're nervous about social functions where everyone will be drinking and expecting you to follow s

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    10. Midlife Crisis: Transition or Depression?

      What's a midlife crisis? It's the stuff of jokes and stereotypes -- the time in life when you do outrageous, impractical things like quit a job impulsively, buy a red sports car, or dump your spouse. For years, midlife crisis conjured those images. But these days, the old midlife crisis is more like

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