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  1. 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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  2. Life, Made from Scratch

    In the simple act of baking, one woman found herself again.

  3. How I Learned to Stop Hating My Mother

    By Gretchen Voss "What about me?" I spat at my mother as she sat frail and broken in a wheelchair, her legs too wasted to carry her emaciated body. It was Christmas of 1999, and my father, two brothers, and I were at a family-counseling session during my mother's second — though not her last — stint

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  4. The Dalai Lama's Advice on Depression

    Have your job, your mortgage -- your life -- pushed you into depression? The Dalai Lama can help. The ancient practices of Tibetan Buddhism -- meditation, mindfulness, empathy, and compassion -- are offering world-weary Americans a better perspective on life and its hardships. By feeling compassion

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  5. 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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  6. Bipolar Disorder: Handling the Holidays

    The holidays can be a tricky for anyone. But people with bipolar disorder may anticipate November and December holidays with real dread -- and depression. "The holidays can be very hard for people with bipolar disorder," says Raymond L. Crowel, PsyD, vice president for mental health and substance ab

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  7. Emotional Survival Guide for the Holidays

    'Tis the season to be jolly? Not necessarily. For many people the holiday season, which kicks off with Thanksgiving and spans through New Year's, is anything but blissful. In fact, this time of year may trigger a bout of the blues or perhaps ignite a depression that has been smoldering under the sur

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  8. Anorexia: The Body Neglected

    Anorexia nervosa takes an enormous toll on the body. But that's not all. It has the highest death rate of any mental illness. Between 5% and 20% of people who develop the disease eventually die from it. The longer you have it, the more likely you will die from it. Even for those who survive, the dis

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  9. Why We Love Scary Movies

    Halloween is nigh, and along with the parade of adorable elves and fairies knocking on your door come some more disturbing phenomena: scary haunted houses, wild parties and, perhaps most jarringly, a new onslaught of ghastly horror films. This year the biggest new release will be Saw IV, the fourth

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  10. 5 Halloween Character Case Files

    If you've decided to dress as a scary, creepy character this Halloween, you're likely to have plenty of company. Witches, zombies, ghouls, vampires, and werewolves are perennial favorites of young and old alike. You should also know, however, that most of these characters have medical and psychologi

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