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  1. Finding Joy: A Mind-Body-Spirit Guide

    Rachel can't sleep, can't eat. She is in the midst of a family health crisis, marriage problems, and other issues. She's faced bouts of mild depression all her life, but this is suddenly much worse -- a severe case of anxious depression. Rachel needs an antidepressant, most psychiatrists would say.

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  2. Could You Be Depressed and Not Know It?

    "Could you be depressed and not know it?" This sounds like a ridiculous question. After all, wouldn't you know if you were depressed? Possibly not. Depression can take hold gradually, without a person realizing that depressive thoughts and feelings are increasingly dominating her perspective - and h

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  3. Chris Benoit: Was Roid Rage to Blame?

    Pro wrestler Chris Benoit apparently was taking testosterone before his death, toxicology tests show. Benoit, his wife, Nancy, and their son, Daniel, were found dead in their home in Fayetteville, Ga., near Atlanta in late June. The deaths are suspected to be a murder-suicide that began when Benoit

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  4. Addiction: Life in a Bottle

    As an aspiring novelist in his early 20s, Carl (not his real name) equated the glamorous life of writing with boozing. "Faulkner, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and more contemporary writers were known as big boozers. If it was good for them, why can't it be good for me?" he thought. But he didn't get the r

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  5. The Truth About Phobias

    Weddings are generally joyous occasions, but not so for Marissa Wolicki, 25, of Toronto, Canada, who reluctantly attended one recently with her boyfriend. "All of a sudden, the room started to spin. I started to feel really nauseated. My heart went pound-pound-pound-pound. I grabbed my boyfriend's h

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  6. Eating Disorders in Children and Teens

    Eating disorders in children and teens cause serious changes in eating habits that can lead to major, even life threatening health problems. The three main types of eating disorders are: Anorexia, a condition in which a child refuses to eat adequate calories out of an intense and irrational fear of

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  7. One Woman's Race Against Anorexia

    Food has consumed my thoughts in good and bad ways for several years. I used to wake up every morning thinking about what I was going to eat at each meal and how many calories I would burn with my daily workout. I became isolated from my friends and spent countless hours in my college dorm room in o

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  8. Balancing Bipolar Disorder

    Karen Renken was just 14, but she knew something was terribly wrong. "I was a straight-A student, and suddenly I started failing in school," says Renken, now 45, of Long Island, N.Y. At high school, she would go from enjoying a seemingly normal mood to throwing a tantrum in the hallway. Her teenage

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  9. Worried Sick? Help for Hypochondria

    According to his doctor, Rich David is a healthy 32-year-old man. Yet for years, David has believed otherwise.  All it takes is a swollen gland or an upset stomach to set him off. Immediately, he assumes -- he knows -- that he's fatally ill. "I'll waste days researching gruesome cancers on the Inter

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  10. Chamomile: Shelter from the Storm

    By Maggy Howe The rejuvenating effects of chamomile.   I am sorry to say that Peter was not very well during the evening. His mother put him to bed, and made some camomile tea; and she gave a dose of it to Peter! "One tablespoon to be taken at bed-time." --The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter De

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