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  1. 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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  2. 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 Intern

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. How to Keep Joy in Your Life All Year Long

    It's the one resolution you must keep this year! Start by taking inventory of what matters to you and what makes you happy. Then, work on savoring those experiences! Here, four ways to create more delight each and every day from Michelle DeAngelis, life consultant and founder of Planetjoyride.com. P

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  6. 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 Dear

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  7. Your Child and Anxiety: School Stress Starts Early

    Call it pressure. Call it great expectations. Whatever its name the result is the same: school stress. It starts as soon as kindergarten. It turns play into competitive sport. It turns the joy of learning into a struggle to excel. It turns friends into social connections and charitable acts into a l

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  8. Movie Therapy: Using Movies for Mental Health

    Can watching a film like The Departed help you cope with your own betrayals? Does The Queen make you think about your place in class and society? And can a movie like Letters From Iwo Jima teach you anything about war and conflict? Proponents of cinema therapy say that, in addition to getting award

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  9. Forgive and Forget

    Many people view forgiveness as an offshoot of love -- a gift given freely to those who have hurt you. Forgiveness, however, may bring enormous benefits to the person who gives that gift, according to recent research. If you can bring yourself to forgive and forget, you are likely to enjoy lower blo

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  10. How to Conquer Your Fear of Flying

    Mary Avis had been a white-knuckle flyer for years. But on one fateful flight from Virginia to Boston several years ago, her fear finally took complete control. Although the weather was clear and the flight was smooth, Avis panicked. "I was sure that if I stood up, the floor would collapse and I'd f

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