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  1. 10 Signs of an Ailing Mind

    Maybe you're having that proverbial "bad day" - or perhaps a rough few weeks: Feeling down, anxious, overstressed, as if you're one breath away from the "last straw." If so, you may be surprised to learn it's quite common; doctors say it's part of the human condition. "The presence of anxiety, of a

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  2. Under Pressure: What Is a Panic Attack?

    A man in his mid-40s is rushed to an emergency room. He is sweating, his heart is racing, and he can't catch his breath. He and his wife are convinced he is having a heart attack. He could be-only, this time, the ER doctors tell him his heart is just fine. What he's having is a panic attack. Though

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  3. The Emotional Drain of Watching Disaster Unfold

    As Hurricane Rita bears down on Texas, the horrific images and stories from Hurricane Katrina are still fresh in our minds: desperate people unable to evacuate, pets left for dead, families split up and dispersed all over the country, jobs gone, homes destroyed. And it didn't help that initial relie

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  4. Psychology vs. Psychiatry: Which Is Better?

    What's the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist? That may sound like a setup for a knee-slapper, but it's actually a good question, and many people don't know the full answer. It's not as simple as who tends to what, like the difference between a goatherd and shepherd. Both kinds of

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  5. Coping With Impending Death

    As the recent series finale of HBO's Emmy award winning series, Six Feet Under, implied, no matter how accepting we think we are of death, coming to terms with the loss of a loved one as well our own mortality can be shocking, divisive, and devastating. This drama focused on the life and times of th

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  6. Help Yourself out of Depression

    Recovery from depression can be a long process. A variety of treatments for depression exists, but they may take time before an effect is noticed. Weeks, if not months, may pass between the time when you see a health care provider about depression and when your mood starts to lift. While some improv

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  7. Cutting and Self-Harm: Warning Signs and Treatment

    Cutting. It's a practice that is foreign, frightening, to parents. It is not a suicide attempt, though it may look and seem that way. Cutting is a form of self-injury -- the person is literally making small cuts on his or her body, usually the arms and legs. It's difficult for many people to underst

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  8. Self-Injury: One Family's Story

    Dawn was a junior in high school when her secret was discovered - she was practicing self-harm, she was cutting herself. That was eight years ago. Today, Dawn is nearly 25, and has transformed herself and her life. She has focused her career goals on helping others with emotional problems. Dawn and

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  9. The Changing Face of Anorexia

    Think anorexia is a teen disease, or a habit taken up by spoiled, white rich girls? Think again. White women in their teens and 20s still account for most anorexia cases in the U.S. But experts say women in their 40s and 50s, men, black and Hispanic women, and even little girls as young as 8 or 9 ye

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  10. Living With Anorexia: Denise Demers

    By Denise Myers Demers Weight has always been an issue for me. In my high school yearbook I wrote as my goal, "Stay 105," which is pretty sad when you think of it. In the summer of 2004, I was about to turn 45, and I decided I wanted to meet that goal. The goal became my focus, because so many other

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