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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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Living With Bulimia: Kathy Benn

    By Kathy Benn Two years ago, on a summer Sunday night at about 10 p.m., I found my daughter's body in her bedroom. She had gone up to her room to read and I was sitting at the kitchen table when I heard a strange sigh from Shel's bedroom. I thought she was on the phone and someone had just told her

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  9. Living With Anorexia: Carré Otis

    By Carré Otis Growing up in an alcoholic household where life was chaotic and unstable had me searching for ways to cope and remedy the anxiety I experienced. I had a tremendous fear of becoming a woman, and my relationship with my mother was fractured. I lacked the nurturing that makes the process

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  10. Living With Anorexia: Melissa Román

    By  Melissa Román I come from a very Catholic family in which everything has to be picture perfect, even if it's an illusion, like in "Desperate Housewives." I was always thin, while my sister was the overweight one -- my mother put her on Weight Watchers when she was 12. Early on, I got the message

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